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‘Welcome to guiding’ Workshop – Leeds


‘Welcome to guiding’ Leeds  – Saturday 5 March 2016

On Saturday 5 March an enthusiastic group of local volunteers met at the Shine Centre in Leeds for North East England’s first ‘Welcome to guiding’ workshop. This event was the first of four workshops that are running throughout the spring of 2016 and was held thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.


Volunteers attended from the surrounding area in Leeds IMG_20160305_112214971and others travelled from further afield – including Mirfield and Filey. Some Leaders came with an interest in ‘Growing Guiding’ and were looking for support with local recruitment and retaining existing volunteers.

A number of local Commissioners attended with a view to receiving more information about how to encourage volunteers and getting them involved in supporting local units.

Lynne Reid, Assistant County Commissioner and local County Join Us Coordinator for Leeds County said that “I enjoyed all of the sessions today. It is so valuable to share ideas and meet people from other Counties.”

The workshop sessions included how to use local data and mapping to plan recruitment events, what resources are out there to enable your events to look and be successful, how to overcome barriers to joining Girlguiding and how to welcome new members and support their volunteering journey.IMG_20160305_120859375_HDR

Each participant was given an adaptable toolkit of resources and information to take away with them.

If you are a Leader, Commissioner or Adviser who is looking to find out more about recruitment, retention and welcoming new members into guiding, have a look at the dates for the following workshops that are taking place around the Region. Why not bring another volunteer along with you so that you can share your stories locally and meet with other Leaders?


Doncaster – 3 April

Newcastle – 23 April

Darlington – 7 May


Hazel Creaghan – Project and Administration Assistant, March 2016