Girlguiding Greater Manchester West
Girlguiding Greater Manchester West
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Advisers and Coordinators

We’ve got a range of advisers who are on hand to provide members with advice and information. They are specialists in a range of topics like becoming a trainer, leadership qualification, residential activities, GO and Safe Space. 

 

Guide advisers

Mary Marshall and Mavis Waters

Mary Marshall and Mavis Waters

gmwguideadviser@gmail.com

Mavis and Mary have enjoyed taking guides on adventures in and out of the unit meeting place for over 50 years between them. They are looking forward to encouraging other guide leaders to develop their units.

As part of the role, they are hoping to encourage leadership teams to work together and support each other across the county. If you would like any help or ideas please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

PR Lead Shared Role

Aisha Barker

Aisha Barker

gmw.publicrelations@gmail.com

I grew up in Durham and I have been a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Ranger and became a leader while I was at the University of Salford. I have a degree in television and radio production. I went to America for a year as an au pair, while I was over there I set up my own girl scout troop and taught them some of the things we do in Girlguiding in the UK. 

The Public Relations Team is here to help generate a positive image of guiding throughout the County.

Branding and identity – Ensuring that all external and internal communication is branded correctly to conform with Girlguiding guidelines. We are also on hand as a source of advice and support to divisions on branding and design usage/projects.

Press and PR – Support and encourage divisions to help them to promote guiding in their area, gain media coverage and build relationships with the media. Also responsible for developing Greater Manchester West promotional materials and the internal/external communications plan.

If you would like help with Girlguiding branding or designing of posters, badges etc, please contact the team via email

PR Lead Shared Role

K'Dee Melfi

K'Dee Melfi

gmw.publicrelations@gmail.com

I was a brownie, as an adult, I wanted to get involved with Girlguiding and to help girls have the opportunities that I had been lucky enough to have. I've been a Guide leader for nearly 3 years and have just started volunteering in a Rangers. I'm interested in all social media but Tiktok is a particular area of interest.

The Public Relations Team is here to help generate a positive image of guiding throughout Our County.

Branding and identity – Ensuring that all external and internal communication is branded correctly to conform with Girlguiding guidelines. We are also on hand as a source of advice and support to divisions on branding and design usage/projects.

Press and PR – Support and encourage divisions to help them to promote guiding in their area, gain media coverage and build relationships with the media. Also responsible for developing Greater Manchester West promotional materials and the internal/external communications plan.

If you would like help with Girlguiding branding or designing of posters, badges etc, please contact the team via email

Go Coordinator (Shared Role)

Jenny Barton

Jenny Barton

Jenny handles the following aspects of GO for the County:

- Long service award reports,
- Queries over length of service
- Updating qualification and training records (e.g. Going Away With and A Safe Space.)

Go Coordinator (Shared Role)

Becky Patten

Becky Patten

gmwgocoordinator@hotmail.com

The County GO coordinator maintains and manages the County's online database of Girlguiding members.

I support the County's new volunteer enquiries through the recruitment process, ensuring DBS and reference checks are completed, whilst also managing and maintaining County waiting lists for girls enquiries, and existing volunteer roles are correct.

I support units through the Annual Subscription and Insurance process, ensuring payment is made by the national deadline.

I support unit leaders with general "how do I?" queries whilst providing reports and statistical analysis for Commissioners

Archivist

Liz Jefferies

Liz Jefferies

Our County archivist collects and catalogues documents, uniforms and other memorabilia from the all eight districts across the County. Wh have an impressive collection of items going back over the past 85 years.

If you want to borrow any equipment and specialist boxes for any sections please contact Liz.

Over the next few years, Liz will be digitalizing the archives where possible, to make sure they survive for future generations.

Guiding Development (Training)

Angela Hardman

Angela Hardman

gmwtraining@gmail.com

The training coordinator identifies the training requirements for all volunteers across the County and makes the necessary arrangements to find a suitable date, location and trainer so that these can take place. Angela and her team provide essential support to help members get the most out of the Girlguiding programme and promote our activities. Trainings can take place face to face, via e-learning, Webinars or via blended learning. Check out the training and events under the members' tab.
 
