Local Funding Opportunities (May 2021)

Do you, your members, or your unit need financial support for guiding activities?

There are number of grants available to give units, girls and volunteers a helping hand, support trips away, and ensure members with additional needs can fully participate in guiding. Read on to find out whats available.

What can I spend the grant on?
There are many ways you can use your grants, some ideas include;

Annual subscriptions.
Equipment or materials to support face-to-face guiding (indoor or outdoor), such as Covid safety materials including sanitiser and masks.
Equipment or software to support virtual guiding, for example activity packs.
Materials or expenses related to at-home guiding.
Training.
Venue costs, such as hall rent. The grant can’t be used to buy or improve a venue building.
Volunteer recruitment or retention.
Young member recruitment or retention, such as posters.
Other purchases that will help your unit to stay open.

If any funding application requests a copy of your constitution, you should use the Girlguiding Royal Charter (download here)

List of Grants (May 2021)

Nameof FundWho Can ApplyAmount AvailableApplications Open/CloseLink/EmailArnold Clark Community FundUnits / Divisions / CountyUp to £1,000Any TimeApply hereBailie Gifford Community GrantsUnits / Divisions / CountyUp to £5,000Any TimeApply hereCash for Kids Summer Holiday Group FundingUnits / Divisions / CountyNot disclosedOpen in May, close prior to school -op Local Community FundUnits / Divisions / CountyNot disclosedOpen, close 30th May 2021(but keep checking)Apply hereCorra FoundationUnits / Divisions / County£1,000 – £2,000Any TimeApply hereEAYN Equipment GrantUnits / Divisions / County (EAC Only)Up to £750Any GrantUnits / Divisions / County (EAC Only)Up to £750Any Holiday Handout GrantUnits / Divisions / County (EAC Only)Up to £200Each school holiday period, 4x per Start Up GrantUnits (EAC Only)Up to £500Any Trust Developing Guiding FundsUnits / Divisions / CountyUp to £500Any TimeApply […]

Brownie Challenge of the Month

In 2021, there’ll be a new challenge and new activity to try every quarter.
Our challenges are for girls to explore and investigate however they want.
You don’t have to do them in your unit meetings, but you might want to talk about how you are all getting on.
These challenges are not part of the Girlguiding programme, but they are inspired by our interest badges and we hope they inspire girls to try new things.
Storytime stars
What’s that in the sky? A bird, a plane or a sea of stars? Have you noticed the things you see in the sky at different times of the day?
We challenge you to discover what you can see at night time from your home. Whether that’s from your bedroom window or just outside your front door – it’s time to look up and appreciate our night sky. Have you ever stargazed? Have you looked up at the sky and seen the stars, or maybe even daydreamed whilst looking at them?
Each day, keep a space journal of what you see. Jot down what you were thinking or doodle what you could see that night. You might want to think about how many stars you saw, or if they were the same place as they were yesterday. Could you see more or less each day? You might see different things in the sky depending on where you live, and what the weather is that day. Why do you think this is?
When you’ve completed your space journal, print out our fun activity sheet to bring the stars into your home. Cut out the holes and shine a light (you could use a torch) at the paper to see a constellation of stars appear on your wall. […]

Rainbow Activity

Here you’ll find our challenges for kids to try themselves, and some amazing activities to download and try any time.
In 2021, we’ll be sharing a new challenge for girls to explore however they want every quarter. You don’t have to do them in your unit meetings, but you might want to talk about how you are all getting on.
These challenges are not part of the Girlguiding programme, but they are inspired by our interest badges and we hope they inspire girls to try new things.
Stargazing story time 

Look up to the sky! What do you see? Have you ever noticed that you see different things in the sky at different times of the day?
We challenge you to discover what you can see at night time from your home. Whether that’s from your bedroom window or just outside your front door – it’s time to look up and appreciate our night sky. Have you ever heard of the word stargazing? This is to look up to the sky and see the stars.
Each day, jot down or draw what you can see in the night sky. How many stars can you count? Are they in the same place as they were yesterday? You might see different things in the sky depending on where you live, and what the weather is that day.
At the end of the month, print out our fun activity sheet to bring the stars into your home. Ask an adult to help you cut out the holes and shine a light (you could use a torch) at the paper to see a constellation of stars appear on your wall. A constellation is a group of stars that appears to form a pattern or picture. […]

Happy Easter Everyone!!

Additional Resources

Lots of our friends and partners are sharing great resources for keeping busy and healthy during the lockdown.
Girlguiding are supported by a host of amazing businesses and organisations, who provide us with everything from research support to equipment for our outdoor adventures. Many of them have offered their very own brilliant resources for girls, young women, volunteers and parents to support our Adventures at home activities.
DePuy Synthes
DePuy Synthes have been manufacturing and innovating medical equipment since 1895. Since 2019 DePuy Synthes have also been the official sponsor of the Inventing interest badge for Brownies and are super keen to see everyone’s innovative inventions!
Together we are inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and inventors to learn about the amazing inventions of history and to look to the future. DePuy Synthes have developed some fun activities for us to learn about inventing, manufacturing and designing new tools. Download their egg drop challenge and help Sally the skeleton activities.
Google
Google are passionate about ‘making technology for everyone’. Together, we’re inspiring girls to explore technology. One of the ways we’re doing this is with the Digital design interest badge for Rangers, which was created with support from Google to help girls develop their digital skills and confidence.
Did you know that engineers at Google also created the Google’s Digital Adventure activity pack for Brownies? It’s fun to do whether you’re a beginner or experienced when it comes to computer skills. You’ll have the chance to create a robot and think about what instructions you’d give it to help it do a task – like tidying your bedroom! Remember once completed, we have a special Digital Adventure badge too!
ODEON
At Girlguiding we like big, fun adventures and sometimes that includes taking […]

Meet the team – Irene McIllwain

😁 Meet the Team! 😁

 

As Marcom Advisors we are introducing a new segment called ‘Meet the Team’. Every few weeks we will be introducing a member from our County! From Commissioners to County Execs!

