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  1. badgemad4

    Weekly Discussion: There must be some kind of way out of this…

    Anything can be the trigger of it. Maybe a change to your personal life such as an unwell relative or a new job. Maybe a change in what your roles responsibility is, or the team you are a part of. Maybe the pressure or attitude around you. It might have been building for a long time or it might...
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    Weekly Discussion: Sorry babe can't do tonight now xx

    We all have lives outside of Guiding, and ultimately our well being and lives outside of Guiding will trump our volunteering. Life happens, we can't predict sick relatives, transport breaking down, or last min problems at school or work. But some people are "flakier" than others. You might have...
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    Weekly Discussion: Lessons from neighbours

    As well as being a member of GG many of us have either been a part of other voluntary/youth organisations, maybe as a member and maybe as a volunteer or paid staff. What lessons can as we as grassroots volunteers learn from them? Good or bad, but please try to avoid systematic comparisons as a...
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    Weekly Discussion: Buy cheap buy twice?

    However much units might have prepared for the new programme costs its still going to be a pricier year than others. As a result many units may be reviewing their spending and look to cut down costs. What’s worth buying branded and what’s not? What seems like a saving but costs more in the...
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    Weekly discussion: Qualifying to lead

    As I understand it the ALQ is currently being reviewed. Change is often a good thing, especially when it comes to how we prepare volunteers to lead units. Having a set list of things a potential leader should experience or have knowledge of should set her up for independent success, giving her...
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    Weekly Discussion: A marker of taste?

    We have already discussed challenge badges, and what their role is alongside the official Guiding programme. But not all badges produced are the result of a challenge. Some badges are generic and could be bought by anyone, or are to mark something rather than a specific challenge. For example a...
  7. badgemad4

    Weekly Discussion: Call me.....

    As everyone is now most likely back at meetings by the end of this week and busy a lighter thread. What are you called at meetings? Are your volunteers named by theme or is it random- do you even have nicknames? Do only adult leaders get nicknames or do YLs and UHs get them too? Is getting a...
  8. badgemad4

    Weekly Discussion: Does Go deserve a bad reputation?

    I have a small confession. I don't think Go deserves the bad reputation it is often given. And I use it as both a unit leader and as a member of a division team. This means I spend around one hour a week on Go and some weeks much much more. Now by no means do I think its perfect. Some of the...
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    Weekly Discussion: Thank you for the extra pair of hands....

    Some units rely on a parent rota to run and other might have parents or other family members* that can come along and help with specialist skills. Last year we had the latter, a parent came to be part of a round robin and teach some phrases in a language. One of the UHs was very concerned about...
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    Weekly Discussion: Home comforts

    As one holiday period comes to a close, a question crossed my mind. If you could only take one "luxury" on a camp what would it be? And what little home comforts do you always take on a residential?
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    Weekly Discussion: Affordable for all?

    One of the misconstructions that Guiding has fought for a long time is that it is a middle class activity for middle class girls and women run by solely middle class women. In reality units have always been in a mixture of areas, and nowadays grass root volunteers come from all walks of life...
  12. badgemad4

    Weekly Discussion: If you can't shift it.....

    It might seem a little premature but this is posted now to allow time for ideas to build up and just in case anyone can help out someone else. Lots of units have decided to move over to the new programme at the start of the academic year or with a very clear phase, I don't think I have come...
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    Weekly Discussion: Is there a future for cloth badges

    I've decided this week might as well have a theme- badges! We all know that girls and adults alike can love badges. Many of us have tins, pouches and boxes stuffed with badges to go on blankets that no matter how much stiching we do seem to remain full. All of us will have had a badge hungry...
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    Weekly Discussion: One step more towards independence

    Or helping girls make the move from one section to the next. Moving section for some girls is easy all the way through. Maybe they've been desperate to join in with the "big girls" after a visit to the unit, are the last in their friendship group to make the move or they are just emotionally...
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    Weekly Discussion: Who will manage the future?

    A few years ago it was noticed that there was going to be an impending age and knowledge gap in a branch of the armed forces officer reserves. There several reasons why it had happened but to help resolve it fast track officer programmes were put in place to get younger fully trained reserve...
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    Weekly Discussion: I'm a volunteer with.....

    Who do you consider yourself a volunteer for/with? I'm not sure about what others may think or feel, but I've started to feel that the current vibe is that you are a volunteer with Girlguiding first and in a specific role, be that leader, advisor, what ever, second. How do others feel about this?
  17. badgemad4

    Weekly Discussion: A bit more than first time nerves

    Going away can be a real challenge for some girls. Some have a diagnosed issue, others are simply more nervous than other girls, and some have "first time from home" nerves. For volunteers it too can be a new world, we can't assume that someone has encountered something before or been trained...
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    Weekly Discussion: Less is more?

    When I was a Brownie I recall doing a bit of prep the week or so before a pack holiday, we might have made decorations or come up with meal ideas but when we got there that was it. One of the leaders might have set up what we made or have got some extras for a bit of fun (think themed plates or...
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    Weekly Discussion: Silence is Golden

    As much as we may love the sound peels of laughter from girls or to see them speaking up passionately there is a time and a place. What are your tips for getting those precious moments of silence to get a message to them, or the solemness required for the situation? Ideally games or method based.
  20. badgemad4

    A Year of Weekly Discussions

    When looking over the list of potential topics I noticed that weekly discussions are now a year old! A little attempt at trying to foster more detailed online discussion within the Guiding community. There’s been an increase in Guiding members using the internet (particularly social media) which...