If you need training with any aspect of your role or the programme, let your commissioner know.

Growth and Retention Coordinator

Vacant

Vacant

gmwgrowth@gmail.com

Membership growth coordinator helps in several ways including:

•Be aware of the membership numbers in your area. Look at where your local units are and how many volunteers they have. Be prepared to implement change if this will better serve your district/division.

•Lead on strategies for recruiting more girls and volunteers in your area. Delegate actions to implement these to your team.

•With support from your local team, welcome and induct new volunteers to the area.

Inclusion Adviser

Margaret Benger

Margaret Benger

Girlguiding is committed to being an inclusive organization that is accessible to all girls and young women

It's our responsibility to make sure all members - no matter what their identity or background - feel supported and involved in guiding

Use this guidance to include disabled members, those from different socio-economic backgrounds, those with different belief systems, and LGBT members in meetings, activities and events.

Margaret will work with units, leaders and families to support them in their Girlguiding journey.

International Adviser

Alex Hardiman

Alex Hardiman

gmwinternationaladviser@gmail.com

My role is to encourage and empower leaders and young members to experience an international adventure. To achieve this, I will: Encourage leaders to complete module 9 and take young members on an international experience. Assist and advise leaders in choosing camps/holidays. Organise international opportunity/selection weekends where members will be chosen for North West Region selection and County international trips. Promote the benefits of overseas travel as well as events happening around the world in guiding which might offer opportunities to our County members.

Leadership Qualification & Mentor Coordinator

Judith Glenn

Judith Glenn

gmwlqadviser@gmail.com

As leadership qualification adviser Judith allocates Mentors to new leaders who are beginning their Leadership Qualification. 

This involves finding a Mentor who:

  • Works in the same section as the new leader,
  • Lives within reasonable traveling distance to make their meetings convenient
  • Preferably doesn't meet on the same night as their own unit.

Judith also helps organise training sessions so that our new leaders in training get the very best start in their role and feel supported whilst working towards their qualification

New Mentors for the Leadership Qualification are always welcome! To find out more, please contact Judith via email

Rainbow Adviser

Heather Latham

Heather Latham

gmwrainbowsadviser@gmail.com

I've been a Rainbow leader for over twenty years and have plenty of experience which I'm happy to share. The role of the Rainbow adviser is to organise and develop Rainbow activities and identify training needs for Rainbow leaders.

If anyone needs any help or advice I would encourage them to email me. I'm always happy to help.

Brownie Adviser

Sarah Malcolm

Sarah Malcolm

gmwbrownies@gmail.com

I started as an adult leader in Girlguiding with the Brownie unit I was in when I was a young girl. I was supported by my original leaders whilst I did my Leadership Qualification, they helped me learn what was needed to become a good brownie leader. As Brownie Adviser I want to share my knowledge with other people who may not have had as much support as I have had and help the leaders across the County give the girls the best experience possible.
 
If you need any help or support get in touch and send me an email.

Ranger Adviser

Tamsin Woodeson

Tamsin Woodeson

gmwrangersadviser@gmail.com

Our Rangers are an extraordinary group of young women and I love working with them as they transition into adulthood. There is so much that Guiding has to offer this age group and they give plenty back in return. I believe strongly we should encourage our Rangers to be ambitious, trying out new activities and stretching themselves to achieve beyond their own expectations. We play a key role in preparing them to make the most of all that their futures offer.
 
We have a fantastic and committed group of Ranger leaders in the County and between us there’s not much we can’t offer our girls. Here’s hoping both Rangers and Leaders get to enjoy some great fun and brilliant opportunities over the coming years

Young Leader Adviser

Kate Johnson

Kate Johnson

gmwYLadviser@gmail.com

The Young Leader qualification (YLQ) is designed to help young ladies take an active, positive part in running a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide unit. It is open to anyone in guiding aged 14 to 18. As the Young Leader adviser, I'm here to help the girls with their role as a Young Leader and support them in achieving the qualification. The qualification looks great on your CV. I'm also here to support leaders who have young leaders within their unit. 
 
If you need support please contact me via email.

