Trefoil News Spring 2018


Spring 2018

Issue No: 647



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The Executive Committee of the Irish Girl

Guides meets to discuss policy issues and

to ensure the successful running of the

organisation for our members. Below are some

of the decisions made at the December 2017


Congratulations were expressed to the following:


Carina Egan who was elected as Chair of Guide

Branch Committee, with effect from 24 February



Elizabeth Lynch who was re-elected as Regional

Commissioner, North East Region


Áine Divilly who was appointed Assistant Chief

with special responsibility for the voice of young



people in IGG

Claire Colfer who was co-opted to the Executive

Committee as a legal expert

Jenny Gannon who was appointed as Assistant

Chief with special responsibility for support and

training of Leaders

CEO Cookie project

In the month of November 2017, over 31,000 packets

of IGG Cookies were sold raising €30,000 for local

Units which is a great result. A feedback sheet will be

sent to Leaders whose Units took part in the project.

National Office relocation was discussed and the

Executive Committee considered and agreed the

various means proposed by the Finance Committee

to fund the purchase of the new property.

Operational Plan for 2018 was approved and will be


Terms of Reference for two ad-hoc committees (IT

Strategy & Journey Programme interim review) were


Grants and funding

IGG has received funding from the following sources:


Irish Human Rights Equality Scheme to develop

an outreach programme in Mosney Direct

Provision Centre


Trócaire partnership based on the topics of

climate action and justice


Léargas for a project in partnership with the Girl

Guides of Denmark

Code of Ethics training

The Executive Committee decided based on advice

that, as of January 2019, Leaders should take part in

an online Code of Ethics refresher session within five

years of attending and completing the current Code

of Ethics training to ensure they are up to speed on

relevant legislation and good practice.

Website award

Congratulations to all involved in the development of

the new IGG website which won an Eir Spider award.

Accounts section on OGM

Thanks were expressed to the Leaders of 58% of IGG

Units who put their Unit’s accounts information on

OGM in 2017.

Senior Branch shirt

The Executive Committee voted to approve the new

Senior Branch green shirt with a pink logo and the

pink Senior Branch neckerchief with the IGG border.

It was noted that the green shirt will be sold at a

special cost price of €40.

Risk Management Strategy

The Executive Committee reviewed IGG’s Risk

Management Strategy and continue to follow the

suggested mitigations in place to see if risks can be


Joint IGG and CGI training

At a recent CIGA meeting, it was agreed to hold a

one-day training session for Leaders of both IGG

and CGI, on a topic of relevance to members of both




Michelle died suddenly and

unexpectedly on 2 January. She

was fond of using Facebook

and her last post was a wish for

a healthier 2018; unfortunately it

was not to be.

She started with IGG as a

Brownie in Banagher and

continued as a volunteer, a Mum and a staff member.

As North East Regional Development Officer she

provided unwavering support to all our members.

She was always available at the end of a telephone

line to offer any support she could and was indeed a

friend to all.

Michelle loved all aspects of Guiding, volunteered

at all levels, and she had a special fondness for

Ladybirds and for crafts. She will be remembered

for sharing her many ideas at craft trainings, in

newsletters and on Facebook.

Michelle was all about her family, friends and

Guiding. She took personal pride in her three

daughters Denise, Rachel and Laura, and her son

Jason, her Dad who was her rock, and her extended

family both here and in Australia. Life was not always

plain sailing for her, and her health for a number of

years was problematic, but she was always positive,

never complained or allowed things to quell her

indomitable spirit.

Michelle will be sadly missed by her

family and all her sisters in Guiding

all over Ireland, especially in the

North East Region. May she rest in


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Spring 2018 Issue No: 647

News from Executive / In memory of

Michelle Cahalan, North East RDO........................ 2

Contents and Editor’s Note...................................... 3

Trefoil Guild News.......................................................... 4

Message from the Chief Commissioner.............. 5

New Managing Director / New Senior Branch

Shirt...................................................................................... 6

IGG Diary and Noticeboard....................................... 7

IGG in the Media............................................................. 8-9

Good Turn Week 2018................................................. 10

Data Protection and Leader Warrants................ 11

IGG Regional Roadshows........................................... 12

IGG Website...................................................................... 13

Ladybird Resources...................................................... 14-18

New Engineering/STEM Badges............................ 18

Out and About................................................................ 19

Brownie Resources........................................................ 20-24

Connecting for Impact................................................ 25

Guide Resources............................................................. 26-30

MEDI Book Suggestions............................................. 30

Journey Programme Review.................................... 31

Senior Branch Resources........................................... 32-35

International..................................................................... 36-39

Hello everyone,

Editor’s Note...

This spring edition of Trefoil News comes to you with

oodles of activities related to the global Sustainable

Development Goal No. 3, Good Health and Well-being.

You'll also find plenty of suggested activities related to

the Book Lover Interest Badges.

Above: (top) Carmel McSweeney, District

Commissioner in Portlaoise, presenting a 40-year

service pin to Kathleen McEvoy, Leader in Portlaoise

District, on behalf of Eastern Region and (bottom)

'Rainbows' by Dunmanway Brownies.

