Annual Gathering 2016
Girlguiding Wirral County President Pat Turner and Lead Volunteer Linda Smallthwaite welcomed their guests to this years Annual Gathering and Awards night. Guests included Dame Lorna Muirhead, the Mayors of Wirral and Ellesmere Port, Region Chief Commissioner Julie Bell and Region Team Member Alex Dodd and County Co-ordinator Sarah Parkhouse, Girlguiding Wirral Ambassadors, Jane Owens, Annette Roberts, Gerry and Maggie Ellis, Trainer Simon Naylor plus Scouting colleagues, volunteer leaders, girl members and parents.
‘Tonight is a night for saying thank you to all of those who support Girlguiding Wirral to work with girls and young women across Wirral, Ellesmere Port and Neston. We have more than 3,600 girl members and 1,000 volunteers and we’re growing!’ said Linda. ‘Our members young and old, develop a fantastic skill set that helps us all whatever we do in life. It’s only through volunteers and wider support that we can offer life changing skills and experiences to girls across the area.’
71 leaders received long service awards for either 5, 10, 20, 30 or 40 years awards totalled 990 years of service from these wonderful volunteers.
County President Pat Turner said, ‘every year we are thrilled with what Guiding offers all our members. Our leaders offer fabulous weekly meetings which help girls grow into role models, many of whom go on to become our leaders of the future. Girlguiding is built on a 100+ year history of volunteers and we’re continuing to go from strength to strength changing girls lives for the better everyday.’
Commonwealth Award is open to girls aged 13+ click here
Chief Guides Challenge award is for Senior Section girls click here
A light-hearted look at a Leader’s Job Description!
POSITION: Guiding Leader
JOB DESCRIPTION: Long-term team players needed for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and sometimes 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy and/or snowy weekends. Extensive courier duties also required.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Must be willing to be temporarily disliked at times or at least until the next fun activity. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the other end of the room are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable until the time comes to move on. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million “things” made from funky foam, wood, string, wiggly eyes, feathers, glue and such like. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and caretaking work throughout the facility.
HOURS OF WORK: Variable – ranges from 1.5 hours per week to every available waking moment.
POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT AND PROMOTION: Your job as a Unit Leader will be to remain in the same position for years, dealing with individuals of different ages at different times, without complaining, but constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required. On-the-job training offered on a continual exciting basis. Training sessions also available, to be taken with a wide variety of people in exactly the same position you are.
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS – must have a dining room table to give to Guiding, as well as bookcases and a garage, infact space for boxes, craft supplies, camp supplies, and other paraphernalia.
WAGES AND COMPENSATION: Money-wise – none. This is however offset by smiles, hugs and tears, either your own or those of the people in your charge.
BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs and friends for life if you play your cards right.