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Virtual guiding new starter form
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Virtual guiding new starter form
Although we’ve had to put all our in-person unit meetings on hold, we’re still keen to meet, stay
connected with girls, try new activities and work towards badges and awards.
Units are keeping in touch in lots of different ways during this time, some are sending out newsletters
and activities to their girls and others are meeting online. Units don’t have to be running virtually and
some are taking a break. Girls in those units can take part in our Adventures at home activities and work
towards badges. Your leader will be able to give you more information about how their unit is keeping in
We’ve designed this virtual guiding new starter form to capture all the information that you and your
leader need in order for your child to join in virtual guiding. When in-person unit meetings are running
again you’ll need to complete a different form to capture the additional information you and your leader
What does it cost to join Girlguiding?
All Girlguiding groups (also called ‘units’) charge subscriptions or ‘subs’ to cover the costs of equipment,
activities and hiring the meeting place. These can be paid weekly, monthly or each term. There’s also an
annual subscription paid by all members that covers the day-to-day running of our charity and your local
guiding area. This is sometimes included in subs.
Your leader will let you know the costs for your unit and when these can be paid. The costs for online
guiding may be the same or less than the costs when the unit is meeting in-person again.
We try to make guiding affordable for all girls and there’s help at hand if you can’t meet the costs. If
you’re concerned about any of these costs, speak to your unit leader and she can tell you about ways we
can help, including our grants.
As Girlguiding is a charity, if you pay income tax we can use Gift Aid to claim 25p for every £1 you give
us, including your child’s subs. Your leader will send you a gift aid form and we’d really appreciate it if
you could sign it and send back. The extra money will go straight back to your child’s unit.
What you could do to support your child and the volunteers at the unit?
All of our units are run by volunteers who give their time to create an environment that empowers young
members to be the best that they can be. The Girlguiding community treats everyone with respect and
dignity and values the support that parents/carers can give to help to set positive examples. You can
help and support your child and the volunteers at your unit by:
Access to the platform is made through the parent/carers account, unless your child meets the age
restrictions for the platform.
Encouraging your child to get involved with unit meeting activities.
• Letting your unit leader know in advance if your child is unable to attend.
• Informing the unit leaders of any changes to your personal details so that they can update the
membership system. This is to ensure your child’s safety.
Looking out for information and returning paperwork (such as consent forms) promptly.
• Making payments on time.
• Encouraging your child to understand and uphold the Girlguiding Promise and Laws.
Please ll in all relevant
sections of this form and
return to your unit leader