Going Away with Mentor Coordinator

Linda Helsby

Linda Helsby

By completing the Going Away With scheme, you will learn all about the practical elements of planning a residential - from health and safety to maintaining camping equipment. 

This scheme is designed to be as flexible as possible, depending on what kind of trip you're planning with your girls. For example, if you want to take your girls to an accredited activity centre where programme, catering and facilities are already provided, you'll only need the basic Going Away With licence.

The Going Away With licence

The first four modules equip leaders with the Going Away With licence. This qualifies you to take girls away overnight or for two nights or more if programme, catering and facilities are already provided. Modules 1 to 4 cover:

  • planning a successful residential event
  • administration of a residential event
  • managing safety and security away from home
  • making health and first aid arrangements.

Linda will match you with a mentor.

Awards Coordinator

Liz Absolom

Liz Absolom

GMWAwardsCommittee@gmail.com

In Girlguiding Greater Manchester West we want to thank all our volunteers for their contribution to guiding. The satisfaction of seeing a girl achieve is phenomenal and the difference you make to the lives of many is immense. There are several formal awards that we can present. 

Long service awards are presented at 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 years service. You can check your record on Go.

There are also County Brooch, Thanks Badge, Good Service, Regional Cheif Commissioner award, Laurel award and Silver Fish

The Guiding Star award is an award for members under 26 who have displayed exceptional courage or shown great initiative or responsibility during an incident

Queen's Guide Coordinator

Caroline Wray

Caroline Wray

GMWQueensGuide@gmail.com

The Queen's Guide Coordinator advises the young women in our County who are working towards their Queen's Guide Award. The Award is open to 16-25 year olds and is the highest award in guiding. Her role also involves raising awareness of the Award and meeting with candidates and mentors to offer advice and support on completing their Awards.

Website Adviser

Gaynor Portlock

Gaynor Portlock

gmw.publicrelations@gmail.com

As Girlguiding Greater Manchester West's website adviser, I look after any technical issues with regard to the website, add content and provide training to enable volunteers from across the County to upload news from their divisions.

I have volunteered for Girlguiding Greater Manchester West and am an active member of the Trefoil Guild. My other passion is sailing. If you're interested in joining the website team, please email me through the PR team.

Residential and Outdoor Adviser

Caroline Wray

Caroline Wray

As the Residential and Outdoor Adviser Caroline is responsible for coordinating all activity relating to residentials and encourages leaders to take their girls away as part of their unit's programme and provides support to leaders undertaking residentials. Caroline also supports anyone who wants to do a qualification in an outdoor activity, she is also responsible for coordinating and advising all activity relating to outdoor activities within the county. 
 
If you need to contact her please can you send her an email?

Trefoil Guild Chair

Eileen Craven

Eileen Craven

trefoilgmw@gmail.com

Eileen leads the Trefoil Guild in the County by chairing the County Executive meeting, appoints members of the County team and coordinating County events.
 
She takes an interest in Guild activities around the County by supporting and encouraging Guild Chairs, responding to invitations from Guilds, getting to know Guild members, encouraging Guilds to share some activities with other Guilds.
 
The role includes fostering links with Girlguiding UK, having a good working relationship with the County Commissioner, facilitating help from Trefoil Guild members for units, Districts, Divisions and the County. Eileen attends the County Executive meeting and provides a report to the County Commissioner as required
 
Being a member of the Region Team, Eileen attends Region Executive meetings, supporting the Region Chair and contributes to decision making at Region meetings, she takes the County Guild's ideas to Region level, passing information and decisions back to Guilds and provides explanations when required. 

Express! Representative

Kimberley

Kimberley

gmwcountycomm@gmail.com

Being a representative for Express! can take many different forms. It is an opportunity to bring the voices of the girls from your division or county to the table and have them heard on a wider scale.

This role is for you if you are passionate and enthusiastic about Girlguiding and want to help it grow and adapt.  Express! allows you to connect with new people, challenge yourself and acquire new skills, which will stay with you throughout life. We discuss various issues on a county level and work to address these whilst also having a lot of fun and creating new friendships along the way. If you are interested in joining me, send an email to Chris and Amy. 

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