Body Shop at Home

Would you like to do some fundraising through the Body Shop with your unit?

Our events are a fun and sociable way to add to your fundraising tally and can be held anywhere- the choice is yours.

  • Think about charging a nominal fee to attend your event.
  • We have generic posters we can forward to you for you to use.
  • We will provide you with catalogues and order forms 2 weeks/10 days prior to your event for you to hand out to people who can’t make the event but would like to support it by placing an order.
  • We can provide you a ‘Lucky Squares’ game sheets that can be completed before the event by selling the squares off at a £2 each.  Once each sheet is completed one person has the chance of winning up to 50% of the value  in Body Shop products of their choice and the other 50 % you will have raised for your cause.
  • We will provide you with a raffle prize in products, tickets for which can be sold on the night of the event with all sales going straight into your fundraising pot.
  • On the night of the event we will come along to your venue and set up an eye catching and attractive display.  Our parties are about having fun and playing with our products, the more products people try the more they are likely to buy.  We will demonstrate our makeup (on a raffle prize winner) and encourage all your guests to try the products.
  • We will give you a minimum of 10% cash back on all the orders we take on the night and on any you have collected before the event.  The cash back will increase to 15% once your total sales have exceeded £1000.  The cash back is in addition to your ticket sales, raffle money and lucky squares sheets sold.
  • Donation of £5 direct to your cause for anyone who books and holds  a party at home within 6 weeks of the event .
  • All items ordered by guests will be delivered back to you within 10 days, each with their own bag making it very easy for the completed orders to be distributed.

If you are interested, please contact the Trefoil Centre office on for contact details.

Free Amazon Tours

Experience a tour of an Amazon fulfilment centre to give your unit a behind the scenes look at how our centre operates.  You will see first-hand the technology that helps us to deliver to our customers all across the globe.

At our site we deal with the larger items, so we have a lot of trucks operating on site and you will even get a close up look at some of our trucks.

The tours last approximately 1 hour, sometimes a little over as our last tour stop is really cool! We can accommodate groups of around 30 and we are flexible on the start time of the tours when hosting groups.

This is a really good opportunity to see how Amazon operates and the tours are free!

We are located in Doncaster, junction 3 off the M18

If you would like more information or to book on a tour please contact Adam Asquith, Tour Lead on 07795 668257 or

Child Genius

Hi there

I am currently working on the seventh series of Child Genius and we are looking for parents with high-achieving 8-12 year olds who might potentially be interested in hearing more about it.

My reason for getting in touch is to see if you might be able to circulate the attached flyer to parents of your Girlguides units that might want to apply. Alternatively, follow this link to be taken to the application form:

We understand that taking part in a TV show is a big decision, so as part of our casting process we will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 4th May in London for lots of children and their families to attend, with no obligation to take part in the series. It is a fun day, offering parents and children a chance to find out more about the show, plus an opportunity to meet other like-minded children, and take part in a series of fun challenges and games.

Anyone potentially interested can get in touch for further details if they wish.

Catch up on the most recent series of Child Genius here.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you.


Calling all Young Volunteers

Are you aged 18 to 35 and fancy enjoying a weekend at Waddow Hall making new friends and having fun, whilst doing your bit?

If so, why don’t you join in with the young volunteers Service Weekends?  The cost is free to members of Friends of Waddow (membership £12).  As well as having fun this weekend may count towards Queen’s Guide and DofE (at the discretion of your adviser/mentor).

Upcoming weekends:

29 – 31 March 2019

25 – 27 October 2019

27 – 29 March 2020

Download Booking Form.

Growing Guiding – Leeds

Are you enthusiastic? Do you enjoy talking to people in a positive way about Guiding?  Do you have innovative ideas about how, when and where we can encourage more adults to volunteer with us in Leeds County?   You do? Then we need you to grow our Growing Guiding Team.

We need to show the public in and around Leeds that Guiding is growing.  In the past we have been seen at Kirkstall Festival, Wetherby Town Hall, during the Tour de Yorkshire and Headingley cricket ground to name some of the things we have done.

We are looking for anyone who is interested in joining us, ideally two people (or more!) from each division so the county is represented from all areas.  We need people who are willing to help at events/stalls to grow Guiding and our aim is to have a large team so that everyone can give the time they can spare.  Currently there are just a few of us who have spent the whole day at festivals etc and that is hard work.  Can you help to lighten the load?

Even if you just think you may be interested but want to know more we are having a meeting at the Trefoil Centre on Tuesday 5th March at 7.30pm.

We look forward to seeing you on the 5th March where a warm welcome will  be waiting for you.

Lynne – Chair, Growing Guiding Team

Yarn Donation

Can you make use of a large bag of mixed yarn for activities with your girls?

