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Save the date!

Our next county weekend will be from 6 to 8 September 2019 at Waddow Hall. Be sure to join us for a weekend of training opportunities, laughs and friendship!

The following grants are available to members in Cumbria South to help our members take part in Girlguiding activities.

For further information on the following grants and bursaries, please contact

International Bursaries


15% – max £300

Region trips

Adults at discretion of Exec.

Girls 10% – Max £200

County Trips

Adults 20% Max £400

Girls 10 % Max £200

Mileage Allowance

Mileage Allowance 40p per mile. To make a claim, please complete and return the Expenses Claim Form (DOC/1 page/139KB)

Uniform Grants

Initial grant for one claim to a maximum of £35 with an extra £15 after 5 years. The Uniform Grant is for Leaders and Leaders in training. Commissioners would be entitled to claim another grant on their appointment. Grants must be spent on Uniform not Members wear etc. Grants are not available for Unit helpers or Senior Section, these could be purchased by the unit.

Baden Powell Adventure

County will award a grant of 50% of the cost of the challenge weekend up to a maximum of £50. Girls need to write an application letter to the treasurer outlining what they gained from doing their award and what they enjoyed about their challenge weekend.

Arts Award

Grants are available from county towards the cost of moderation for all levels of the Arts Award. Please contact our Arts and Media adviser for more information

Calling all members aged 16+

Do you know your fly sheet from your bed sheet?

Or get knotted up when it come to gadgets?

Does your campfire cooking food turn out as black as the pans?

Would you know the tricks to getting those pans sparkling clean in a jiffy?

Not feeling confident about taking your girls away under canvas?

Want to learn  skills, refresh old skills or just have some outdoor fun?

Then come along to our Camp Craft Skills Day at Great Tower on Saturday 23 June 10am to 4pm!

Book for our Camp Craft Skills Day


Have you ?Herd?? To celebrate the beautiful county we live in there are 60 Herdys waiting to join Girlguiding Cumbria South, with thanks to Lake District National Park Authority!

What you need to doHerdy toys

The challenge is to welcome a Herdy into your unit, give Her a name and make Her an outfit (this can be as simple as a necker or a hat or as complex as a full outfit, the choice is your unit?s.)

Then take your Herdy out and about in Cumbria and take some photos, share these photos as widely as you can on social media with the hashtags #GuidesCumbriaS and #WeAreTheLakes

She could visit anywhere from Barrow docks to a mountain summit!

There?s a prize for the best photo seen by July 20.

How to apply

Herdy on a wallTo apply for your unit?s Herdy please send your name and unit name to

Herdys can be collected at the Annual Gathering 26th April, or make alternative collections arrangements when you apply.

We only have 60 Herdys so its first come first served!

Supporting our local hospitals by creating Comfort Bags

What are Comfort bags?

They are handmade bags filled with donations of small toiletries and care items delivered to people who find themselves in hospital with no belongings. Started in Girlguiding Manchester West, this scheme has been hugely successful ? by end of 2016 they had donated over 1000 Comfort Bags to their local hospital.

We have been approached by the Bereavement team at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to see if Girlguiding Cumbria South could set up a similar comfort bag scheme in our county.

Why the bereavement team?

?How people die remains in the memory of those who live on?

(Dame Cicely Saunders (founder of the Modern Hospice Movement).

?The Bereavement Nurse?s role is to develop a whole system bereavement pathway for expected and sudden deaths within our hospitals, and to ensure all UHMB staff follow best practice with regards to pre- and post- bereavement care and all patients and families are treated with dignity and respect.

The experience of bereavement can be affected by the way their loved one is cared for, with a poor care experience of their loved one leading to psychological problems for the family coping with their grief. It is vital therefore that we help create good memories as the last days and hours of life are so precious and will be remembered vividly by those witnessing the dying process.

The Bereavement Nurses work in collaboration with other colleagues e.g. hospital staff, Coroner, Coroners Officers, police, funeral directors, registrar?s, hospice?s and other voluntary and charitable agencies. We also reach out to the local community to provide bereavement support for community deaths.? Lindsay Pinch, Bereavement Nurse Specialist.

How does it work?