Published By

Irish Girl Guides, Trefoil House, 27 Pembroke Park,

Dublin 4.

Printed By

Richardson and Watts, 36 Thornville Park, Raheny,

Dublin 5.

The Editorial Team of Trefoil News reserves the right

to edit material submitted.


Submit your articles, photos or queries to

We introduce Suzanne Smith, the new Managing Director

at IGG; the new Senior Branch shirt, available now; and

the new Engineering and STEM Interest Badges. We

bring you Margery Godinho's report from Bali; tips on

how to get your Unit into the newspapers; and the latest

top travel apps.

Read details of upcoming events including Go Global

on 21 April, Good Turn Week 2018 and the IGG Regional


Finally, as a member of staff with IGG, I invite you to

read the thoughtful words of Elizabeth Lynch and Olwyn

Williamson about a fellow member of staff, Michelle

Cahalan, who has 'gone home' since early January.

Michelle will be remembered by all of us.


a) IGG Regional Roadshows

b) 2018 IGG Letter of Indemnity

Claire de Jong

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World Conference

of the International

Scout and Guide


Bali, Indonesia, October 2017

ISGF, the international organisation of Trefoil Guilds

and Scout Fellowships hold a world conference every

three years. When I heard that in 2017 it was to be held

in Bali, I wanted to go. Luckily, since I’m secretary of

FIGS (Fellowship of Irish Guides and Scouts), attending

conferences is part of my role.

On 8 and 9 October 280 people from

47 countries descended on a big hotel

beside a beach in Bali, despite the

rumbling of a volcano which made a few

nervous of travelling. Seán Farrell (FIGS

Chair) and I were the Irish delegates.

The theme of the conference was ‘hand

in hand across the world’. One of the

outcomes was the Bali Declaration on

Intercultural Dialogue (for information

see The workshops,

which resulted in the Declaration,

were very interesting and a good

example of the difficulties and

misunderstandings that can arise

between people with different

languages, cultures and religions.

Behind the superficial differences,

however, people are fundamentally the

same, especially when we share the

common background of Guiding and


A number of countries had

opportunities to tell us about

their activities. A simple idea

from a small Guild in Germany

was to explore other religions,

visit their places of worship and

to get to know some of them.

A bigger project was funded

by ISGF members and involved

helping to rebuild an orphanage

in Haiti after the earthquake.

I had attended other ISGF

events and so there were quite

a few familiar

faces. Getting

to know people

from all over

the world is a

major benefit

of attending an


event. It’s easy

to sit down with

people you know

at a meal or at break time but it’s important to talk to

others too. The social events at the conference were

the chance to do this. One event was an international

evening when delegates were asked to wear national

dress and to bring some food and drink from their

country to share.

It’s difficult to come up with an Irish

national costume (the Aran sweater is not

suited to a tropical climate!) so I made

one up wearing a pashmina scarf with the

Book of Kells design and a headband with

an Aran pattern that I had knitted. For Irish

food we had brown bread and cheese, Irish

whiskey toffees and Coole Swan cream

liqueur, which proved very popular. Each

country also had small items to sell to raise

funds for less well-off members of ISGF.

Trefoil Guild members around Ireland had

made attractive things for us to sell; their

efforts were much appreciated.

Apart from being a popular tourist

destination, Bali is an interesting country

with very friendly people. Scouting is a

mixed organisation there. It’s very strong

and the conference was supported by

lots of Indonesian volunteers who were

very efficient and helped everything

to run smoothly. In contrast to the rest

of Indonesia, the main religion in Bali

is Hinduism and it plays an important

part of daily life. Everywhere you see

people making ‘offerings’ made of palm

leaves and flowers. Music and dance

also play a significant part of Balinese

culture and we were entertained with

performances during the conference.

One of the advantages of being a

member of ISGF is that their events

are open to all Trefoil Guild members;

you don’t have to be specially

selected. In 2018 there will be Regional

‘Gatherings’ (informal

social events). The

one nearest to Ireland

is in Eastbourne,

on the south coast

of England, and

bookings are open

now. If anyone would

like information on

this, drop me a line

at marge.godinho@

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From the Chief


Dear Fellow Leader,

Happy World Thinking Day! I love this time of year when we focus on our wider Guiding family and

our 10 million sister-Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. It really is a special feeling to think we

are part of a movement in 150 different countries with girls and women creating responsible global

citizens. I know the experience of worldwide Guiding has had an impact on who I am, and I hope it

does the same for you.

I have been very fortunate to avail of a number of opportunities in the Irish Girl Guides, many of

which have brought me to other countries to work with other Guides. My first such experience was

as a Guide when my Leader, Nonie Hickey, took us to the Isle of Man. Nonie has recently retired from

that Guide Unit and I would like to thank her for giving me my first international Guiding experience,

along with all the other wonderful opportunities she has given girls and women in Barna during

her 35 years at the helm! Every journey begins with a single step…. and that trip was my first step

overseas with IGG.