A local knitter has been having a sort out of her stash of yarn resulting in a large bag of mixed yarn of varying colours, quantities and qualities.

If you can make use of this yarn in meeting activities, please contact the County Administrator at

Guide Dogs

Would your Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers like to find out more about Guide Dogs?

Thelma Wilson is a volunteer speaker for Guide Dogs and would love to visit your unit.  She will talk about the charity’s work, and bring trained guide dogs and resources to help the girls understand more about how the dogs are trained, what they do and why.

For Thelma’s contact details please email the County Administrator at


Learning about Democracy (for 9+ year olds)

Hello Girlguide Leaders

ROX PAPER AND THE SCISSORS is a new play about democracy for 9+ year olds. We would love it if Girl Guides and Brownies could come and see how autocratic school bully Rox, head girl (rule of law) Paper and reckless class clown The Scissors battle to become school president but find out the hard way that not all elections are fought fairly.

At the climax of the play, an audience vote will be held. These votes will be counted and the final vote count declared at the end of the tour. We believe in the importance of Citizenship (PSHCE) education and that there has never been a more critical time for children to develop questioning and debating skills, or as we say at Gone to the Dogs: Rollicking Politics = Confident Questioning. But most of all, it’s going to be fun.

We’re going to be at theatres in York, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Richmond (North Yorkshire), Scarborough and Leeds in March 2019. Please see the flyer attached for details.

Hands up though, I do appreciate that most of the shows are due to be held in school hours with the exception of Richmond (6pm, 12th March) and York (2pm, 23rd March). However, as a mum of a Guide, a Cub and soon to be a Brownie, I would love to work with you to see if there is any way that I could facilitate your groups or members to attend.

Please let me know if you would like further information.
Best wishes
Miranda Duffy
07498 872921
@GttDProductions (a Facebook resource page for teachers of Years 5, 6, and 7 that connects PSHE British Values to current news stories).

Download the Flyer here: Rock, Paper Scissors A5 Flyer (2019 update)

Yoga and Mindfulness for Children

Dear Girlguiding

I’m a children’s yoga and mindfulness teacher based in Leeds and I wanted to make contact with you following on from a lovely yoga and mindfulness session I did with the Brownies in Kirkstall. I did this session to celebrate the completion of their Be Well award and a Be Well evening they had.

I’m interested in being involved and offering more of these classes to compliment the Brownie’s Be Well award.

Please see my website ( for more information on what I can offer and my qualifications to teach. I would be more than happy to have a chat about how this could work nicely if it is something you would be interested in?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks


Inspirational Leeds Woman Honoured For Volunteering With Girlguiding

A Leeds Girlguiding volunteer has been honoured for her work supporting girls and young women over the last 23 years with a prestigious Laurel award.

Anne Esslemont, a Brownie, Guide and Senior Section leader was presented with a specially-designed brooch in honour of her inspirational efforts by Andrea Simon, deputy chief commissioner for Girlguiding North East England at a recent meeting.

Anne, 39, first became involved in guiding when she joined Brownies and has volunteered as an adult ever since, providing amazing opportunities for girls and young women.

Anne, said: “Girlguiding has made me the person I am today, developing me from the seven-year-old who was too shy to speak in front of the other Brownies to the leader and trainer I now am. My highlights from my time with Girlguiding are taking the girls camping and seeing them bond over the time spent together whether that’s a weekend at a local campsite or our week in Iceland last year and being involved with planning large events and working with lots of wonderful people.”

“I’m extremely proud to have received this award. Volunteering for Girlguiding is such a rewarding experience and it’s been wonderful to work with so many young women and girls over the years and see them developing their confidence and skills.”

“Guiding opens up so many fantastic opportunities for girls to grow in confidence and become a powerful force for good in their communities. I would like to dedicate this award to all of the girls I have had the pleasure of knowing.”

Katie, 21, who attended Roundhay Rangers said: “Being a Ranger has really helped boost my confidence and that’s because of volunteers like Anne who is a great leader and has organised lots of exciting activities and trips for our group.”

Leeds county commissioner, Jan Ali, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to Anne, through her roles in her units and at county level she has helped thousands of girls discover new things, make great friends and experience things for the first time. She has endless energy and enthusiasm and is committed to helping each girl to find her voice. In her role as a trainer she has shared her experience with leaders throughout the North East England Region so her good example has spread far and wide.”

By giving just one or two hours a week, volunteers can help local girls and young women  enjoy a wide range of exciting activities, as well as acquire new skills and experiences – and have fun at the same time.

The charity welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities. For more information about volunteering with Girlguiding, visit


Notes to editors:


Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over half a million members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No 306016.