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Awards and recognition

Awards and recognition are an important part of guiding life and enable us to show thanks for the hard work of our volunteers and to recognise when members have gone above and beyond.

Tricia Hale

Chair of the Girlguiding Anglia awards committee

I have been involved with Girlguiding since I was a Brownie aged 7. I am now a Guide leader with the unit that I was a member of. I have been lucky enough to hold district, division and county commissioner roles as well as that of county international advisor, CART for Suffolk and community development advisor. I am delighted to be chair of the region awards committee and know how important it is for all leaders to be appreciated. Not everyone can be awarded a ‘Silver Fish’ however thanks badges and certificates, good service badges and county awards make the recipient feel special. It is great honour to read the citations submitted for approval and it never ceased to amaze me how many leaders go over and above the remit of their guiding role. Girlguiding plays an important role in so many people's lives and without the great volunteers that we have in the region there wouldn’t be the fantastic opportunities on offer to the girls. Therefore, a little thanks goes a long way!


The next submission deadline is: 9am on Wednesday 3 January 2024.

Discretionary awards available at the regional or national level must be submitted to the Anglia region awards committee via your chair of county awards or county commissioner. Download the relevant awards nomination form or contact the region for more information.

Available awards

Thanks Badge

Given to members and non-members of Girlguiding as a sign of appreciation for their support.
Any member may present a thanks badge after discussion with a leader or commissioner.

Good Service Badge

This brooch can be awarded by the chief Guide, a chief commissioner or county commissioner for good service to guiding.


The Laurel award celebrates exceptional service. It is awarded to active members of Girlguiding who have made an outstanding contribution to guiding.

Anglia Thank You certificate and badge

This certificate is designed to thank any member, adult or child, or non-member who has positively impacted guiding.

Girlguiding Hero Award

An award for members or friends of Girlguiding who have done something special.

Silver Fish

The Silver Fish award recognises active members who have made an exceptional contribution across the breadth of Girlguiding.

Anglia Brooch

The Anglia Brooch is awarded for commitment and level of service above 'the call of duty', notable display of courage, bravery or initiative.

Anglia Youth

For members under the age of 18 who have shown notable commitment or participation, made a notable difference to others, have empowered or influenced or demonstrated championing of the rights of young women.

Buddy and Unit Buddy

This recognises young women in guiding who act as buddies, supporting their peers with additional needs within units, at events or on camps and holidays.

Guiding Star

An award for any member up to her 26th birthday, who has displayed exceptional courage or who has shown great initiative or responsibility during an incident.

Award presentations

Congratulations to:

Barbara Charity

An Anglia Brooch awarded for commitment and an exceptional level of service to unit, division and county including Poacher International camps.

Tracy Foster

Presented with the highest award in Girlguiding, a Silver Fish by then chief Guide Amanda Medlar.

Ann Crome

Presented with the second-highest award from Girlguiding, a Laurel award, for recognition of outstanding service to guiding.

Sandra Munns

An Anglia Brooch awarded for supporting, encouraging and rewarding volunteers throughout Essex West county

Laura Kennard

An Anglia Brooch awarded for invaluable support with business and finance knowledge across Essex West and to Anglia

Helen Swift

An Anglia brooch presented for dedication to guiding at local and county levels.

Lin Joyner

An Anglia Brooch for consistently outstanding service within Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East and beyond, especially as a dedicated Brownie leader and well-respected trainer.

Debbie Docherty

A Laurel award presented for significant impact on guiding at local, county and, region level including as a leader, trustee, lead volunteer and trainer.

Christine Skinner

A Laurel award presented for providing opportunities for girls and leaders, encouraging, supporting and inspiring others in guiding.

Denise Parrott

Presented an Anglia Brooch for continuous outstanding service.

Mary McLean

Presented with an Anglia Brooch as an unsung hero within Oxfordshire