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Welcome to Girl Guides Queensland


Girl Guides Queensland is the largest youth organisation for girls and young women in Queensland with almost 5000 youth Members and 1000 volunteer Leaders and adult Members.
We provide a non-formal educational program designed to create leaders of tomorrow by building on strengths and personal skills development.
This program is flexible and can be designed to suit each individual youth Member and adult Members goals.
We are an organisation that welcomes and actively seeks members from all racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic groups.

Girl Guides Queensland is a Member of Girl Guides Australia and of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and a member of Queensland Youth Alliance (QYA)

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Guiding in Queensland


Guiding in Queensland was established in 1919 due to the demand from girls wanting to become Girl Guides.
All the activities the Guides do, from weekly meetings, camps, expeditions and hikes, are driven by the Guides themselves with input and assistance from their Leaders, and are planned to match the Guides abilities.
As part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), each Guide is a privileged sister in a sisterhood of ten million Guides worldwide, the world's largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women.

Girl Guides Queensland is made up of 16 Regions, which contain over 140 Districts throughout Queensland. Each District may be made up of several multi-aged Units, with youth members aged 5 to 17, Leaders (18+) and Junior Leaders (14-17) in various roles.

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What costs are involved?
Membership fees are paid annually to Guides Queensland State Office. These cover membership of the State Girl Guide organisation, Girl Guides Australia and the WAGGGS as well as insurance and access to Guiding resources. Annual membership is great value, and is set by each state and territory each year.

website Join Us - for more information on joining, membership fees, uniform costs and subscriptions.


Child Protection
It is the policy of Girl Guides Queensland to safeguard the welfare and safety of its members while participating in Guiding activities. Girl Guides Queensland takes all reasonable steps to ensure that, through relevant procedures and training, children, young people and adults taking part in Guiding activities do so in a safe and friendly environment.
All Girl Guides Queensland Leaders complete a Keeping Children Safe orientation in relation to policies and procedures regarding the protection of children from abuse.
Girl Guides Queensland is committed to creating child-safe environments that promote learning and enjoyment. The organisation strives to provide services and activities where children and young people:
  • feel safe and are protected from harm
  • have a say in planning activities and other decisions affecting them
  • are listened to
  • are respected
  • have their best interests considered and upheld
All Girl Guides Queensland Leaders complete a Keeping Children Safe orientation in relation to policies and procedures regarding the protection of children from abuse.

website Keeping Children Safe Policy

website Public Safety Business Agency - Girl Guides Queensland complies with the Youth Worker requirements of PSBA


Governance
Girl Guides Queensland is an autonomous organisation which manages its affairs based on the Guides Queensland Constitution with accepted practices and policies set out in Girl Guides Australia's Guide Lines. Guide Lines details the requirements of the organisation and incorporates the policy and rules of Girl Guides Australia and WAGGGS.
The Girl Guides Queensland Policy and Procedures outlines the policies and procedures for Girl Guides Queensland. This document should be read in conjunction with Guide Lines.
The Girl Guides Queensland Board directs the general policy of the Association, providing vision and policy decisions.

website Girl Guides Queensland Annual Reports

website Girl Guides Queensland Policy and Procedures

website Girl Guides Queensland Board Charter
 
website Girl Guides Australia Guide Lines
- for Girl Guides and Girl Guide Volunteers


Velia Nicholls 
      
The State Commissioner of Girl Guides Queensland

Girl Guides is a volunteer lead and run organisation and the State Commissioner is the leader for her State. She delegates responsibility to suitably qualified people for areas which require specific expertise and maintains contact with them to ensure that the needs of the Guide Organisation are being met. Our current State Commissioner is Velia Nicholls. Velia has been in the role for three years and Girl Guides Queensland has recently re-elected her for a further term of three years, which is a testament to her dedication and leadership skills.

In Velia’s Own Words:

My entry into the amazing world of Guiding commenced in 2005 when I was asked to assist the Board as Chair of the Working Together Project. From 2005 to 2010, I willingly took on various tasks and projects both at State and National levels. I developed the utmost respect and passion for all that Girl Guides stands for and achieves.

In 2009, by Kindilan’s Lake Lowana, I made my Guide Promise. My commitment since that moment has only strengthened. I believe that has been demonstrated through every piece of work I have undertaken. I have eagerly supported the work that will ensure an increasing number of girls can enjoy the benefits that being part of the Girl Guiding family can bring. I live the Promise and Law in my daily life.

My personal belief is that everyone has spare capacity to help another. Our family values include teaching our children that being aware of the space around them is important. For me, it doesn’t take much effort to hold a hand out to another, to offer support or a listening ear and sometimes more. I have been privileged to support teenage girls and women who have experienced horrific childhoods. My primary focus and commitment has always been to girls and women.

I see GGQ as having the potential for being of enormous significance to girls and women throughout Queensland. We are a significant State with the third largest number of Members. We have an opportunity over the next three years to help shape the next stage of Guiding both in Queensland and in Australia. For our voice to be heard, GGQ needs to reflect a strong unified State, clear on its direction and goals. Then we can knowingly participate and contribute to the setting of national strategy.

As the State Commissioner for Queensland, I offer an experienced leader in both business and not for profit sectors, who operates from a base of honesty, resilience and integrity. My leadership approach is centered on values and respectful practices. I have always and will continue to encourage all girls and women to believe in themselves and their own ability to achieve, whilst respecting the rights of others. I believe in transparency and teamwork. I believe in the Girl Guides Mission: to empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members.

Yours in Guiding,

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Velia Nicholls
State Commissioner
Girl Guides Queensland

Download Velia's Full Bio Here



Mrs Kaye de Jersey
      
The Patron of Girl Guides Queensland

Mrs Kaye de Jersey, wife of the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.
Girl Guides Queensland appreciates her support of Guiding and her commitment to developing the youth in Queensland to be the leaders of tomorrow.


 

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