In the mid 1990s, I was fortunate to volunteer with Jan Bartlett in the Republic of Georgia as we

helped them to establish their Girl Guide movement after the fall of Communism. I learnt so much

from Jan about travel, people, culture and Guiding that the travel bug had well and truly bitten and I

went back six times!

In 1998, I was asked by Diane Dixon to go on an organising committee for a seminar in Jerusalem

and I happily packed my bags and headed for Israel; only to have my bags unpacked numerous

times by their high security! The event involved two visits to Jerusalem that year and an amazing

experience with people from 25 different nationalities visiting the Wailing Wall, the Sea of Galilee and

Nazareth. It was really special to be with a group of Guide Leaders from different religions, different

backgrounds, different languages, but all with a similar belief in the Guiding ethos.

I won’t go on and on about my Guiding travels and adventures (and mishaps!), except to encourage

you as a Leader to get a taste for the international flavour of the Girl Guides. If you haven’t signed

up for our international Leaders’ Fun Challenge Weekend, email and see if

places are still available.

The fun and camaraderie that existed at Branch Weekend in Athlone was fabulous and I hope the

same vibe will travel on our Leaders’ weekend abroad! I thank all of you who attended Branch

Weekend, trained, facilitated and especially those who organised the weekend. It was an inspiring

start to spring and a great way to get us geared up for the term ahead.

As the evenings lengthen and the mornings brighten, I wish you and your Unit lots of fun outdoors

this spring.

Yours in Guiding,


Helen Concannon

Chief Commissioner

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New Managing Director at IGG

Hello everyone,

My name is Suzanne Smith and I’m

delighted to be warmly welcomed

as the new IGG Managing Director.

You may be curious to know a little

about me as I am not a Girl Guide,

so you will not know my name


My background is in corporate

business and in the relocation

industry. I moved company

employees and their families from

one side of the planet to the other

and settled them into their new


My most recent development was establishing an

EMEA headquarters in Dublin for a large US-based

company. I managed a team of people based in

the US and Dublin and oversaw all aspects of the

business and its growth during my tenure. I hope to

bring my experience from a corporate background

and adapt it to a charity organisation as well

as bring a fresh pair of eyes to the operational

structure of IGG.

I am now immensely proud to be part of an historic

and highly regarded organisation such as the Irish

Girl Guides. Youth organisations, such as IGG, are

more important today than ever. Through our

dedicated volunteer base, we can teach young girls

real values that will last a life-time and

will ensure their future confidence in

an ever-changing world. The soft skills

that are not taught in the classroom are

some of the most important life drivers

that young girls need today; skills such

as leadership, creative thinking, healthy

lifestyle, community care, friendship,

teamwork etc. In my opinion, the key

skills for a healthy approach to life. I

believe everything else can be taught

but skills such as these are only found in

caring organisations and IGG is a shining

example of this. The principles we teach

our girls are shared by our international

counterparts and, together, provide the

young women of the early 21st century

the tools to carve their success as global citizens

and pass these lifetime skills to their daughters and


Author, Entrepreneur, Businessperson and Activist

Sheryl Sandberg sums it up best when she says “In

the future, there will be no female leaders. There will

be just leaders.”

I sincerely look forward to meeting with you all in

due course and to learning from your extensive


*fun fact: When I met Linda Peters for the first time

it transpired we grew up on the same road but we

never knew each other!




After a lengthy process of consultation and

consideration, we now have a gorgeous,

bottle green Senior Branch shirt available in

the IGG Distribution Centres. The shirts are

€40 each and look very smart with the fab

new Senior Branch necker.

Note that this is an optional part of the

Senior Branch uniform and can be worn for

formal occasions. You can visit to check

out other details about the Senior Branch


Always wear your uniform with pride!

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FEBRUARY 22 World Thinking Day and A-wear-ness Day

24 NPT meeting

MARCH 1 World Book Day

2 Deadline for Ladybird mural competition entries

3 World Wildlife Day

8 International Women's Day

11 Mother's Day

17 Saint Patrick's Day

APRIL 1 Easter Sunday

7 Executive meeting / Council meeting

8 Management Day

21 Go Global

23-30 National Good Turn Week

28 Brownie Quiz final

30 Deadline for Camp Chief applications

AUGUST 6-18 Polish National Jamboree in Gdańsk














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World Thinking Day


Available at Distribution


Only €1 each!

Don' forget to send your

World Thinking Day and

A-wear-ness Day photos to



If you have Leaders who are no

longer able to attend regular

meetings, they can change their

role to a Unit Helper. This way

they can help on an occasional

basis, if required, and their Garda

Vetting will stay active.

On OGM, their record must be transferred from the Leader

Section to the Unit Helper Section and their role changed to

Unit Helper. Can you please also untick to receive Trefoil News

and the Weekly Email on their record. Thank you.

Dear Leaders,

To link in with our

Gold Q-Mark in Health

Promotion, have you looked at the Voices

Against Violence badge from WAGGGS

for all age groups lately?