 

This week we would like to introduce:

Irene McIllwain

 

Role: Unit Leader with 5th Bourtreehill Brownies and Irvine and Dreghorn Division Commissioner

 

Length of time in Girlguiding: 27 years

 

Best Girlguiding Memory: Winning a Golden Trefoil Award at the celebration at the Hospitality Inn when Doreen Grey handed over as County Commissioner to Helen Shedden.

 

Favourite Campfire song: Linger 

 

Guiding Achievements: Brownie Leader; Assistant Guide Leader; Mentorship Co-Ordinator; Guiding Development Adviser; District Commissioner; County Secretary; Division Commissioner; Good Service Awards from Doreen Gray, County Commissioner and Helen Shedden, County Commissioner.

 

Favourite Trip/Opportunity: Taking part in Ayrwaves 2004, 2008 and 2012, organising and attending the Brownie Sub-Camps.

 

Why choose to volunteer for Girlguiding?: Like so many Leaders, I started as a Mum helper when my daughter was a Brownie, and enjoyed it so much I joined as a Leader and have never left! It is such a great experience. 

 

👍 Thank You Irene for taking part! 👍

Virtual Activity for Rangers

Try this amazing at-home activity ideas to keep younger kids entertained.They’re great fun for all young people.
If you are a member, or your daughter is working on her awards in her unit meetings, you’ll be happy to hear that these activities do count towards programme theme awards hours. 
Check out this Activity:

Virtual Games for Brownies

We know that meeting over video just isn’t the same as meeting people face-to-face. But our virtual games should get you giggling and add some virtual fun to your next video call.
Each month we’ll be adding 2 more great ideas to the list.
All the ideas are written for young people – so why not ask them to pick their favorite and share it with everyone on the call?
Surprise sounds
Crash, bang, whizz, pop! What’s that sound?
It’s time to transform into detectives and solve the sound mystery! Take turns switching off your camera and find something nearby to make a noise. For example, you could scrunch up a piece of paper, spin a coin or play a musical instrument. You could even try to use a body part, like clicking or make a funny animal noise.
Try it this wayIf you can’t turn your camera off, move away from the screen or tilt your camera upwards so nobody can see you!
Everybody else – once the noise has been made a few times, take turns guessing what you think it could be. Once everyone’s guessed – turn your camera back on and show them. Did anyone guess correctly?
Top tipMake your noise close to the microphone so everyone can hear you.
Keep playing, taking turns to make your funny noises. Give yourself a point for every correct answer. Who’ll get the most right? They’re the chief detective and will make the first noise the next time you play.
Can you find…
It’s adventure time! But before you set off, listen to what you’ll need along the way. Your leader will ask you to find something to bring for the journey. They’ll tell you a category, and you have to find something that […]

Meet The Team – Lorna McGee

😁 Meet the Team! 😁

 

As Marcom Advisors we are introducing a new segment called ‘Meet the Team’. Every few weeks we will be introducing a member from our County! From Commissioners to County Execs!

 

We would like to introduce is:

Lorna McGee

 

Role: Brownie Leader, 1st Newmilns Brownies and Division Commissioner, Upper Irvine Valley Division

 

Length of time in Girlguiding: 41 years (when I started as a Brownie and never left!)

 

Best Girlguiding Memory: 75th Anniversary camp at Auchengillan.

 

Favourite Campfire song: Lingering

 

Guiding Achievements: Queen’s Guide Award

 

Favourite Trip/Opportunity: Going to Kensington Palace to receive my Queen’s Guide Award from Princess Margaret.

 

Why choose to volunteer for Girlguiding?: To share experiences, make memories, teach life skills and to make a difference.

 

👍 Thank You Lorna for taking part! 👍

Virtual Games for Rangers

These new ideas will make you laugh and help you connect in your video calls
We know that meeting over video just isn’t the same as meeting people face-to-face. But our virtual games should get you giggling and add some virtual fun to your next video call.
Each month we’ll be adding two new great ideas to the list.
Pick your favorite and get everyone in your call to join in!
Suprising sound effects
Crackle, bang, whoosh, ping! What was that? 
Can you guess what noise is being made without seeing it? Close your eyes and click your fingers – does it sound how you imagined?
Now take turns switching off your cameras. Find something around you to make a noise. You might find scratch on a hard surface, rustle some tissue paper, play a musical instrument or close a door. You could even try to use a body part, like clapping – think outside the box!
Try it this wayIf you can’t turn your camera off, move away from the screen or tilt your camera upwards so nobody can see you.
Once the noise has been made a few times, take turns guessing what you think it could be. Once everyone’s guessed – turn your camera back on and show them. Did anyone guess correctly?
Top tipMake your noise close to the microphone so everyone can hear you.
Keep playing, taking turns to make your sounds. Give yourself a point for every correct answer. Who’ll get the most right?
Ready to up the challenge? Think some new rules to add into your game. For example, you only have three seconds to listen to sound, you can only use objects that around found in a kitchen or only use your body parts!
Explain to me
It’s adventure time! […]