The County has some resources that can be borrowed for use with units. The table below shows the major items along with hire charges where applicable. See the downloads section of the Members’ Area for booking forms/terms and conditions for some items.
It is the responsibility of the person borrowing any equipment to organise collection and return of any resources. Please book in good time, so that suitable collection times can be arranged.
There is a large network of people who can help you.
Other Girlguiding volunteers in your area
You will be part of a district* – a local team of units and their leaders. Chat to other leaders at your district meetings, share ideas and experiences. Your district commissioner will let you know the date of your next district meeting. Many units get together to run events or activities and these are great networking opportunities both for volunteers and young members.
*Malmesbury division is organised by age sections rather than by districts
Your district commissioner is there to support you. She can give you advice and guidance on a range of topics and help you find answers to those elusive questions. She may need to refer to the division commissioner (the next level up) or one of the county commissioners. Commissioners of all levels exist to support good guiding at grassroots.
Advisers are volunteers appointed by the county who have a specialist area of knowledge and are willing to share that knowledge and experience. See the full list: About / County team.
If you are working on the Leadership Qualification or any other Girlguiding qualification, you will be allocated a mentor. This is someone who has experience of gaining the same qualification. Your mentor will help you to develop your skills and knowledge.
Members of your local Trefoil Guild may be able to help out with events, unit meetings, badge testing, sharing skills and traditions, crafts, fundraising, administration and ideas. Many Trefoil Guild members will have had years of experience as leaders themselves and will be pleased to share that experience with you. Take a look at the 'About' page for information about Wiltshire North's Trefoil Guilds.
People in the community
This will vary hugely depending on your local area but may include Scouting leaders, schools, other charities, places of worship, GP, dentist, vet, shopkeeper. Many organisations and companies are keen to support guiding through joint activities, visits and talks.
We offer a wide range of training opportunities throughout the year, for volunteers of all levels of experience. The benefits of attending local trainings are more than just the content of the sessions, which obviously we hope will be useful! Trainings are also a great way of meeting other volunteers from across Wiltshire North and those unplanned conversations can be really valuable.
You will find the full range of training opportunities within the Volunteers section. We are always open to suggestions of other topics you would find useful. Please send any ideas you have to [email protected]wncounty.org.uk.
This is where resources really are limitless! You will find all sorts of craft, game and activity ideas online via websites, forums, social media and Pinterest amongst others. Below are some specific guiding resources which you may find useful:
County Facebook group – a closed group for Young Leaders and adult members within Wiltshire North
Girlguiding South West Region – resources, badges, events and more
Girlguiding – the national website - from here you will also find links to the youth websites (each age group has a website aimed at its young members)
WAGGGS – World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
Our county trading depot is where you can buy Girlguiding resources, badges and guiding wear. The depot stocks, or can order anything from the Girlguiding Essentials range and all profits made by our trading depot go directly back into local guiding to benefit our members.
Link to online catalogue
Located at Unit 14, Apsley House, Apsley Arcade, High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7AQ, our depot is open on Saturdays (10am to 4pm) during term-time. See below for summer term 2021 dates:
22 May 2021
5 June 2021
12 June 2021
19 June 2021
26 June 2021
3 July 2021
10 July 2021
17 July 2021
Reopening for the autumn term on Saturday 4 September 2021
Email: [email protected]org.uk
For those buying guiding wear, a fitting room is available and by purchasing in the depot, you will save on postage and packing. The Members’ Area contains badge prices.
Girlguiding South West Region has a range of programme resources and badges for all sections, plus some gift items. Their online shop can be found at: