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Get to grips with core elements of our new programme

We want you to feel confident about delivering the new programme. So our national learning and development volunteers have created a range of training opportunities that will tell you all you need to know. They cover themes, awards, interest badges, skills builders and more.

The training is designed to be flexible so that it fits into your busy guiding lives. There are a range of modules for you to choose from. You don’t need to do all these modules – instead you can pick and mix the ones that best suit your needs.

Choose your training

You can choose whether you do the modules online in our new e-learning, or go to in-person training sessions with our experienced trainers. We also have a calendar of webinars so you can learn about the programme in real-time with a Girlguiding trainer, and ask questions from the comfort of your own home. You could even do a combination of them all. The choice is yours.

  • In-person – to attend an in-person training session find out what your area has scheduled as you normally would.
  • Webinar – To attend a webinar, which is a live event online, check out the schedule in your events pages on GO. Webinars are booked on a first come, first served basis so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
  • e-learning – To access the programme e-learning, select the relevant module links below.

Training modules

Ready to get going with our new programme training? Choose your modules below. Each module is available as in-person training, a webinar on GO and as e-learning, meaning you’re free to choose which topics you explore and how you acccess them. You can do the e-learning modules in any order, but we suggest you do the Programme overview first.

Programme overview

An introduction to the programme and all its elements including: themes, unit meeting activities, skills builders, interest badges, Theme awards, section Gold awards and anniversary badges.

Go to the e-learning overview

Unit meeting activities and skills builders

Find out more about these elements of the programme and how you might use them in your unit.

Go to the unit meeting activities and skills builders e-learning

Interest and anniversary badges

Learn all about our interest badges and anniversary badges, how you can support girls with them and when to award them.

Go to interest and anniversary badges e-learning


Delve into the details of Theme awards, section Gold awards, the Queen’s Guide award and the Commonwealth award. Find out how girls can achieve them and how you can support girls with them.

Go to the awards e-learning

Unit programme planning

Explore how to create a balanced and varied, girl-led unit programme. Make sure it meets the Five Essentials and help all girls within your unit to fulfil their potential.

Go to the programme planning e-learning

Section handbooks and badge/record books

Find out what’s in these resources for girls, how they can support your unit meetings and how you can help girls to use them. Please note that this training is available as a webinar or through in-person training, but it is not available as an e-learning.



We’ve updated our A Safe Space training to help you create an environment where girls can be safe and have fun.

Safety is at the heart of everything we do. Because we know that when girls feel safe, they feel brave enough to do things they never thought they could. That’s why we’ve updated our A Safe Space training.

The new training will help you:

  • Understand your role in safeguarding and what to do
  • Recognise potential safeguarding issues
  • Understand our safety and safeguarding policies
  • Chat to others about what to do
  • Answer your questions

There are four levels of training. All volunteers will need to do Level 1 unless you’ve done A Safe Space training in the last three years. The previous A Safe Space training is equivalent to Level 1 and 2 of this training.

A Safe Space – Unit Role Requirements 


A Safe Space Training – Levels

A Safe Space, Level 1 – An introduction

For all volunteers including occasional helpers, GO coordinators, home contacts, peer educators and young leaders.

People visiting units more than once should be asked to complete the Level 1 A Safe Space training. As we cannot log or enforce this training until someone is a registered volunteer on GO there is no need to ask for proof of completion. Anyone completing the eLearning can download and save or print a certificate at that time should they later want it as proof.

People visiting a unit once do not need to be asked to complete the Level 1 A Safe Space training but if returning,  please do ensure they are aware of the importance of understanding and implementing our safeguarding practice.

Read more about A Safe Space, Level 1

A Safe Space, Level 2 – Creating a safe space

For leaders, assistant leaders, unit helpers, leaders in training, young leaders, peer educators and those that are doing level 3 and 4.

Read more about A Safe Space, Level 2

A Safe Space, Level 3 – Recognising, telling and taking action

For anyone leading a team of adults, at least one leader per unit (leader, assistant leader, leader in training), mentors, advisers, coordinators (except GO coordinators), licence holders on residentials, trainers, tutors and those doing level 4.

Read more about A Safe Space, Level 3

A Safe Space, Level 4 – Managing concerns, allegations and disclosures

For all commissioners, designates, deputies and those sharing a role, trainers delivering A Safe Space Level 4, safeguarding leads and A Safe Space advisers. There may be volunteers in other roles that may find this useful, for example, contingent management/support teams leading a national contingent to international events.

Level 4 resources are available to all trainers and those attending the Level 4 training. To access them please liaise with your commissioner, A Safe Space trainer, trainer coordinator or email 

After you’ve done the training

Your GO record will show you’ve done it and when you need a refresher, you’ll be sent a reminder. This happens every three years for Levels 1-3 and every five years for Level 4, to make sure everyone is up to date with any changes.



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