Recognition Adult Members

Girlguiding Thanks Badge & Certificate

Someone who has done something special in a Unit, for a District, Division or County can be presented with a Girlguiding Thanks Badge and certificate.  Any member of Girlguiding can present a Thanks Badge as long as they’ve discussed it with a Leader or Commissioner.   Badges are available from the Girlguiding UK website.   https://www.girlguidingshop.co.uk/quick-shop/ (only available when logged in)

Girlguiding Good Service Brooch & Certificate

This brooch may be given to an adult member of Girlguiding or a branch association for excellent service to guiding. It can be awarded by the County Commissioner (or a higher level):

To be eligible for a Good Service Brooch, the nominee must fulfil one of these criteria:

  • Hold a current member and recognised volunteer card
  • Have completed a role no more than six months before the application is made

The Good service brooch is silver metal with blue enamel and is accompanied by a certificate.

Someone can also be nominated for a Girlguiding Hero Award which can be presented alongside a Thanks or Good Service brooch. 

Girlguiding Lincolnshire South County Imp Award 

This brooch is awarded by the County Awards Committee. To receive an award, the member must be nominated and must not know about the nomination.  Nominations can be sent throughout the year to the Lincolnshire awards committee (awards@gglincssouth.org)  who meet several times a year. Awards are then presented at special County celebrations held twice per year, or more as required. The award is presented in a pouch with a framed certificate.

Girlguiding Anglia Region Award

All applications must be made without the knowledge of the nominee.   

Applications may be made by any Leader, Commissioner or Chairman of Trefoil Guild (where appropriate).  However, they must be forwarded to Girlguiding Anglia by the County Commissioner or Chair of County Awards Committee.

The Anglia Brooch and Certificate is awarded for one or more of the following:

  • Commitment and level of service that has been over and above ‘the call of duty’ in respect of one or more appointments/events within or to Guiding, or The Trefoil Guild.
  • A notable display of mental or physical courage in pain or adversity.
  • A notable display of bravery.
  • A demonstration of initiative and devotion to duty (without risk to their own life).

It is suggested that five supporting letters are included with nominations.  These should outline why the proposed recipient meets the requirements of the award outlined above. For further info go to https://www.girlguiding-anglia.org.uk/resource/anglia-brooch-nomination-form & for help contact awards@gglincssouth.org

Girlguiding Laurel Award

The Laurel Award celebrates exceptional service.

This is an award for an active member of Girlguiding who has made an outstanding contribution to Guiding.

This is Girlguiding’s second-highest honour and as such there are relatively few awards given each year.

The application should reflect the nominee’s outstanding service. Criteria include:

  • Guiding experience – the member should have held a number and variety of roles within their district, division and county or beyond. Within these roles the member should have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and have been an effective team member.
  • Impact – the member should have made a significant contribution to supporting and developing guiding for both girls and adults.
  • Personal attributes – the member should be a person who is respected by their guiding peers and stands out as a positive role model.

An application must:

  • be submitted without the knowledge of the nominee or their family.
  • be accompanied by a fully completed form https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/making-guiding-happen/running-your-unit/managing-your-team/awards-and-recognition/laurel-award/
  • include copy of the member’s Guiding history report.
  • be accompanied by letters of support, no more than eight in total. If possible, the letters should not be repetitive and each should cover a different aspect of the nominee’s service. The letters should mention the supporter’s role/position.
  • have a cover sheet attached to the application, which outlines how each letter of support reflects an aspect of the nominee’s work.

An application for this award may be initiated by any member of Girlguiding. The nomination needs to be discussed with the relevant commissioner.

Completed applications for the Laurel award must be submitted to the relevant Country or Region office for initial consideration and approval. Applications are then submitted to the Girlguiding Awards Committee for the final decision.

The Girlguiding awards committee usually meets twice a year, in spring and autumn. 

 

The Silver Fish Award

This is Girlguiding’s highest honour and, as such, there are few awards given each year.

This award may be given to an outstanding adult member of Girlguiding who has shown that they have had a substantial impact through a variety of roles within the organisation.

The application should reflect the nominee’s exceptional service, across a wide range of levels in Girlguiding. Criteria include:

  • Guiding experience – the member should have held a range of roles in Guiding at District, Division and County levels and beyond. Many applicants will have held national roles or have international Guiding experience but this is not essential. The member should have demonstrated excellent leadership skills and made significant contributions as a team member and leader.
  • Impact – the member should have made a significant contribution to supporting, motivating, nurturing and developing Guiding for both young members and adults. This should be over a range of roles. Please give examples of particular projects or events that demonstrate impact.
  • Personal attributes – the member should be outstanding and an exceptionally high achiever who is always ready to take on a challenge – someone who makes things happen, and who inspires and motivates people.
  • Wider Guiding influence – demonstrate that the nominated member has a clear understanding of the place of Girlguiding within WAGGGS and the world. They will have shared this with other members, young or old, to increase and strengthen guiding relationships across the global community.

An application must:

  • be submitted without the knowledge of the nominee or their family.
  • be accompanied by a fully completed https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/making-guiding-happen/running-your-unit/managing-your-team/awards-and-recognition/silver-fish-award/
  • include a copy of the member’s Guiding history report.
  • be accompanied by letters of support, no more than eight in total. If possible, the letters should not be repetitive and each should cover a different aspect of the nominee’s service. The letters should mention the supporter’s role/position.
  • have a cover sheet attached to the application, which outlines how each letter of support reflects an aspect of the nominee’s work.

An application for this award may be initiated by any member of Girlguiding and the nomination needs to be discussed with the relevant commissioner.

Completed applications for the Silver Fish Award must be submitted to the relevant Country or Region office for initial consideration and approval. Applications are then submitted to the Girlguiding Awards committee for the final decision.

The national Girlguiding Awards Committee usually meets twice a year, in spring and autumn.

For help & support, please contact awards@gglincssouth.org

 

For help and support to nominate someone you know please do contact Janette awards@gglincssouth.org who will be happy to help you. Janette has a wealth of awards committee experience across both County, Region and National level. She is able to help you thank the wonderful volunteers we are so lucky to have across our Lincolnshire South County.

Links for further external awards:

Long Service Awards

Any adult member who volunteers regularly, irrespective of role, gender or age, is eligible for a Long Service Award. Service is counted from the date someone becomes a member, aged 16 or over, and actively carries out a role for 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 years. Years of service don’t have to be consecutive.

The Long service award badges and brooches have different designs, finishes and metals signifying the number of years. All are accompanied by a certificate:

  • 5-year certificate is signed by the County Commissioner
  • 10 and 20-year certificates are signed by the Country or Region Chief Commissioner
  • 30, 40, 50 and 60-year certificates are signed by the Chief Guide

Brooches and badges may be worn on the badge tab or on non-guiding clothing.

Extra woven badges are available to purchase by contacting badgesecretary@gglincssouth.org