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Girlguiding North East England is just one part of Girlguiding, an organisation of half a million girls and women, which in turn is part of the huge global organisation, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which has ten million members.
With over 56,000 members in our region spread across 17 counties, we are proud of the fantastic guiding opportunities we offer girls and young women. Our dedicated volunteers support our young members to grow in confidence, speak out and challenge themselves whilst helping them learn skills for life and make a positive contribution to their community and the wider world. Volunteers are provided with invaluable training and resources to provide a safe and fun environment for girls and young women to be themselves.
Our region spans from the Scottish border in the North to Sheffield in the South, stretching from Spurn Point in the East to Ingleton on the border of Cumbria, encompassing the magnificent North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Dales in between.
We are home to the Roman landmark Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, York Minster the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe, beautiful coastal areas as well as vibrant cities like Leeds and Sheffield. Our region is split into areas that we refer to as Counties. Each county is run by a lead volunteer who is a County Commissioner.
County Commissioner: Gillian Teasdale
About Northumberland county:
Northumberland is the most northerly county in England. Our beautiful county spanning Berwick in the north down, to Cramlington and out to Haltwhistle in the west, can boast more castles and historic sites than anywhere in England. We are a very rural county with large pockets of uninhabited countryside, we have more sheep than people! So, what we do in this fantastic county? With innovative, imaginative and dedicated leaders our 1779 young members have endless opportunities to explore both the arts and the outdoors in a safe girl only space. Brownie sleepovers in Roman forts, guide bivvies, danceathons, scavenger hunts, camps and international visits are merely the tip of the iceberg!
Whittonstall Residential Centre & Campsite. Set in the countryside the house has 29 beds in 4 room (2 dorms and 2 smaller rooms). The campsite has its own amenity Block with toilets and showers all with hot water and a disability wet room it can cater for up to 50 campers there is also a log cabin on site to provide indoor activity space.
County Commissioner: Fiona Wyatt
About Newcastle upon Tyne county:
Girlguiding Newcastle is the smallest county in North East England, which covers the city of Newcastle from the banks of the Tyne and borders with Northumberland and North Tyneside. Although small in area we are densely populated and have active guiding in our four divisions. Newcastle is renowned worldwide for its hospitality and Girlguiding Newcastle’s streamline is If it’s not fun, it’s not Guiding, so whoever you are and wherever you are from, you will always receive a warm welcome from us.
County Commissioner: Irene Johnson
About North Tyneside county:
North Tyneside County spans from the Newcastle border along the river Tyne and along the coast and inland to Northumberland. We have a strong industrial background with shipbuilding and coalmining and are home to Segendunum Roman Fort which marks the end of the Roman Wall, Tynemouth Priory, St Mary’s Lighthouse and George Stephensons Rocket to name but a few. We currently have around 400 adult volunteers and just under 2000 girls and young women enjoying fun and friendship and sharing our adventures
Cheviot View is the old village school and grounds in the hamlet of Kirknewton just north of Wooler, Northumberland. The lodge provides indoor accommodation and the school field is now a fully serviced campsite. It is available for hire to guiding and non guiding groups and provides a great base to explore Northumberland.
County Commissioner: Lisa Nesworthy
About Durham North County:
We give 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. Our County consists of 9 Division areas – Blaydon, Derwentside, Gateshead, Jarrow, South Shields, Sunderland North, Sunderland South, Washington & Houghton and Whickham.
Camp House is owned jointly by Girlguiding Durham North and Girlguiding Durham South. It is situated in the Whitworth Park Estate, Spennymoor with beautiful views of rolling countryside.
County Commissioner: Dianne Farrer
About Durham South:
Girlguiding Durham South brings guiding to over 3000 girls and young women in the County Durham and Darlington area. The Durham South county includes Girlguiding members from Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Chester-Le-Street, Darlington, Durham, East Durham, Newton Aycliffe, Seaham, Sedgefield and Weardale. We aim to 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. Durham South is home to nine divisions, and we have several residential premises for activities and sleeping over.
