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Girlguiding Cornwall
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Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good.

In Girlguiding Cornwall County we offer the following groups: 

  • Rainbows: 5-7 years
  • Brownies: 7-11 years
  • Guides: 10-14 years
  • Rangers: 14-18 years
  • And Trefoil Guild: 18+ years

We also offer flexible opportunities and activities for young women aged 18-30 years old. 

Within the charity there are plenty of opportunities for young women and adults to get involved in from helping out with groups, organising events or leading a group of volunteers, these are few of the example roles that you could take on. 

Whether you are interested in your daughter joining one of our groups or would like to volunteer for the charity, please visit our website to enquire about joining. Alternatively you can ring the phone number below. 

Who to contact

Contact name
Girlguiding enquiries support line
Telephone
0800 169 5901
Website
www.girlguidingcornwall.org.uk
Facebook
Girlguiding Cornwall's facebook page
Twitter
Girlguiding Cornwall's twitter page

Where to go

Notes

Girlguiding Cornwall county is split into eight divisions, which are:

  • North Cornwall;
  • Caradon Cotehele;
  • Caradon Tamar;
  • Restormel;
  • Carrick North;
  • Carrick South;
  • Kerrier;¬†
  • and Penwith.

These break down further into what we call districts, so we are sure that we will find you a group nearby your home. Please visit the Girlguiding Cornwall website to discover more about our divisions and districts.

Time / date details

Time of day
Evening
Afternoon
Morning

Other details

Costs

Details
There is a yearly membership subscription to Girlguiding, which groups pay for every February/March. The rate for this year is £35 per person.

Most groups will include this in their own subs which could also include the following: rent, trips, events, resources, stationery, uniform, food, and any other miscellaneous items they may need to operate the group and their weekly meetings.

Each group will have their own subs rate and will choose when it is payable. Volunteers are often paid for by their main level/ group that they help out with.
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
No

Availability

Age ranges
From 5 years 0 months to 100 years 0 months
Referral required
No
Referral details

Unit meetings take place across the week. Please enquire through 'Join Us' for accurate information regarding Times and Days for your location.

Inclusion details

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How we make our service inclusive

Being inclusive of all girls is important to us so Girlguiding have created guidance to help our volunteers to ensure that we can welcome disabled girls and volunteers into guiding.

We follow these simple steps to make sure we’re including disabled young members and doing our best for them.

  • Talk openly and honestly to the young person about their impairment
  • Work with the parent or carer as allies, if applicable
  • Explain that we are a charity and our services and activities are delivered by volunteers
  • Keep communications open with the parent or carers
  • Keep a record of conversations, what’s planned and agreed - for you and the parent or carers
  • Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions – get informed
  • If you need to recruit volunteers to support, be specific about the skills and role
  • Make sure you put any reasonable adjustments in place before a new member starts
  • Review plans and reasonable adjustments with the parent or carers to check how things are going
  • Always make plans based on what the young member can do
  • Don’t forget you can get funding from HQ for disability support

Girlguiding have also worked with the National Autistic Society (NAS) to develop our own printable communication passports for Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.

For adapting games and activities we think RECIPES. 

  • Rules
  • Equipment
  • Changes to speed and force
  • Instructions
  • Practice
  • Environment
  • Skills

Further information

Additional information can be found on girlguiding.org.uk/making-guiding-happen and look for 'Running your unit' to find out how our volunteers will try and work with the young member or volunteer with additional needs to make them feel welcomed and included. 

Staff SEND experience

All our volunteers have the option to undertake the 'Disability confidence training' if they require extra support and knowledge. 

Other local or national support

Specialist organisations that can provide you with advice and information

Contact these organisations for the most up-to-date information about supporting members with additional needs.

Mencap - the leading voice of learning disability. They work with people with learning disabilities to change laws and services, challenge prejudices and provide support.

The National Autistic Society - the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism.

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) - the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. Girlguiding are signed up to NDCS’ Me2 Deaf-Friendly Activities Pledge as part of our commitment to ensure that we are for all girls. Units can sign up to the pledge individually to take steps to become genuinely inclusive for deaf children and young people.

Action on Hearing Loss - the new name for RNID. They offer a range of services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and provide information and support on all aspects of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.

Blind Children UK - the leading charity for children and young people with sight loss. They support children and their families with the challenges of young sight loss.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) - charity and membership body of and for blind people and those with sight problems. They raise awareness of sight problems, and how to prevent sight loss, and campaign for better services and a more inclusive society.

Action for Blind People - national charity that provides practical help and support to blind and partially sighted people of all ages.

YoungMinds - the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Mind - a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, through campaigning, raising awareness and promoting understanding.

Rethink Mental Illness - they work to help everyone affected by mental illness to recover a better quality of life.

Beat - the world’s largest eating disorder charity and works to support people affected by eating disorders, their family and friends.

Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints

If someone raises a concern

Any worry or concern about the lack of access or failure to make a reasonable adjustment should be taken seriously. Sometimes this can be raised informally. But it could be raised formally as a complaint.

Remember that disabled people can take legal action if an organisation fails to make a reasonable adjustment. If you need any advice about managing a concern contact the infoteam@girlguiding.org.uk.

Last updated: 01/08/2019

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