Who We Are
What is Girlguiding?
Girlguiding is the United Kingdom’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, with about 575,000 members including about 65,000 trained volunteer adult Leaders. Guiding is for girls of all backgrounds, abilities and nationalities.
Our Mission, as part of a worldwide organisation, enables girls to take what they do in guiding with them as they grow up, fulfilling their potential and to take an active and responsible role in society, Everything from working in a team, to taking the lead, to speaking out on issues they care about through our distinctive, stimulating and enjoyable programme of activities delivered by trained volunteer leaders. It helps them develop the skills and confidence to become the young women they want to be and to make a difference to the world around them. Girlguiding promotes inclusion, equality and diversity. We are proud of our ‘girl only’ space and the experiences and opportunities we offer.
Girlguiding Kent East is divided into smaller areas called Division and Districts for easier communication and administration, and to support local guiding effectively.
Districts and Divisons
Units may be grouped into Districts led by a District Team, Districts are usually then grouped into Divisions led by a Division Team. Most Districts and Divisions are led by District and Division Commissioners.
Counties and Regions
Divisions (or Districts where there are no Divisions) are grouped into Counties led by a County Team. Guiding Counties do not necessarily correspond to local government boundaries, but are created to meet the strategic needs of guiding in a given area loosely linked to geographic boundaries. County Teams are led by a County Commissioner.
Our County is called Kent East
Through fun, friendship, challenge and adventure Girlguiding empowers girls to find their voice, inspiring them to discover the best in themselves and to make a positive difference in their community.
Kent East is a large County which consists of busy towns and rural areas. Our boundary is over 250 miles long, including a lot of coastline; we are divided into 16 divisions. We have over 4,500 members and, of these, around 500 are volunteer leaders. The leaders run units that offer varied programmes for all age groups, from the smallest Rainbow to the young adult and there are additional opportunities for adult members. Fun and friendship is integral to all units! We offer flexible volunteer opportunities, from occasional helpers to leaders and more specialist leadership roles. To find out more, click the Join us button.
Counties are supported in Regions according to their geographic location.
Our region is called Girlguiding London and South East England (LaSER)
Commonwealth Head Quarters
The main office for the administration of Girlguiding UK in the United Kingdom is called Commonwealth Headquarters (CHQ) and is situated in London. The professional staff and volunteers at CHQ support the Countries and Regions, the Counties, Divisions, Districts and units, and administer Girlguiding UK on their behalf.
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
Girlguiding UK is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). The World Association was founded in 1928 as the umbrella organisation for guiding and girl scouting associations around the world. WAGGGS is the largest organisation in the world providing non-formal education to girls and young women and has links with many other organisations, including the United Nations. It works to directly influence issues relevant to girls and young women, such as empowerment, life skills, leadership and the fight against HIV and AIDS. All ten million WAGGGS members in 144 countries share the same traditions and aims despite ethnic, cultural, religious and economic differences.