Why not consider running the

programme with your Units?

Be sure to read through the Leaders’

Handbook first for information, ideas and

safety advice.

Note: Around 1 in 5 children in Europe is a victim of

some form of sexual violence. It is estimated that in

70-85% of cases, the abuser is somebody the child

knows and trusts. (Council of Europe, 2012, http://

Contact if you

have any queries.


IGG in the Media

IGG in the Media

Making the Headlines...

Letting their hair down (at the panto) - Dublin Gazette, 30 November

Ballygarrett Guides put their business skills to the test - Gorey Guardian, 5 December

Guides honoured for helping the community - Dublin Gazette City edition, 7 December

Lily Guides share food - Kildare Nationalist, 12 December

Girl Guides visit the great outdoors - Irish Mountain Log magazine, 15 December

Hour of code for Girl Guides - Longford Leader, 15 December

Get yourself in the papers!

It’s always great to see coverage of IGG in

the media! Local papers love receiving good

news stories so do, please, be sure to send

photos and press releases to them. These

could be of a fun or interesting activity, a hike,

a special event, or a community initiative, like

a bake sale or a litter pick. Perhaps you could

aim to do this, say, once a term?

photo speaks more than a thousand

A words! A few members looking excited

or engrossed in an activity makes for a more

interesting picture than a large posed group.

Always send high quality photos of girls in

full uniform with the modern logo. Be sure to

send a caption with the photo, saying which

Unit is in the photo and what the activity/

event is. If there are only 3 or 4 girls in the

photo, the newspaper will want their names.

Be sure too that the girls’ parents/guardians

have signed the Personal Registration Form

giving permission for photos to be sent to

local papers.

Don’t forget to

encourage everyone

to wear their IGG

uniform to school/

college/work on

A-wear-ness Day

(22 Feb) and send

a photo to your

local papers!

It is fine to send a photo and caption on their

own but, if there is more to say than will fit

in a one-sentence caption, be sure to send

a press release with the photo too. It just

needs to be a few paragraphs covering the

who, what, when, where, why and how of the


We recommend that you end every press

release with the line, “Irish Girl Guides

welcomes new members from age five and

volunteer Leaders from age 18. To find out

more, see” You might

like to include your telephone number too.

Local radio stations also love to hear what

local community groups are up to, so do

send them press releases from time to time


We know we are a fantastic organisation

that offers girls an opportunity to

develop confidence and new friendships

while having fun and gaining a wide range of

valuable life skills … Let’s not be shy in letting

everyone else know! Appearing in local media

not only promotes a positive image of IGG

in our local communities, but is also a way of

attracting new members of all ages.

If you need any assistance, or have any

queries about contacting your local media,

please don’t hesitate to contact IGG’s

Communications Officer, Fiona Murdoch,

at or by

phoning 01 6683898.

We always love to hear what you’re up

to too, so keep sharing your news and

photos with us on our social media and by

emailing and

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.....and on Twitter.....


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National Good Turn Week 2018

84,000 Good Turns across Ireland in one week!

IGG’s National Good Turn Week will take place 23-30 April 2018 and we are asking all

Units to get involved. With our 12,000 members doing a Good Turn each day for one

week, our communities will benefit from each of us giving something back in kindness.

A good turn is a kind act to help another person

without being asked and without receiving payment

for it. Good turns are at the heart of what Girl

Guiding is about - Brownies promise to do a Good

Turn every day and the rest of us can join in and

really make a difference to the people in our lives.

It doesn’t matter what the Good Turn is – tidying

the house (without being asked!), picking up

litter, helping someone in the playground, visiting

someone in the community, buying someone a

coffee, listening to a friend in need, supporting a

charity – once it’s something kind for someone

else. Focusing on Good Turns helps us to see

opportunities in everyday life and to become active


Since Good Turn week falls within An Taisce’s Spring

Clean month, getting involved in cleaning up our

own communities would help fulfil a Good Turn for

one day that week.

Promoting Good Turn Week in 2016

The last time we ran National Good Turn Week,

we encouraged Units to learn the Good Turn song.

Mullagh Brownies did an excellent version which

you can check out here:


We hope National Good Turn Week will have a

hugely positive benefit on families and communities

and that by the end of the week we will have

touched many lives across the country.

In 2016, Anastasia,

a Brownie, aged 10, said:

"National Good Turn Week means

to me the opportunity to help in my

community and to show how kind

and helpful everyone can be without

expecting anything in return."

Of course, you don’t have to be an IGG member to

do a Good Turn, and we hope that thousands of

people throughout Ireland will join us in doing their

bit. We ask everyone to share their kind acts on

social media using the hashtag #GoodTurns.

Good Turn Song

(Tune: Keep the Home Fires Burning)

Do a Good Turn daily,

Pin your smile on bravely,

Keep your Promise truly,

And have fun in IGG!

Wear your uniform neatly,

Live the Law completely,

Do a Good Turn daily,

And a Brownie* be!