It?s quite a simple process, units ask parents/local residents etc. for donations of toiletries/care items, make handmade bags for them to go in and take them into the office. Or you could fundraise to buy the travel-sized toiletries (or even talk to your local friendly supermarket/health & beauty retailer to see if they will donate anything)

Items to include in the Comfort Bags:

A comfort bag containing small, travel-sized toiletries will allow families to freshen up whilst being at the hospital for long periods of time:

  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Hand soap
  • Deodorant
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Comb
  • A small Girlguiding card inside the Comfort Bag, so that the recipient knows where it has come from. You can ask each girl to write the card with the following message ?Packed especially for you by a (name of unit) Rainbow/Brownie/Guide/Senior Section member?. Recipients have told us that they appreciate the hand-drawn ones.
  • A bag to put them in: size of a 12×8 sponge bag with a draw cord; plain material is preferred.

Useful additional items that can be included:

Small packets of hand or face wipes, cotton buds, nail files etc.

  • Sanitising hand gel
  • Mouthwash
  • Men?s shaving cream and razor (as given out on long haul flights)
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs

It is important to check the individual items and the contents of any bags donated, prior to distributing these to the hospital. Sometimes there will be items from hotels that have logos such as ?Wash away your cares? or ?Smile it?s a beautiful day?, which might not be appropriate.

Large items that you do not think are suitable to take in can be put out at local meetings for members to take for a donation. That money can then be used to purchase items you are short of.

Where you can drop off your comfort bags

Comfort bags can be dropped off at the General Office at either Furness General or Westmorland General Hospitals.

There is a possibility that one of Lindsay?s team could pick up the bags from you if you don?t live near to one of the hospitals. Please contact her to arrange.


Our contact is Lindsay Pinch, Bereavement Nurse Specialist, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01524 516071

She has a team of three people who cover the area, and has offered to come along to unit meetings to talk about their work, and how comfort bags could help families visiting their loved ones.

She is happy to set up donation boxes in the unit in both hospitals as well for families/the public to donate items for us to put into bags. We would just need to collect the donations every so often.

They would be grateful for any help we can give them, and value comfort bags as a practical way to support families during a difficult time.

As well as being a great community project, this could be ideal for Senior Section members doing their Queen?s Guide Award/Young Leader Qual. or Leaders in Training doing their Leadership Qual. to coordinate the bags in their district/division.

Some pictures of what?s in bags and the cards to go with them

Items in a comfort bag Cards received in comfort bag


The Kendal Community Walk is an annual walk organised by Kendal Rotary Club. The walk is between Kirkbie Kendal School and Sedgwick, with three routes of varying lengths to choose and gives participants the chance to raise money for their own funds or good causes.

Walk details

All routes start at Kirkbie Kendal School between 1.00pm and 2.00pm on 13 May 2018.

  • Route A: Kirkbie Kendal to Sedgwick and back via Hawes Bridge. Pretty flat with some stiles and possibly slightly muddy. (10.5km – 6.5miles)
  • Route B: Kirkbie Kendal to Hawes Bridge and back. Like route A but a shorter distance perhaps for pre-primary folk (6km – 3.75miles)
  • Route C: Kirkbie Kendal to Watercrook and back. This is a canal path route (no cross-country for those with mobility problems or in wheelchairs (2.5km – 1.6miles)

Join us for our Annual Gathering and Presentation Evening where we come together to celebrate our County’s achievements.

Join us for the meal starting from 6pm, and the awards and presentations from 7.30pm.

Event details

Date: Thursday 26 April 2018

Venue: The Abbey House Hotel, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, LA13 0PA.

Cost: £10 per person for the meal and presentation, no charge if attending the awards and presentations only.

Booking form

Cumbria South Annual Gathering and Presentation Evening Booking Form (DOC/232KB/2 pages)

RSVP to Barb Littlewood by 3 April 2018.


Peer education offers sessions for Brownies, Guides and Senior Section units in the county.

We have four programmes that we run.

Free Being Me

Partnered with Dove, FBM is a fun unit that explores body confidence and the effect of social media on girls today.

Think Resilient

The most recent unit, guiding partnered with YoungMinds to create a resource that deals with mental health and stress in a fun informative way.

Healthy Relationships

Developed with AVA and Women?s Aid, Healthy Relationships helps Brownies to recognize good friendships and aids the guides and senior section in healthy romantic relationships.

Youth Health

In partnership with the department of Health this unit is only available for Guides and Senior Section. In this unit we empower the girls to make their own decisions about alcohol, drugs and sex.

Book a Peer Education unit

To book a unit you can email our peer educators at