Barnard Castle HQ based in the heart of Teesdale
Camp House in Spennymoor is jointly owned and run by both Durham North and Durham South counties
Dillon House based at Seaham provides indoor accommodation for small groups
East Shotton Campsite situated within the Raby Estate
Peterlee HQ provides nearby access to Castle Eden Dene
Redwood Lodge provides indoor accommodation in the centre of Durham
County Commissioner: Val Cullen
About Cleveland county:
Girlguiding Cleveland is a vibrant organisation with over 3500 members aged from five years upwards. It is divided into 7 Divisions: Billingham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, North Langbaurgh, South Langbaurgh, Stockton and Tees West, which include coastal, urban and rural areas. Girlguiding Cleveland offers a wide range of opportunities, offering fun and challenge to all our members.
If you are looking to stay with us as a group in the Cleveland area, we own residential properties at Marske and Egton as well as a campsite at Danby, and you are sure to enjoy amazing views of the nearby countryside.
About North Yorkshire North East county:
North Yorkshire North East is one of the largest counties (geographically speaking) in the region. It stretches from Hawes in the Dales down to Filey on the North Yorkshire Coast and from Great Ayton in the North down to Easingwold. We have eight Divisions: Hambleton, Leven, Northallerton & Wensleydale, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough East, Scarborough West and Whitby. We have about 2,300 girls in 157 units with about 670 volunteers.
We encompass the towns of Richmond, Catterick, Bedale, Northallerton, Thirsk, Scarborough, Filey, Whitby, Pickering, Helmsley, Malton, Great Ayton, Stokesley, Easingwold and surrounding villages. We have both the North Yorkshire Moors and the North Yorkshire Dales National Parks in our county along with several popular seaside locations and also the largest army barracks in Europe at Catterick Garrison. We also have the home of James Herriot and the seaside town of Whitby, world famous for its fish and chips.
Holme House accommodation and camp site, Esk Valley
County Commissioners: Jean Tennant and Angie Lockwood
About North Yorkshire West county:
Our county stretches from the western edges of the City of York to the Lancashire border taking in the towns of Knaresborough, Boroughbridge,Harrogate, Skipton, Settle and the City or Ripon. Our most westerly unit is in Austwick near Settle and our most eastern unit is in Green Hammerton.
North Yorkshire West is home to Birk Crag Centre a residential, training and activities centre currently undergoing an exciting reconstruction. There is also Hazel House which is the headquarters of Girlguiding Ripon division that offers meeting space, kitchen facilities and a super venue for unit sleepovers / residentials with lots to offer nearby.
County Commissioners: Alison Cunningham and Leslie Strathie
About North Yorkshire South county:
We cover the guiding needs of the southern part of North Yorkshire including the City of York and the towns and surrounding Districts of Selby and Tadcaster. We may be small but we have over 3000 members including over 700 volunteers.
White Rose House
County Commissioner: Mandie Cross
About North Yorkshire South County:
We cover a large geographic area from Stamford Bridge and Snaith in the West across to Bridlington and Withernsea in the East, including Kingston upon Hull. The County owns two properties, Paxwold, our purpose built training and indoor residential centre and Guideacres, our county campsite, are both set in the glorious Yorkshire Wolds. York, Beverley, Hull and the East Yorkshire coast are all easily accessible from both centres.
We are proud to be able to say that Hull was the City of Culture in 2017 and is also a university city with lots of opportunities for students to volunteer with East Yorkshire Girlguiding.
County Commissioners: Rachel Robinson, Linda Ward, Paula Pickford and Lizzie Taylor
About Lincolnshire North county:
The County of Lincolnshire North is the southerly most point of North East England region, bordering Lincolnshire South in Anglia, Yorkshire South and Yorkshire East over the Humber Bridge.
