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2021 Annual Review

Who would have expected a year like the last one?  May I take the opportunity to say a great big ‘Thank You’ to those of you who have been able to continue to offer girlguiding to the girls in unprecedented circumstances.

 The first time we could meet as a County face to face was wonderful evening in July when we met at Hesley. We were able to say thank you and celebrate long service, qualifications and achievements of our adult members in person. It was such a pleasure to be part of that evening and actually meet with volunteers that hadn’t been together for such a long time.

We are all looking forward to meetings getting back to normal and to be able to interact with the girls and do activities that are just not possible on zoom. We  need to support one another to make sure that guiding continues to grow and flourish in South Yorkshire as it always has and always will.

Judith Staniforth

The last year has been a year of meetings on Zoom and outdoors as well as “thinking outside the box” to ensure Guiding has continued, perhaps not in a way that we would have previously considered?

As a County we have continued to share news and promote Girlguiding through our new website and an increased social media presence, including starting an Instagram page.  Over the summer we ran two competitions to tell others about Guiding, you can see the winning photos on the back of this review. 

We successfully ran events on Zoom for both adults and girls.  These included our AGM, a joint virtual County training day with 3 other Counties, First Response training, a Thinking Day event for both adults and girls and Science from your Sofa and Earth Day events for girls from all sections. 

Thank you for your continued dedication, support and willingness to adapt to ensure that opportunities have continued to be available for Girlguiding members across South Yorkshire.  I hope you will be able to display the poster inside this review somewhere prominently so that even more girls can come and join the fun!

Janet Cain

Thank you to our County Executive for all their hard work over the last year.

Over 70 volunteers and girls made origami trefoils and renewed their promise at our Virtual County World Thinking Day Event.

Fun investigating diffusion through Skittles rainbows, chemical reactions by making magic potions and density through lava lamps!

Upcycling tins to make pencil pots, using recycled materials to make bug houses, making a pledge to take a small step to make a big change for the environment and making citrus bird feeders.