I can’t believe it is nearly a year since I have been in post as county commissioner. As you would expect, I have been very busy learning new things, meeting new people and attending lots of meetings. I have really enjoyed meeting with leaders, commissioners and advisers within the county, their skills and enthusiasm are wonderful to see. Meeting with the girls and seeing how much fun they have at meetings and events is so lovely and really motivates me, although this is one aspect that I have really missed during the period that we have not been able to meet face to face.
Girlguiding in Leeds already provides so many opportunities for its members and we look forward to opening up many more. The county team is always evolving to ensure we have the people in place to provide these opportunities. Of course, looking after our members is also very important and I am pleased that we have started to advertise for wellbeing and safeguarding advisers. We have renamed our Special Needs Team to Inclusion Team. Between them they will help leaders to look after their young people, but they can also assist our amazing volunteers so please do get in touch with them if you feel you need any support. We want to reach more members with news of events and would welcome any ideas about how to do this. We are looking to form a team to help with website content and communication and we would love to involve younger members in this. The next few months will see the county strategy develop which we look forward to sharing with you.
Please do get in touch to share ideas but most of all get involved. Together we can make a difference. I look forward to returning back to normal!