Located south of the Humber Bridge covering all areas in and around Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Louth, Market Rasen, Gainsbrough, Kirton Lindsey, Isle of Axholme Scunthorpe and Brigg making up our 11 Divisions.
Our county has rolling hillsides, country walks and with the Lincolnshire Wolds makes for a very picturesque area for us in Girlguiding to enjoy, giving us plenty of opportunities to get out in the countryside, seaside and parks for lots of fun and fresh air.
The area has market towns and small villages with arable, dairy and commercial farming on the outskirts. We have fishing industry and ports in Immingham and steel industry in Scunthorpe.
As an active county we have over 2400 members, which is increasing all the time. From the youngest Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Ranges, Young Leader and Adult Leaders we give a warm welcome to everyone wanting to join us.
There is a wide range of opportunities for girls and women of all age groups and we are particularly proud of our County House at Holton Le Moor and The Oaks Campsite at Caistor where we have equipped accommodation and camp site for adventures.
County Commissioner: Kathryn Wilkins
Website: Under maintenance
About West Yorkshire West county:
One of the smallest counties in the Region, covering the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire. We have around 1600 members and 6 very active Trefoil Guilds. We celebrated our 40th Anniversary as a County in 2019 with a variety of events across the county including Thinking Day Service, Party in The Park, a Volunteers meal and tree planting. We are quite rural with the largest town being Halifax. We have some lovely villages including Hebden Bridge, West Vale & Elland.
As a County we own The Spirit of Guiding Narrowboat which can be taken up and down the canal from Sowerby Bridge to Todmorden, or a little further afield if booked for a week. It is a tranquil and relaxing way to discover our County. Bookings available via email: email@example.com
County Commissioners: Lynne Gascoigne and Kath Haigh
About West Yorkshire South county:
West Yorkshire South has around 5,500 members and covers the same area as Kirklees and Wakefield Council areas combined – from Holmfirth in the west to Knottingley in the east, we take in Huddersfield, Batley, Mirfield, Dewsbury, Ossett, Wakefield, Ackworth, Pontefract and Castleford along the way. We aim to offer interesting and exciting opportunities for girl and volunteers to fulfil their potential and make a positive difference to the world we live in.
County Commissioner: Louise Flynn
About Leeds county:
Leeds County is the largest county in the North East Region with nearly 5500 young members and 1700 volunteers. Leeds is a diverse and vibrant city which offers a wealth of cultural diversity. With 346 units we are able to offer plenty of opportunities to students attending our four universities and renowned college of music to continue their guiding experience. We are on the doorstep to the Yorkshire Dales and our campsite is the ideal place to use as a base to explore further.
Accommodation: Robin Hole is our County Campsite at Burley Woodhead, near Ilkley. Offering both camping areas and fully equipped residential accommodation, Robin Hole is the perfect location for exploring Ilkley Moor and Yorkshire’s stunning countryside.
For further information, please refer to the Robin Hole Leaflet and Robin Hole Site and Information Booklet 2019 available on our web site.
County Commissioner: Janet Cain
About South Yorkshire county:
South Yorkshire is one of the southernmost counties in the region. It is made up of the metropolitan boroughs of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. Just over 200 units meet in a diverse range of areas including town centres, ex coalfield communities and rural villages. Over 700 volunteers endeavour to give over 2800 girls as many opportunities as possible including camps and holidays, international trips and the chance to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Accommodation: Hesley Guide House
County Commissioner: Wendy Howard
About Sheffield county:
Our county covers the city of Sheffield. With units of all sections meeting across the city, we are proud to support almost 3000 young members and 800 adults throughout their guiding journey. We have a diverse cultural mix across the county which is supported by our organisations inclusive policies and we will continue to work to reach girls in communities where Girlguiding has not, historically, been present.
We are lucky to own Whiteley Woods Outdoor Activity Centre with indoor residential and excellent camping facilities which can be booked by Guiding groups from across the UK and beyond.