(*insert Ladybird or Girl Guide or Senior Brancher

instead of Brownie)


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The General Data Protection

Regulation (GDPR) will come

into effect on 25 May 2018 and

will replace the existing Irish

Data Protection Acts. This is a

European Union regulation that

has been designed to strengthen

and unify data protection within

the EU. The GDPR will harmonise

data protection practices

across the EU and emphasises

transparency, security and

accountability by data controllers

and processors, while at the

same time standardising and

strengthening the right of

European citizens to privacy of

their personal data.

Warrants issued between

28 November 2017 and 23 January 2018

Data Protection Update

Data protection is essentially

about the protection of the

personal data of individuals

and applies equally to personal

data held in both manual and

automated format. While IGG

has ultimate responsibility for

compliance, all those who collect

and process personal data

on behalf of IGG i.e. staff and

Leaders, need to be aware of

their responsibilities under the


Irish Girl Guides’ policies

and related Data Protection

statements provide a structure

in which Guiding can take

place safely, consistently and in

accordance with legislation.

Policies must be followed by

Irish Girl Guides’ members and

staff. These policy statements are

supported by further information

and resources to ensure that

our members put the policies

into practice when processing

personal data. IGG has developed

guidelines to assist Leaders in

managing the personal data they

have access to and/or process

in a compliant manner. These

guidance notes can be found

under Appendix 1 of the OGM

User Manual.

Further information on Data

Protection can also be found

in chapter 2 of the OGM User

Manual and on the IGG website.

Assistant Leader Warrants

Name Unit Region

Camilla O'Brien Bumble Bee Brownies Mid West

Name Unit Region

Yvonne Barry Bumble Bee Brownies Mid West

Margaret Russell


Congratulations to all

new IGG Leaders!!

Check out Leading the Way - available in the Leaders’

area of the IGG website, under ‘Publications’. Assistant

Leaders will find guidance on becoming a fully

warranted Leader, and Leaders will find guidance on

further training options for up-skilling, for keeping upto-date,

and for networking with other Leaders.

Leader Warrants

Knocklong Brownies

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Mid West

Julie O'Donnell Knocklong Ladybirds Mid West

Niamh Raleigh Knocklong Ladybirds Mid West

Fiona Guinan Slievebloom Ladybirds Mid West

Katrina Saich Galtee Guides South West

Breda Walsh Kinsale Guides South West

Anne Collins Kinsale Senior Branch South West

Nadine McCarthy Ballybough Brownies Eastern

Laura Pentony Edenderry Brownies Eastern

Mhairi Nicoll Greystones Guides Eastern

Aoife Tierney Greystones Guides Eastern

Sinead Acres Rathfarnham Guides Eastern

Sarah Boylan River Valley Brownies Eastern

Aisling Murphy Tullow Guides Eastern

Sarah O'Leary Bumble Bee Brownies Mid West

Lorraine Houlihan Knocklong Brownies Mid West

Catherine Russell Knocklong Ladybirds Mid West

Bernadette Kelleher Morning Star Ladybirds Mid West

Fiona Guinan Slievebloom Ladybirds Mid West

Aislinn Cosgrove St. Bridget's Guides Mid West

Edel Kirwan St. Bridget's Guides Mid West

Aisling Ryan Thurles Ladybirds Mid West

Sarah Browne Convoy Ladybirds North West

Zara Hyndman Manorcunningham Ladybirds North West

Linda Aldworth Bride Valley Ladybirds South West

Michelle Bowen Bride Valley Ladybirds South West

Jennifer Rea Bride Valley Ladybirds South West

Geraldine Kelly Kinsale Brownies South West

Maria Creedon Kinsale Guides South West

Helen Hickey Kinsale Ladybirds South West

Sarah Conroy Realt Na Mara Guides South West

Laura McSweeney Siamsa Brownies South West

Olive Howe St. Peter's Guides South West

Louise Cahill Ballybough Brownies Eastern

Sarah Connolly Griffeen Valley Brownies Eastern

Erin McElwee Griffeen Valley Brownies Eastern

Cliona Woods Griffeen Valley Brownies Eastern

Ciara Morgan Rathfarnham Ladybirds Eastern

Jessica Prendiville Sallins Ladybirds Eastern

Aisling Murphy Tullow Guides Eastern






The 17 Regional Roadshows

will be held at venues all

around Ireland in April and

May to discuss what Leaders’

responsibilities are in relation

to the Charities Act and the

new Charities Regulatory

Authority. The full list of dates

and venues, and information

on how to book your place, is on the enclosed letter

with this Trefoil News.




As a registered charity, Irish Girl Guides must

comply with certain legal regulations. Since we

collect money from the public in the form of fees,

subs, fundraising, donations, grants, etc. we must

comply with the Charities Act in full. The Executive

Committee has decided to share this information

with Leaders at local level through a series of 17


It is very important that at least one Leader

from every Unit attends one of the Roadshows

– whichever one is most convenient to you. As

an organisation that is 107 years old, IGG has

developed very robust and transparent practices

and this meeting will explore how best to

communicate that to the Charities Regulator and

the general public.

