Guiding Conversations

Tools to help you generate informative and thought-provoking discussions in your local area

Guiding Conversations is a series of tools to facilitate discussions at district or division meetings

Each conversation focuses on a specific topic relevant to guiding, whether its managing challenging behaviour or offering a varied programme to girls.

As a commissioner, you can lead the conversation or support your leaders to do so. Your aim should be to develop practical solutions to issues in your area, so you can ensure all girls get the same, great guiding experience.

Top tips for using Guiding Conversations

  • Pick a topic that you or leaders in your area want to discuss from the list below and add it to your next meeting agenda. You might want to share the resource with your leaders before or simply introduce the topic during the meeting.
  • Encourage everyone to participate and try to keep conversations positive.
  • Try to think about actual examples to bring the conversations to life and come up with practical actions and possible solutions to issues raised in the discussion.
  • Use any negative feedback in a constructive, practical way to arrive at solutions.
  • Ensure these actions are acted upon - you could incorporate them into your meeting notes, or assign someone to monitor the actions separately.
  • Use the resource to keep the conversation focused and try to keep to the allocated time so your meeting isn't swallowed up by the topic.
  • Keep the conversation going by sharing resources and information relevant to the topic with your team after the meeting.

Watch our video to see an example of how to run a Guiding Conversation

Download our Guiding Conversations

GDPR - talking about the new data protection legislation and how if affects how we handle information.

Getting ready for the new programme - talking about programme changes and what to expect from the new programme.

Being our Best - support leaders to understand Being our Best, Girlguiding's five-year plan, and how they fit in to it.

Good guiding is...  - introduce leaders to our Good guiding is... resource and help them build it into their programme.

A warm welcome - encourage leaders to consider how their units can provide a warm welcome to new members.

Making reasonable adjustments - work with your leaders to ensure all young members and volunteers have access to the same great guiding experience.

Giving girls a voice in local guiding - are your girls really in the lead? Find out what's happening in your area to get girls involved.

A Safe Space - what does it mean to provide a safe space for our members? Help leaders think about the potential obstacles and challenges facing girls and volunteers.

Behaviour - every leader will face challenging behaviour from girls in their unit at some time. Explore the hurdles they face and help them to develop skills to respond effectively.

Offering adventure for all - get leaders talking about how easily adventure can happen in their units.

Keeping girls safe from violence - this conversation is focused on how abuse and violence touch the lives of many girls, and what our volunteers can do to support those at risk.

Room for just one more?  - growing guiding is vital to our success. Discuss with your leaders how each unit can increase their membership.