Winter message from the County Commissioner

Emma Nalson

Today was the annual Brussels & Waterloo girlguiding and scout Carol Service, a lovely event to start off the festivities. The Guides and Rangers spoke clearly doing their reading and the Brownies and Rainbows all sang their carols wonderfully – well aided by their leaders. This year, the young people donated games and a collection was taken for a Brussels asylum seekers centre.

In November, I hosted a weekend for the County District Commissioners and County Team in Leuven, Belgium. As well as a training session, this was also an opportunity for everyone to share ideas and concerns, to build teams and work to strengthen girlguiding in our areas. By the end of the weekend, we had produced an almost finalised Strategic Plan for the next 5 years and adopted a new County Grant scheme. Details of both will be shared across our members over the coming weeks.

I must give a special mention to one of our senior section members in Ile De France who has completed her Chief Guide’s Challenge in spectacular fashion. She has not just completed the Challenge, but completed all the Octants to all levels, which is well over the standard required. Well done, Esther.

Good Mental Health is a subject that I feel very passionate about so the recent report that membership of girlguiding lowers the risk of mental health in later life is wonderful news—a true incentive to continue to provide the wonderful opportunities that we do and to realise the benefits of working side by side with our young members.

All the best for 2017.

Emma Nalson