There will be lots of freebies, chat, updates on

activities and plans for the future. During the

meeting you will also have the opportunity to

feed back what support and training you require

to undertake your role and this will help form the

Regional plan for your locality.

For further information, see the enclosed letter or email

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Irish Girl Guides Website

The new website was viewed 199,602

times from its launch in June until the

end of 2017. October was the month

with the most views - 35,663.

The average length of time spent

on the website was 4 minutes

and the average number of pages

visited was 4.75.

85.18% of visitors were

from Ireland, 4.78%

from the UK and 2.96%

from the US.

The website serves two purposes – to provide information for the public and to provide resources for the

members. There are two areas: public (with a pink band across the top) and Leaders (with a purple band across

the top). The Leaders’ area is password protected and all Leaders, Trefoil Guild and Senior Branch members can

get the password from their Commissioner, RDO, or by contacting National Office. The Leaders’ area includes the

IGG Handbook, Leaders’ resources like Code of Ethics, Leading the Way, Safety Guidelines, Trefoil News, necessary

forms and information on international opportunities.

The menu is available by clicking on the ‘burger’ symbol at the top right-hand corner.

The public area menu has the following categories:

Direct link to the new

shop page which

has new images and


The new Parent Page has the Parent

Consent Form, information on

uniforms and the letter for parents

of Senior Branch members.

A list of useful Guiding

terms and acronyms.

The new Unit Locator enables the public to see

if there is a Unit close to them and is done by

county. Exact details of meeting places are not

displayed for child protection reasons.

This section on governance and policies outlines our structure

and the IGG Constitution and Bye-Laws. It also provides

important information such as our Annual Reports and copies of

our annual audited accounts, which our donors and government

departments look for regularly. It is important that these are

available publicly as we are a registered charity.

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Dear Leaders,

Thank you to all the Units who have

submitted their applications to our

Trefoil Mosaic Competition. Winners will

be notified soon and names will feature

in the next edition of Trefoil News.

In this edition, we will be offering some

ideas to help you cover the topic of

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We have been given permission from

the author of a book about SDGs, ‘How

do you wrap that?’, to re-print the book

in Ireland for Irish Girl Guides. Each

Unit will receive a copy that will help

you to address the topic of SDGs with


We have also given you some ideas

for Mother’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day



Pin Cushion or

Essential Oil



• Lid from a coffee jar

• Wadding/stuffing from an old cushion

• Pieces of old material cut into squares

• Glue dots


1. Place the wadding into the lid of the coffee jar.

2. Cover the wadding with a square of material.

3. Use glue dots to stick the material to the inside of the coffee jar lid.

4. This craft can either be used as a pin cushion or you can add a

couple of drops of lavender oil or other essential oils.

Ladybird Branch

Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday 11 March we have

featured some craft ideas on this page to show all the

wonderful Mammies or Grannies how much each Ladybird

loves and appreciates them.

“Mothers hold their children's hands for a short

while, but their hearts forever.” - Unknown

Mother’s Day Card


• Paper

• Heart template x 6 for each Ladybird (full

size template available on OGM)

• Red card

• Yellow card

• Ribbon

• Glue

• Markers/colouring


• Scissors


• Print and cut out a heart template for

each Ladybird.

• Fold the template along the dotted


• In each ‘4 leaf clover’ draw something

nice or write a nice little message.

• Fold the clovers up until you have

them in a heart shape and place each

heart one on top of the other.

• Glue one side of each heart and stick

it to another heart until you have a

string of hearts together.

• Trace the heart shapes onto red card

and cut it out ensuring you have two,

one for the front and one for the


• Apply glue all over the white heart shape, top and back, one at a time.

• Place a string of ribbon across the centre of the heart (don’t cut the ribbon

just yet).

• Place the red heart on top.

• Cut the ribbon (leave enough that it can be tied in a bow).

• You can leave the heart as is or add a smaller heart inside the heart using a different colour.

• You can add a message on the cover.

• Tie the ribbon and you are done!


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Spiral Snakes

(The ones St. Patrick drove out of



• Card/paper


• Green paint/



• Scissors

• Googly eyes

• String

• Snake template

(available on



1. If you are using a paper plate you will need to

trace out the spiral based on the template.

2. Using the green paint, colouring pencils or

crayons let the Ladybirds design their snake

as they see fit.

3. Cut out the spiral ensuring there is enough

room at the top for the snake’s head.

4. Stick on the googly eyes, attach the string

and your snakes are good to go.



Easter Wreath


• Coloured card

• White card

• Oval/egg shape template

• Glue

• Glue dots

• Ribbon

• Scissors

• Stickers (optional)


1. Cut the inner circle from the paper plate,

leaving the outer portion intact.

2. Trace the oval or egg template onto the card.

3. Let the Ladybirds design Easter-themed

eggs on the white card.

4. Cut the eggs from the card and glue onto the

back of the paper plate wreath.

