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Join us for a fabulous day raising money for BBC’s Children in Need!

Girlguiding Anglia and Southend United bring you a fabulous opportunity to raise some pennies for Children in Need.

Girls will get to support a great cause, have some fun and meet members of Southend’s football teams.

Plus Pudsey and Sammy the Shrimp will be there to cheer them on!

When and where?

Come and join us on Saturday 11 November between 11am and 1pm at Garon Park Leisure Centre, Southend.

Southend United’s Community and Educational Trust and Girlguiding Anglia will bring 250 girls the opportunity to take part in a sponsored penalty shoot out competition.


What’s on offer?

Each girl will get to take 5 penalty kicks, as well as cheer on their friends.

We will also be joined by  Pudsey and Sammy the Shrimp for lots of photo opportunities.

And our amazing team from Hautbois Activity Centre team will be doing some soft archery and midi fencing.

Every girl attending will receive a certificate and an exclusive event badge, plus a pair of tickets to Southend’s home game on Saturday 16 December!


Bookings are now open! You can book your place here.

Girls can be accompanied by either their unit leaders or parents.

The event costs £1 per girl and 50p per adult.

All proceeds from the event and sponsorship money will be split equally between Children in Need, Southend United Community and Educational Trust and Girlguiding Anglia.

Further information

Sponsorship forms and an FAQ pack full of information for the day will be shared with booking information.

Sponsorship money can be gathered before or after the event. We will open a specific JustGiving page for all monies to be paid in to.

There’s more!

On the 11 November, 12 girls will be chosen to go through to take part in a final penalty shoot out opportunity at half time on match day, 16 December, at Southend United’s home ground.

The girls chosen will be assessed on 3 criteria; goals scored, display of Girlguiding values and sponsor money raised. If a child is chosen who cannot attend match day, then their place will be offered to the next girl on the list.


Come and join us

We currently have a number of exciting opportunities for our members to get involved in region project teams. It would be amazing to hear voices from across our region and give members the opportunity to shape future events and challenges, or get involved in developing an idea or strategy.

You told us, we listened.

You might be aware that we’ve advertised for some of the roles below previously, well we didn’t get much response, so we asked for some feedback. You told us that our application packs were too in depth for a project team and that the reference process was quite off putting.

So here’s what we’ll be doing moving forward:

For non region committee roles:

  • We’ll share all region opportunities in one place so you can see what takes your fancy.
  • If you’re interested, email us at and tell us which role interests you and why.
  • We’ll email you back with key information on the project and the responsibilities of the role.
  • We’ll also ask you permission to approach your local commissioner for a reference.
  • If all parties are happy to move forward we’ll invite you to a kick off meeting for the project

For region committee roles:

  • All opportunities will be shared in the same place.
  • These roles hold more accountability and responsibility, but give a great opportunity for you to really make a difference in how the region is run.
  • If you’re interested in taking on a committee role, email us at and tell us which role interests you and why.
  • For these roles there will be an application pack, but we are, following feedback, reviewing the content and looking at ways to make the process easier.
  • We will ask for permission to contact your local commissioner or a suitable alternative.
  • Once we have received your completed pack and reference, Tracy Foster, Chief Commissioner, will contact you to discuss your application further.

Data Protection Review and Refresh

As we start to return to some level of normality after the pandemic, we thought it was a good time to refresh everyone on some of the key requirements of GDPR so we can ensure we remain compliant against the guidelines.

Data protection is as vital now as it has ever been.

‘The EU GDPR has been written into UK legislation by the Withdrawal Act as the UK GDPR. The EU Exit Regulations applied technical amendments to make the GDPR work in a UK context, but the principles and rules are essentially unchanged. The UK government is committed to maintaining the same high standards of data protection.’- ICO website Jan 2021

The impact of Covid has meant that perhaps GDPR has fallen down our list of priorities, but we must remain compliant and ensure we can always evidence that we have the 7 data principles at the centre of all we do.

