Our 2020+ strategy

Making sure we’re delivering for girls in the future

We’ve come a long way – and we’re starting to think about what’s next. 

Since we launched ‘Being Our Best’ in 2015, Girlguiding, and the world around us, has changed a lot. 

‘Being Our Best’ was our first five-year strategic plan – a plan which was developed with huge input from girls, volunteers, staff and others.

The current strategic plan ends in 2020, and whilst we know that we still need to keep working to deliver what we set out to do three years ago, we also need to have one eye on the future.

What will our story be after 2020? What do we want to achieve for girls and young women? And how can we plan to get there? Whilst our vision, values and mission will always stay the same, how we deliver on that vision can change.

That’s why we’re starting to think about the world after 2020 now – and that’s where we need your help.

Over the next year, we’ll be speaking to girls, volunteers on the ground, senior volunteers, staff and external organisations to look at where we are, where we need to get go, and how we’re going to get there together.

What will we be asking about?

To start with, we'd like to hear from you about:

  • the lives of girls and women, today and in the future. How have they changed? How will they change in the future? And what does it mean for Girlguiding?
  • the difference that Girlguiding makes to the lives of our members, but also to our society as a whole.
  • our Girlguiding culture. Sometimes this is described as 'what we do when no one's watching' - our way of being, our values and how we behave.
  • reaching out to even more girls and adults. How can we encourage more people join guiding?
  • how our young members can play an active role in and contribute to our decisions.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on other areas too. As ever we will try for this consultation to be fun and enjoyable for you all.

The roadmap to 2020

Here’s an overall roadmap of what we’ll be doing in the next year and how you and your girls can have your voices heard. 

Summer 2018: so far, we’ve consulted with trustees, chief commissioners, lead volunteers and senior staff to find out what they think

Autumn and winter 2018: interactive sessions will take place all around the country on lots of different elements of our strategy – look out for more information on this soon

Start of 2019: there’ll be opportunities for you to have your say in an online survey. We’ll also be consulting with parents at the same time through a different survey

Early 2019: we’ll send out an activity pack for units to use so that all girls have the chance to share their thoughts about the future of Girlguiding

Spring 2019: all of the insight that’s been gathered will be analysed, and we’ll hold a strategy summit with volunteers

Summer 2019: the strategy is finalised with trustees and other senior stakeholders

Before the end of 2019: we’ll be able to share the full strategy with everyone

What’s next?

Keep an eye out for more information coming up in future emails, and for information coming through your commissioners too.