Taking time out from training

Considering taking a break from training? Learn all about our abeyance policy and how to reinstate your role if you wish to return

If you want to take a break from your role as a Trainer, you can!

The process depends on your plans.

  • If you simply want to pause your role - for up to three years - you need to place your role in 'abeyance' - which means a planned period of absence.
  • If you are planning on leaving your role for longer - or indefinitely - your Trainer role will be removed from Go! and the process to reinstate it will be a bit more comprehensive.

Once you've decided how long a break you want to take, agree this with your Country or Region Trainer Coordinator. If you are planning to put your role in abeyance, your Country/Region office will note this on your Go! record. The date of your anticipated return will be kept at Country/Region level.

Returning to your role

After abeyance

Three months before you are due to resume your role, your Country/Region Coordinator will contact you to confirm you wish to return. If you'd like to return sooner, you can make contact before this.

You will then meet with your Country or Region Trainer Coordinator or nominated deputy to discuss:

  • how you have remained up to date with Girlguiding during your abeyance period
  • how you have remained up to date with training during your abeyance period
  • your roles within Girlguiding
  • the Trainer abeyance and returners guidelines
  • the training role you wish to take on, and whether this matches your previous qualification.

In this meeting, you will need to agree your next steps. There are two options - you can either:

  • complete the renewal process within the next six to nine months
  • work with a Tutor for up to six months to gain or refresh skills and then complete the renewal process within the following six months.

The renewal process includes:

  1. a role visit to confirm you uphold the Guiding Method in your role
  2. a training practice observation
  3. a training practice self-evaluation
  4. becoming an active member of a Trainer Support Group
  5. completing a Personal Development Plan.

In exceptional circumstances - such as bereavement or illness - the Country or Region may extend the period of abeyance by three months. Each abeyance can be extended only once.

After an extended leave of absence

If you want to return after an extended leave of absence (over three years), you will need to follow a slightly different process to become a Trainer again.

  1. You'll first need to notify the Volunteer Development team - [email protected] - stating your membership number.
  2. The Volunteer Development team will then confirm your suitability on Go! and ensure you meet the requirements. If you do, your local Country/Region will be informed. If you do not meet the requirements, our team will let you know what is required before you can reactivate your role.
  3. Your Country or Region Trainer Coordinator will then arrange for a role visit to ensure you are still working to the Guiding Method. If this visit is successful, the Country/Region Trainer Coordinator will ensure you are placed with a Tutor. If it is not successful, the Country/Region Trainer Coordinator will help to create a development plan.
  4. Finally, you'll need to complete Module 1 and the relevant modules from 2-4 which will include completing a Personal Development Plan, undergoing three observations, becoming a member of a Trainer Support Group and keeping up to date with the Girlguiding programme, policies and projects as necessary.
  5. Once this has been successfully completed, your Trainer role will be reactivated on Go!.

More information on taking a break

Download our full policy on abeyance and extended absences - which contains detailed information for those overseeing this process.