The 7 data principles of GDPR – are you following best practise? Can you evidence this? Follow the link to refresh yourself with these key principles of data protection.



Can you remember when you last did your GDPR e-learning? Girlguiding recommend all members and paid staff do this every 2-3 years.

Please encourage all your networks to do the e-learning if they haven’t completed it recently.


A great document from Girlguiding to refresh yourselves with is ‘Resources to support you with GDPR’.

The last bullet point has in depth information on how to report a data breach or a subject access request, which is vital for volunteers to know.

The managing information policy and unit retention schedule documents are also worth a read.

Plus if you need to remind yourself about permissions for photos and sharing them, then please take a look at the sharing photos and videos advice.

If you’re concerned about data protection or need further advice you can contact Girlguiding or




International Opportunities

As part of our 50th Birthday Challenge launch we explored our International Explorer theme. This blog tells you more about the opportunities available for yourself and units to get involved in international activities and trips, once circumstances change to allow travel again. For activities related to this theme visit our blog on the International Theme.

Below we look at what is on offer to different age groups, starting with our youngest members.

Rainbows can get a feel for an international camp in the UK, by visiting an international jamboree just for the day. Here is the link to one such event.

By the time girls move up to Brownies they are able to go on international trips, we know that Disney World Paris is a popular destination. Please do share any photos or stories with us at of any Brownie trips you’ve been on.

Over the years we’ve seen some amazing international trip badges created for those taking part, have you got any trip badges you could share? Thank you to Girlguiding Buckinghamshire for sharing this one.

You could start a unit blanket and see if you can get a badge from every country or region in WAGGGS.

Girls aged between 11-13 can take part in a region International Community Experience (ICE). ICE is an amazing three-stage project, that brings Guides together from all over Anglia to have fun while doing something for others. It offers the opportunity for personal development through community action work, teamed with an introduction to international experiences.

If you’re aged 10-18 then the world is your oyster!! Take a look at the Anglia Abroad booklet and see the adventures some of our region members had.

Districts and divisions may organise trips too, counties often have an annual international opportunity day/weekend (INTOPPS), where Guides can find out more about what is available to them. This year there may be virtual events, check out the international section on your county website for more information.

Our Girlguiding Anglia Inspire (18-30) community can have all sorts of adventures:

  • They can apply to take part in a GOLD project, like the one in this video
  • The next Gold selection weekend is hoped to be this year, check out the webpage for more information
  • There are lots of other opportunities on the WAGGGS website:
    • Juliette Low Seminar
    •  Helen Storrow Seminar
    •  WAGGGS Volunteer Pool
  • Plus there’s The Academy!

Our region adult leaders and Trefoil Guild members can join local or region trips as part of the leadership team, giving an opportunity to explore the world whilst supporting girls. Our International Adviser, Sue Trischitta, has Peru and Disneyland Paris on her bucket list. Where would you love to go?

There may, in the future, be county/region adult only trips. The world centres are popular destinations and allow our leaders and Trefoil Guild an opportunity to meet other members from WAGGGS.

International Jamborees provide opportunities for our adult members to take a role within an international service team (IST). If you’ve been on an IST we’d love to hear your story, please email us

TOPAZ is for Trefoil members only, “a chance to get involved in challenging international projects”, take a look at their website for more information. It would be lovely to hear from Trefoil members about their experiences, or perhaps you could contact your local Trefoil Guild and ask them to share their experiences with your units as part of the International Explorer theme in the ‘Buzz about Anglia’ birthday challenge?

Other opportunities include:

  •  WAGGGS Leadership Programme
  •  WAGGGS volunteer pool

Volunteer at one of the world centres, check the website for more details.

We hope our focus on international throughout 2021 will excite and encourage members to learn more about the opportunities available and get involved if they can. For further information contact your county international adviser or email the Anglia region office for advice

Happy adventures!