View this email in your browser              GGEW E-BULLETIN SEPTEMBER 2016
Information about Members Day has been sent out with the last edition of the GGEW Newsletter. 
We will be having an inter-Division competition in the afternoon that should be a lot of fun (Trophy for the winning Division) so please get your application in ASAP, 
Information Here
Dear all,
You will hopefully have heard about the exciting Improving Access to Guiding Project (IA2G) which Essex West is running in partnership with Girlguiding HQ. Through this 18-month pilot project we are trialling different ways to improve the joining process for new volunteers, and developing a model which can be rolled out on a national level.
We have put together a welcome email and questionnaire to send when someone signs up on Join Us, with the goal of finding out at the very start whether there’s a particular unit that they have already agreed to help at, and whether they have particular skills and motivations that will help match them to the perfect role. We hope this will save time for Commissioners and Join Us coordinators. So…
***from September, the IA2G team would like to make the first contact with new enquirers on Join Us.***
We will send them the welcome email and questionnaire, then connect them with their District Commissioner (or the person responsible for meeting new volunteers in their district) who can continue the process as normal - but with extra info from the questionnaire! If you are willing to let us to answer new enquiries in your district, please click here to let us know! If you do not indicate your willingness, we will not contact any new volunteers in your district.
In other news, we are working on an exciting new Induction Pack which will include everything from county info and volunteer roles to a checklist with everything volunteers need to help them settle in. As soon as it’s ready, we will send the pack to you to try out with your new volunteers! And we are developing new welcome and induction events; if you’re interested in trying one of these in your district or division, please get in touch! We can support you with materials and ideas if you want to run a recruitment drive in the run up to the event.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Penny on Don’t forget to let us know if we can trial the welcome email and questionnaire in your district by opting in here!
Thanks for being part of this important project!
Chris Skinner, County Commissioner
and Penny, Sarah and Louise, the IA2G team
Calling all Leaders in Training
Hopefully after a restful summer you’re raring to go for the new term. Planning meetings are probably in full swing by now and come the 12th September you’re likely to have had your first meeting of the new term too. So why not get some of your LQ signed off by one of our lovely Mentors? And if that wasn’t tempting enough… there will be cake too!
In Brentwood West we’re holding an informal information evening for potential new volunteers to come and find out more about who we are and what we do, as well as the opportunity Leaders In Training to catch up too. It’s a drop in event, so please feel free to join us on the 12th September anytime between 6 and 9pm at the Christ Church Centre, Warley, Brentwood, CM13 3AA. Did we mention there will be cake?!? So come and get your LQ signed off or just pop by for a chat with a Mentor or Commissioner (and a slice of cake) and help us give a warm welcome to some new faces. Visit the Girlguiding Essex West Facebook Page for more information or contact Sylvia in the County Office.
Hope to see you there.
What's On....
Have you booked onto Essex 24 yet? Places are subsidised for Essex West Members and need to be booked by the 30th September, take a look HERE
End of appointments - Jenny Aspinal Div Comm Upminster
Gillian Chapman D.C. Cranham District
Sue Emanuel D.C. Upminster North District

New appointments - Sue Emanuel Div Comm Upminster
Helen Hawkes D.C. Cranham District
Jenny Aspinal Cranham District Administrator
Pat Gilbert D.C. Upminster North District
Congratulations to the following on completing modules in the Leadership Qualification.
Rebecca Ingram        Thurrock West    Rainbows        Modules    123
Anne Cox                    Thurrock West    Brownies        Modules    1234
Tracey Luckin             Thurrock West    Rainbows        Module    1
Elise Kitchenham        Thurrock West    Rainbows        Modules    1234
Chloe White                Brentwood         Guides             Modules     1234
Sue Horscroft               Brentwood        Guides               Module        1
Collette Willliams        North West        Rainbows        Modules 1234
Lesley Dingwell            Hornchurch        Guides            Module 1
Jane Rothman                Upminster          Rainbows       Modules 123

County Dinner Dance for all Leaders & a partner (optional).  The event will be held on Saturday 14th January 2017 at Stock Brook Country Club, Nr Billericay. An evening of Good Food, Good Company and Fun.
For more information please click
The Pines website is no longer in use, if you require any information then please use the County Website
We have 3 new baby boys born to the County:

Nicola Mitchell (was County International Adviser) - William 4th Aug
Stacy Welsh (Thurrock East) - Jonty 26th Aug
Laura Scurlock (County QGA) - Christopher 29th Aug
A new award is available for young members under the age of 18 years who are a member of Girlguiding Anglia
For more information on this and other awards please visit
Awards Meeting
The next Awards committee meeting will be held on 15th November, please send any nominations to Sandra Munns
International Selection 16th October.

Who’s it for? - Girls who will be 14+ on the 1st July 2017

What’s its about? - This is a day to explore international opportunities open to you through Girl Guiding, you will meet girls who have previously been through the selection process and had wonderful experiences.

More information HERE

It would be much appreciated if District Commissioners and Level Contacts could pass on the information in this newsletter to anyone in their District that does not have access to e-mail. Section Leaders are asked to cascade to Young Leaders and D of E / V-Volunteers. There are still some people not receiving their copy of the newsletter as their email address on Go! is incorrect. Please check and make sure that your details are up to date. If you do not wish to receive future copies of the E-Bulletin, please use the facility at the end of this issue to unsubscribe.
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