Girlguiding Making a Difference Fund

Girlguiding Making a Difference Fund

For Young Members

This fund is NOT for group applications but for applying on behalf of individual ‘girls’. The Leader of a Unit or an Adult member of Girlguiding Midlands can apply to the fund on behalf of an individual (5 - 18 years old) who they feel would not be able to participate in or take a Leadership role for a future event without help and would therefore benefit from financial assistance.  A maximum of two applications per member per year.

For Active Adult Members

This fund is NOT for group applications but for a District/Division/Section or County Commissioner from within the 11 counties to apply on behalf of an individual ‘active’ adult member (over eighteen) who they feel would not be able to take a Leadership role in a Unit or local event or attend a Training opportunity appropriate to their role without benefitting from financial assistance.  This fund is available when all other options in the County and local areas have been addressed. A maximum of two applications per member per year.

Full Criteria details

Application Form

Easy Fundraising

Many units, Districts, Divisions and special guiding projects have benefited from signing on to Why not try this for your unit or project, ask friends and family to join in and help you. It’s so eas:

How it works helps charities, schools, Guides, community groups, and other good causes to raise money when their supporters shop online.

It works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for your cause instead.

You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each willdonate up to 15% of what you spend. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 2.5%, The Body Shop 6%, some insurance retailers will even donate up to £30 simply for taking out a policy with them!

The great thing is it won't cost you anything, plus we've got lots ofvoucher codes and special discounts so you can actually save money while you help your good cause. There is no cost for the good cause either – our service is totally free.

How to generate donations

It's very simple - once you've registered with us, when you shop with one of our retailers, our system makes a note of your purchase, collects the donation from the retailer and passes it to your chosen good cause. That's it! No hassle for you, we do all the hard work while you shop as you normally would.

Support a Cause

  • Click on ‘Find a cause’ and select the cause you wish to support. 
  • Fill out the quick form to register your details. 
  • Find the retailer you want to shop with. 
  • Click to visit the retailer, then shop as you normally would. 
  • Your donation will be shown in your easyfundraising account within 30 days.

Register a cause: i.e. your Guide Unit

Fill out the cause registration form including contact details and where we can send the money you raise!

We'll need to do a few important checks at our end to make sure your cause is genuine (sorry but we have to ask!).

As soon as we're happy you can start raising funds through your own shopping plus we’ll give you all the tools you need to let your potential supporters know about us.

We send cheques out each quarter so once you've raised £15 or more, we'll send your first cheque! If you don't quite raise £15, it's rolled over to the next month. You can also choose to be paid via JustGiving, if you have an account with them. Extracted from:

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a government scheme to encourage people to give to charity. Under the scheme, money given to charities -including Girlguiding subscriptions - is eligible for tax relief.

You can work out the amount of tax you can reclaim by dividing the amount donated through subscriptions by four. This means that for every £1 donated, you can claim an extra 25 pence so by applying for a Gift Aid number you can increase your unit funds.

To register your unit or to make a declaration, please click here to download the following documents:

  • Gift Aid Registration Form
  • Gift Aid Certificate
  • Gift Aid Information Pack
If at first the form seems complicated, contact one of your guiding colleagues in your District or Division for help. If you don’t claim this money then it will stay in the government’s bank account!

New Unit Grant

How to apply

The Starting a New Unit Grant provides funding of up to £500 to assist new units. This money can be used to purchase initial equipment and stationery, and to cover essential start-up costs within the first few weeks of operation. Whether your unit needs money to pay for a deposit for a venue for unit meetings, or need a new leader’s uniform, the Starting a New Unit Grant can help.

Grant Criteria

The Starting a New Unit Grant is available for all new units and any unit that has been inactive for more than a year and is being reopened. Before submitting your application please ensure that:

  • The new unit is registered on Go! as an active unit
  • Member details, including those who are waiting to join, are added under the new unit on Go!
  • You must apply for the grant within 90 days of your units formed date

Please ensure all details are up to date on Go! Units with incomplete details, or details that differ to what has been stated in the application form cannot be processed.

Please complete the application form using the grant guidelines and in consultation with your Commissioner.

If you have any questions about the grant, please contact Membership Support Services on 020 7834 6242 or email

Applications for the grant should be emailed or posted to the Girlguiding Midlands Office. 

Once you have opened your New Unit, The Trefoil Guild can help you! They supply starter packs for all new units - Click here for more info


Nights Away Challenge - £1 each plus delivery

Everytime you spend a night away with Girlguiding - whether in a tent, hostel or on even on a boat - make a note on our handy record card. Earn yourself a badge for reaching the 1, 5, 10, 15, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 175 and 200 nights milestones. The badges are for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, Young Leaders and adult volunteers.

