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Girlguiding is the UK’s largest organisation for girls and young women, with around half a million members. It is divided into smaller areas for easier communication and administration, and to support local guiding effectively. Our region is Girlguiding Scotland which is then broken down into counties – such as Ayrshire North!

Each County has an executive and advisers who support the growth of Guiding in their area. This team is lead by the County and Assistant County Commissioners.

Within each county there are also divisions, to further support local guiding. Within Ayrshire North, we have 10 divisions spread across the area. Each of these have a division commissioner who is part of the County Executive.

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Girlguiding Ayrshire North – County Map

Finally, there are the units that members meet at on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. They are run by voluntary leaders, young leaders, and unit helpers. All volunteers have their PVG disclosure, with unit leaders also holding a Girlguiding leadership qualification which includes first response training. All girls are welcome as there are units available for those aged 5 to 25 years old.

 

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Girlguiding UK (and therefore every level of Girlguiding) is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). The World Association was founded in 1928 as the umbrella organisation for guiding and girl scouting associations around the world. WAGGGS is the largest organisation in the world providing non-formal education to girls and young women and has links with many other organisations, including the United Nations. It works to directly influence issues relevant to girls and young women, such as empowerment, life skills, leadership and the fight against HIV and AIDS. All ten million WAGGGS members in 144 countries share the same traditions and aims despite ethnic, cultural, religious and economic differences.