5. Cut a piece of ribbon, make a bow, use a glue

dot, and attach to the top of the wreath.

6. Cut another piece of ribbon, form a loop,

use a glue dot, and attach to the back of the


7. Hang and enjoy for Easter.

Book Loving with Ladybirds

As Ladybird Leaders, you all know that the current

Ladybird programme does not have a Book Lover

Interest Badge (soon to come we hope!). In the

meantime, here are some suggestions for your Unit to

take part in the Book Lover theme of this edition.

We suggest reading the following three books and

accompanying them with a craft:




Princess and the Pea – make a crown with the


Rapunzel – show the Ladybirds how to plait

Three Little Pigs - make a book mark with the


Story time ideas....

1. Why not have a

story night and let

the girls dress up

e.g. for Princess

and the Pea they

could dress up as

a princess.

2. Find out about

your local library and attend a story time.

3. Ask the Ladybirds to make up a limerick starting

with "There once was a Ladybird called ......."

All these activities could be done in one meeting or

over a few weeks and you could consider giving the

Ladybirds a certificate.

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The Sustainable Development

Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17

universal goals and targets

adopted by 193 UN member

states on 25 September 2015

that outline a vision for the future

for people and the planet. Each

goal has specific targets to be

achieved over the next 15 years.

For the goals to be reached,

everyone needs to do their part:

governments, the private sector,

civil society and people like you.

Special Focus:




Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being


When people are in good health, societies prosper. While a lot has been

done to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

in recent years, real progress can only be achieved when everyone,

including women and children, have access to good health care.

To learn more about this Goal download the App ‘SDGs in Action’ or

visit the following link:


Aim of the following activities:

1. To introduce the SDG Goal 3 to Ladybirds and to show how they can help to achieve this goal.

2. To learn about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet and exercising


3. To begin to bring in the international aspect of healthcare and well-being.


nts are small,

thing for all?

g the break dancing tigers

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r and protect our earth –

e that?

y to discover the 17 most

able Development Goals.

ow Do You Wrap That? is

e-makers in your life and

nsform our world.

Written by Erin Wicking

Illustrated by Olivia Moore


The storybook and cartoon character

posters take Ladybirds on a journey

to discover the 17 most precious gifts

in the world - the United Nations

Sustainable Development Goals. Full

of whimsical rhymes and engaging

illustrations, How Do You Wrap That?

is the perfect way for you to empower

the Ladybirds and to help them to

become the generation who transform

our world.


• How Do You Wrap

That? storybook

(sent to Units mid

to late February


• 17 SDG squad



1. Read the story to the Ladybirds.

2. Introduce the SDG squad (posters), a unique set

of 17 cartoon characters who represent each of the


3. The characters will help Ladybirds to learn about

issues central to the SDGs.

4. Ask the Ladybirds which goal they would choose to

give the world?

5. Chat about how by making the smallest change

each of the Ladybirds can be a part of making the

world a happier, healthier place for everyone.

Source: How Do You Wrap That? was reproduced by IGG with

the permission of the author, Erin Wicking -

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To show how germs are passed on by airborne/touch method.


• Face template

(available on OGM)

• Clean spray bottle

• Craft knife

• Tissues

• Sellotape

• Laminator

• Sneezy story (see below)

• Photocopy ‘Cover your Sneeze’ picture per Ladybird (available on OGM)

• Colouring pencils/crayons


To make Sneezy:

1. Print the face and laminate.

2. Over the nose of the picture, lightly draw a square.

3. Mark the diagonals (The diagonals need to be the same length as the

diameter of the back end of spray nozzle).

4. Start cutting by making a small cut from centre.

5. Push spray nozzle through the diagonal cutting and adjust the length

so that the spray nozzle is snug with the picture.

6. Add a little tape on the back to secure it to the nozzle.

7. Read the story (see below).

8. Give each Ladybird a ‘Cover your Sneeze’ picture to colour in.

Source: Original idea found on

SNEEZY STORY (adapted for Ladybird Units)

Sneezy caught a cold and came to Ladybirds.

As she walked in the door, she greeted Cochinella.

“Ahhh-choo! Hiya Cochinella” she said (spray the Ladybirds).

Sneezy sat down for news time next to ___________ (name a


“Ahhh-ahhh, choooo” (spray the Ladybird).

The Ladybirds went out to the yard to skip.

The wind tickled Sneezy’s nose.

“Ahhhh-ahhhhh-ahhhh, chooooo” (spray the sneeze in an arch

over all the Ladybirds).

Cochinella noticed that Sneezy had a bright red nose when the

skipping was over.

Cochinella taught the Ladybirds how important it is to cover

our sneezes by using a tissue or an arm or elbow.

Sneezy tried using a tissue for the next sneeze.

“Ahhh-ahhh, choo” (cover the spray bottle nose and spray).

It worked!

Sneezy felt another sneeze coming, she reached for her arm.

“Ahhh-ahhh, choooo” (cover spray bottle nozzle with your arm).

This worked too!