Download the badge order form

Download the record card

Download the FAQs

Four Seasons Camping Challenge - £1 each plus delivery

Camping is not just for the summer - earn a badge for each season you spend a night under canvas. The badges are for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, members of The Senior Section members and adult volunteers. 

Download the badge order form

Download the record card

Download the FAQs

Region Standard Badge - £1.50 each plus delivery

A cloth badge of the Girlguiding Midlands Region Standard flag.

Download the badge order form

Badge Mixes - £1 plus delivery

Our mixes of 10 random Girlguiding Midlands badges are perfect for collectors and swaps. 

Download the badge order form

Miscellaneous Badges - various prices plus delivery

Download the badge order form to see the miscellanious badges we currently have available - including leftover badges from 2016, 2017 and our 2018 events.

Download the badge order form

"I've had an Adventure with Girlguiding Midlands" Badge - £1 each plus delivery

Our new badge is the perfect way to remember the fab adventure you've had at a Girlguiding Midlands event.

Download the badge order form

Nights Away Challenge Badge Order Form

Nights Away Challenge Record Card

Four Seasons Camping Challenge Badge Order Form

Four Seasons Camping Challenge Record Card

Celebrate Additional badge Order Form

The Chief Commissioner’s Award 2020 and 2021



This award is given to a member of Girlguiding Midlands who has given outstanding service at a local level.

Forms for making a nomination for the 2021 Chief Commissioner's Award will be available soon.  We will advise County Commissioners and County Chairs of Awards when they are available.

Nomination forms can be completed electronically (boxes will expand to accommodate text) or printed and filled in (a continuation sheet may be used, if required).  

Do you know someone who has given outstanding service at a local level?  Someone who has made a real impact to guiding locally?

Then please nominate them for a Chief Commissioner's Award.   Just complete the application form and send it to your county chair of awards or your county office for consideration.  All nominations must go through your county.

'Whilst it is possible for volunteers to nominate family members for this award, we encourage them to ensure the nomination is made by another volunteer from the unit or district/division. Where this is not possible please consult your Division or County Commissioner"

Please note that this award is not a long service award.

The form has been updated with input from the region chair of awards, county chairs of awards and approved by the region's executive committee members.  All previous versions of the form are now obsolete.

Key Dates:

  • After county level approval, forms need to be sent by email or post to the region office by - 2021 date to be confirmed
  • Successful recipients will be contacted during the autumn term and invited to attend the presentation ceremonies which will take place on  - 2021 date and details to be confirmed.

Stay with Girlguiding

This resource is full of handy hints and tips about how to tackle retention in your local area. Although it is aimed at commissioners, there are plenty of ideas that could work at a unit level as well. You may already be doing some of these things, but hopefully everyone will be able to find at least one new thing to try. 

You can even earn a free badge for every adult on your district by trying three retention ideas inspired by the pack and telling us about them! (See the badge form below)


Unit Management


PR and Marketing

Value your Volunteer

Calendar of events

Welcome to the new-look Midlands Region calendar!

On this calendar, you can see any planned events and trainings happening across the Region, and what County they are taking place in. We’ve also added any relevant national trainings or events.

You can click on any of the coloured filters on the calendar to just view those type of events, for example, clicking on 'Birmingham' county will show you what’s going on in Birmingham only. 

If there is something that you are running that you feel is missing from this calendar, you can get in touch with your County office, as they have access to add relevant events and trainings.

UK Parliament Week 2020, 1-7 November

Parliament Week 2020 

This week is Parliament Week - a chance to join lots of other groups across the UK in taking part in activities about our Parliament, and what they do for us. There are lots of activities to be completed to help your girls earn their Parliament Week badge. 

Help your girls understand what the UK Parliament does by trying some of the specially written activities. : 

"Spread the word by considering amazing campaigns that have changed the world. What do your girls think could change things in your area? 

"Understand the important of influencing people. Help your girls to see how they might influence the people around them. 

"Consider who your ideal representative might be. Get girls to think about the important features that all good leaders have - what do they think a good leader is? 

"Talk about local issues and causes - encourage your girls to understand your local area and the things that matter to them. Encourage them to find out what they could change for the better! 

These activities tie in with the Express Myself and Take Action Skills Builders too - empower your girls to support their local communities. 

 We really hope that lots of groups get involved this week, or in the coming weeks. The activities included in the Midlands booklet could be modified for use on Zoom too! 

For extra activities, take a look at the UK Parliament Week website here

Midlands Activities

Midlands Extra Activites