Girlguiding in British Overseas Territories - practical questions

What to do if you’re a member living in Overseas Territories

27 November 2023

Our UK board of trustees has decided to extend the timeline for Girlguiding activities in British Overseas Territories into 2024. 

Our UK board of trustees has decided to extend the timeline for Girlguiding activities in Overseas Territories into 2024. This gives our members time to transition to any new way we may be delivering Girlguiding in Overseas Territories. 

BGO in Middle East and Africa, Asia, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg (Benelux) and France, Europe and lone guiding closed on 1 September 2023. If you’re a member of a BGO unit, please read our BGO practical questions for support. 

Practical questions

Is BGO still operating? 

BGO ended on 1 September 2023. Units in the Middle East and Africa, Asia, Benelux and France and Europe have now closed. Were grateful to all members in these areas for their hard work and commitment in providing girls with an incredible final term.  

Girlguiding in Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Saint Helena and Ascension Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands) continue as we work with commissioners in these areas to explore potential future options for girls. Girlguiding's UK board of trustees will make a decision about the future of Girlguiding in British Overseas Territories. A further update will be provided in early 2024.  

Girlguiding activities in Overseas Territories will continue into the first few months of 2024 to provide time to transition to any new way we may be delivering Girlguiding in the future. 

What's happening with Overseas Territories after 31 December 2023? 

Following our announcement in April about changes to Girlguiding overseas, Girlguiding UK board of trustees decided in June to extend Girlguiding activities in British Overseas Territories to 31 December 2023. This was so that we could continue to work together with volunteers in the areas on opportunities for girls.   

Together with commissioners in the British Overseas Territories we've been working together to develop options for the UK board of trustees to consider. The trustees will make a decision based on the options brought forward from this group. 

The trustees have decided to extend the timeline for Girlguiding activities in Overseas Territories into 2024, to provide time to transition to any new way we may be delivering Girlguiding in Overseas Territories.  

This means that Girlguiding activities in Overseas Territories, including unit meetings and trips, will continue into the first few months of 2024. We will provide another update in early 2024. 

If I'm in an Overseas Territory, do I still need to pay subscriptions for 2024?

Yes. Girlguiding is collecting 2024 subscriptions in the usual way as activities will continue in Overseas Territories into 2024 and we want to support members to make the most of this time.

Why are Overseas Territories being treated as differently to Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man)? 

Girlguiding operations in Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man are part of Girlguiding's English country and region system. They are not part of BGO. Girlguiding Jersey and Guernsey are part of Girlguiding South West England region. Girlguiding in the Isle of Man is part of Girlguiding North West England region. 

 

I am a leader in a British Overseas Territory. Can my unit still meet after 31 December 2023 and if so, for how long? 

Yes, Girlguiding units in Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos Islands), can continue to meet in the first few months of 2024. This includes any planned trips. Well provide an update in early 2024 to tell you about exactly what will happen with Girlguiding in Overseas Territories. 

I am a leader in a British Overseas Territory. Should I continue to onboard new girls and volunteers? 

Yes. You should carry on running your unit as usual, including welcoming new girls and volunteers to join your unit if you have space. Well provide further updates in early 2024 about exactly what will happen with Girlguiding in Overseas Territories. 

I'm a leader in a British Overseas Territory. How far ahead should I be planning my unit meetings and trips in 2024? 

Girlguiding activities in Overseas Territories, including unit meetings and trips, will continue into the first few months of 2024. Well update you in early 2024 to tell you exactly what will happen with Girlguiding in Overseas Territories. 

Can I sign up for lones/independent guiding if I'm based overseas? 

Currently you cannot join a lones or independent guiding group. If this changes well add an update to our webpage about independent guiding.  

 
Im based in a British Overseas Territory. Should I complete my Girlguiding compliance training? 

Yes. While your unit is open and meeting as usual, you should keep up to date with any essential compliance training required by Girlguiding. You may also be required to complete additional compliance training depending on local requirements where you live. 

Will volunteers in Overseas Territories be consulted on the decision? 

Overseas Territories (island) commissioners, senior volunteers and members of Girlguiding are working together to develop options for the UK board of trustees to consider. 

The decision on the way forward will be taken by the UK board of trustees who are themselves volunteers and who are accountable for Girlguiding’s overseas activities. 

If youd like to share your views, please contact the special support team which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (+44 (0)20 8159 4040 or [email protected]). 

Will this be the last extension for Girlguiding in UK Overseas Territories? What happens after that? 

We've been working together with commissioners in Overseas Territories to develop potential options for the UK board of trustees to consider. The trustees will make a decision on the options proposed by this group.  

The trustees have decided to extend the timeline for Girlguiding activities in Overseas Territories into 2024, to provide time to transition to any new way we may be delivering Girlguiding in Overseas Territories. We will provide another update in early 2024 to tell you about exactly what will happen in Girlguiding in Overseas Territories. 

 

Where to go for support 

Our special support team is also available to answer your questions. Get in touch: 020 8159 4040 or [email protected] 

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