Firstly, an update on the conference itself: Today’s work was very much about the future of the Europe Region and of WAGGGS at a global level.
We began with the announcement of the new Chair and Vice-Chair of the Europe Committee. We look forward to working with them and with the rest of the Europe Committee during the next three years.
The first part of the morning was spent in breakout sessions on a variety of topics – Growth, Diversity, Free Being Me, Gendered Leadership. It was wonderful to get an update from the Working Groups and Committee members on the work done and the work yet to be done. Attached is a photo of one of the activities at the Social Entrepreneurship session run by the Danish contingent. It was about seeing what is shared concepts between Guiding and Entrepreneurship. Perhaps this is an area IGG could do more on?
We then had a number of presentations from members of the World Board about the Value of Volunteerism, Voting Procedures and Brand Consultation. They requested the engagement and feedback and it’s great to see the World Board consulting with the Member Organisations in this way and to know the Irish voices can contribute to change.
The Chair and Vice-Chair of the World Board then presented information on Growth and asked us to consider the barriers we have to increasing membership and enabling more and more girls to join Girl Guides.
The delegates then attended a Norwegian evening away from the conference centre. Beautiful scenery, tasty food and wonderful tour guides were provided but alas the rain fell, and fell, and fell! However, the true spirit of Guiding prevailed and the Irish sang and smiled under all challenges!
Lastly, some of you may be wondering about the accommodation on site. The venue is huge and our meager (!) 500 participants have lots of room in this convention centre which can host 5000! It’s beautifully located on the edge of a fjord with rolling hills and forestry surrounding us. Accommodation is provided in small cottages that are like IKEA showrooms! Sleeping arrangements are interesting …. with two beds in a low roofed loft and two of our delegation sharing a small double bed! Guess which two calm, quiet, peaceful members of our delegation are sharing ?!