District Matters 

14 September 2018

State Office Updates

Lesley Jardine, Administration and Finance Manager resigned on 13/9/18.  We wish Lesley all the best for the next chapter in her career, and of course a wonderful five week holiday in Europe. Please direct account queries to Trudy (accounts@guidesqld.org) and other matters to myself (seo@guidesqld.org).

Carla Black’s role has temporarily changed to support accounts, Bluecard and advisory support to the QMC and Membership team.

I will continue to review the roles required in State Office over the coming months. 

Kim Harrington
State Executive Officer

New Forms and Processes

We have two new Girl Guides forms published this week

  • Grants Compliance Guidelines
  • Applying for Grants Guidelines

You can find these resources in our website.

Position Vacant

Visit the www.guidesqld.org/positionsvacant for more details on the following positions
  • Staff Position: Property Officer
  • Volunteer Company Secretary
  • Volunteer Property Working Committee
  • Volunteer Annual Report Editor

Guide Supplies

Open Tuesday to Thursday 10am - 4pm, Friday 8am - 2pm

  • Our expected delivery in August of uniform polo shirts has been delayed. It is now due to arrive around 20 September.
  • State Good Turn badges are on order and due shortly
  • Team Girl 2018 cloth badges are on order and due shortly
  • Christmas badges are on order and due shortly

Unidentified Payments

Could Leaders kindly check the below documents and forward account queries to accounts@guidesqld.org and membership forms to membership@guidesqld.org.

Biscuits

Please start thinking about next year’s biscuit orders for your District as it is nearing that time of year again when we will need your orders for 2019. So please start thinking about next year’s biscuit orders for your District as we will be sending out the request for orders towards the end of October. Delivery will be towards the end of April 2019 as per normal so please be sure that who you nominate to be your District’s Biscuit Coordinator will still be available to take on the job in the New Year.

Successful Grants

Would a grant of between $1,000 to $5,000 for items, training or fuel reimbursement to support volunteers help your volunteers? We strongly encourage all Districts to apply for this grant. A How to Apply Guide has been developed and can be found HERE. If you apply, we kindly ask that you notify State Office via caitlink@guidesqld.org

Applications close Tuesday 18 September at 2pm.


Keeping Children Safe

Managers and Members are reminded that Keeping Children Safe (KCS) is a compulsory training for all Girl Guide Queensland staff, members and volunteers who work with Children.  All new adult members working with children are required to complete this course as soon as possible. It should be a high priority for all our members. 

The revised KCS course is a user-friendly interactive, self-paced online training to help in understanding the Child Protection laws and how they apply to Girl Guides. In this course you will discover your rights and responsibilities under the Child Protection laws and become familiar with the Child Protection policies, procedures and strategies of Girl Guides Australia and Girl Guides Queensland. 

Click Here for instructions about how to access KCS training on the new E-Learning platform. In conjunction with the course, participants need to download GGQ Keeping children Safe Booklet January 2017.

Bluecard Updates

In follow up from a recommendation from the Royal Commission, Blue Card Services are aiming to process new applications and renewals within a 7 - 10 day time frame which is certainly an improvement from the previous 4 weeks time frame.

Please remember to check completed forms before sending. Sections not completed fully mean a delay in submission or a request for further information from Blue Card Services.

All Blue Card paperwork should be sent to bluecard@guidesqld.org.

Seven News Young Achiever Awards QLD

The purpose of the Seven News Young Achiever Awards Queensland is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people throughout Queensland up to and including 29 years of age as of 31 December.

Nominations close on 3 December. Click Here for more information.

National Circulars


PR Marketing Webinar

Girl Guides Queensland is offering a free webinar for any leaders who are interested in learning about the new and existing resources available at www.guidesqld.org/marketing.


This webinar will explain each of the digital resources available to assist Leaders and Managers with marketing including Logos and branding as well:

  • Learn how to create custom flyers and posters from existing templates  
  • Look at existing print material like banners and how to order your own    
  • Discover extra digital resources like photos, social media posts, music, illustrations  
  • Plus an opportunity to ask questions
Complete this Expression of Interest form to help book a webinar session.

Centenary Events

Check out these date claimers for 2019 as we prepare to celebrate 100 years of Girl Guiding in Queensland

Dates for your Diary

  • 22-28 September Agoonoree
  • 30 Sept - 6 Oct Sydney Jamboree 2018
  • 28 Sept -1 Oct QLD Olave Program Conference “Make a Splash”