We team up with other organisations to create partnerships and projects that provide adventure and opportunities for young people, bring guiding to life in our communities and ensure that our young members’ achievements are recognised in schools.
Strategic Funding Partnership
The Scottish Government provides funding to Girlguiding Scotland through the Strategic Funding Partnership, which aims to boost work to support young people and their families.
We use some of this funding for our Growing Guiding project to inspire more volunteers and girls to join guiding, and reduce the numbers of girls waiting to join the fun.
This year we also used Strategic Funding Partnership funding to run a pilot weekend to encourage Brownies to stay on in guiding. The event, in September 2015, gave girls a flavour of what being a Guide is all about, including trying out Guide activities and outdoor challenges.
The Gannochy Trust
Scottish grant-making charity The Gannochy Trust has provided generous support to enable Girlguiding Scotland to offer top quality guiding to more girls.
With their support, we have set up a fund to support local guiding groups to recruit and train more Leaders, encourage girls to stay in guiding and open new units. We’ve also used the funding to provide skill-sharing events to enhance the quality of guiding opportunities available to girls and young women throughout Scotland.
This includes enabling Girlguiding Ross-shire to prevent units from closing by recruiting new Leaders, helping Girlguiding Dundee to grow the number of Young Leaders – the next generation of unit Leaders – and best practice sharing events for guiding groups in Scotland’s cities and the Highlands and Islands.
Education Links project
Girlguiding Scotland gives girls and young women the opportunity to challenge themselves and gain valuable awards and qualifications. These awards give our young members a real challenge which helps them grow and gain leadership skills.
We want to see awards received through guiding recognised in schools, so we’ve been working with secondary schools across Scotland on a project to deliver the SQA Leadership Award. This project which is funded through the Strategic Funding Partnership, allows young women in senior school to gain recognition in their school for the non-formal learning and achievements they achieve through guiding.
Girlguiding Scotland currently sits on a working group of the Awards Network looking at how students’ wider achievements can be captured. We’ve also taken part in Education Scotland’s ‘creative conversation’ about recognising young people’s achievements.
The Youth United project, funded by the Cabinet Office, allows us to create new places for girls and volunteers in selected communities across the country.
Scotland is one of nine Girlguiding regions taking part in this project in the UK, with development workers across target areas to encourage membership in these hard-to-reach communities.
Alison Miller, Development Worker at Girlguiding Scotland, says: “I’m here to help guiders across our three Lanarkshire counties to start new units or grow existing units with five members or less. We want to increase the number of Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and The Senior Section spaces available, so that more girls can join the guiding adventure. We also want to raise awareness of the fantastic volunteering opportunities Girlguiding Scotland offers students and adults.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14 to 24. Girlguiding Scotland has joined forces with DofE to offer our young members the opportunity to work towards their Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards through guiding. The DofE programme dovetails closely with many of the other guiding awards and qualifications available to our members, such as the Queen’s Guide Award.