‘good health

and well-being’


1) On page 22 in this


The Handwashing


Reminds the girls that they

must wash their hands and

do it properly with soap.

From this day on, Sneezy tries her best to cover her coughs and


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Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being




1. With everyone sitting in a circle, ask the Ladybirds the questions below and allow them to discuss their

answers. This discussion will help the girls to understand happy and sad feelings.

2. If the group is too big, divide into the appropriate age groups.

How do you feel when a person.....

• says a nice thing about you

• hugs you when you are sad

• is kind

• makes you laugh

• shares their toys

• makes you feel safe

• helps you solve your problems

• is honest and always tells the truth

• cares about your feelings

• makes you sad

• talks about others behind their back

• laughs at you when you make a mistake

• says mean things to hurt other people’s feelings

• does not listen when you have something to say

• tells you what to do and is bossy

• tells lies

• makes you feel bad about yourself

• hurts other people’s feelings

Badge link: Interest Badge Ladybird Healthy Mind Option 4.


IGG have two new Interest Badges which were launched

at Branch Weekend in Athlone on 10 February: Brownie

Engineering and Guide Engineering.

The syllabus for each badge will be printed in the summer

edition of Trefoil News and is already available on OGM.

We look forward to receiving your photos of your Units

undertaking the new Journey Programme engineering







STEM Interest


Ladybird Leaders had a great

time at Branch weekend

developing the syllabus and the

design for the Ladybird STEM


Ladybird Branch wish to thank

Sharon Flynn for leading the


Details will follow in summer

edition of Trefoil News.

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As part of the Ladybird Active Body Badge,

Fuschia Ladybirds and Saoirse Senior

Branch went bowling. The two winners were

Emily Merriman and Rachel Gorman.



Current and former IGG Leaders celebrating

40 years of Guiding in Portlaoise.

Back row L to R: Judy Comer, Maeve Jacobs, Marie O’Reilly

and Margaret Carroll.

Front row L to R: Margaret Ryan, Kathleen McEvoy (current

Leader), Joan McEvoy and Maureen Clooney (current Leader).




The Patrol

Leaders and

Assistant Patrol

Leaders of

Lucan Guides

planning the

programme for

the first term of



Silver Birch Brownies, Clones, Co Monaghan with the cast from the Christmas panto,

Sleeping Beauty, in Armagh Theatre.

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Hold a story-telling session in the library or ask a local story-teller to

come to your Brownie meeting to share some fairy tales and/or poetry.


from Around

the World

Books used:

Stories to Solve by George Shannon

More Stories to Solve by George Shannon

Still Stories to Solve by George



• pencil

• paper

• photocopies of world map


• country souvenirs (optional)


The Stories to Solve series by

George Shannon is a fun way

to introduce children to different countries. Each

short folktale (average six paragraphs) ends with

a word puzzle that challenges children to think

outside the box to solve a mystery.



• Card

• Markers/paint/crayons

• Scissors

• Template of bookmark

• Ribbon

Make a



1. Copy template picture on to

card, 1 per Brownie (available

to download from OGM).

2. Using markers/paint/crayons,

each Brownie colours in their


3. Using scissors trim around

the edge. Brownies may need

help with this.

4. Punch a hole in the top of each finished

bookmark and add a ribbon.


1. Indicate on a map the country of origin of the

tale you are going to tell.

2. Displaying hats, flags, or other items from the

country adds another dimension.

3. Share interesting gestures, social customs,

eating habits, etc. which can be obtained from

4. Read the story aloud to the girls.

5. Then split them up into Sixes.

6. In their Sixes ask them to work together to

solve each mystery.

7. Provide each Six with a pencil, paper and a

copy of the story.

8. Some of the stories lend themselves to a visual

solution. For those tales, make copies of the

‘answer’ illustration from the book and cut

each one into small squares.

9. Give each Six a set of squares to assemble to

solve the puzzle.


Another book lover idea...

Badge link: Brownie Book Lover No. 4

Button Craft for Mother’s Day


• Buttons

• Glue

• Marker/pen

• Small canvas (per Brownie)

• Heart template (available on OGM)

• Enough card to cut out a heart shape

for each Brownie


1. Draw a heart shape on each Brownie’s canvas.

2. Brownies stick buttons down around the heart

shape using glue.

3. Cut out a small heart-shaped piece from card for

each Brownie.

4. Ask Brownies to write their message on the piece of


5. Brownies glue their message in the centre of the

large heart.

Visit your local library or a visiting mobile library in your area. Ask in

advance if your Unit can pay a visit.

Poem/story books to consider include:

• Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems by Francisco X. Alarcon

• Neighborhood Odes by Gary Soto

• A Suitcase of Seaweed and Other Poems by Janet S. Wong.

Source: Pinterest

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Easter Chicks


• Cardboard

• Yellow wool

• Orange card

• Googly eyes

• Scissors and glue


1. Cut out 3 egg shapes from your

cardboard, about 4” tall but they don’t

have to be exact.

2. Carefully put glue on the end of your

wool at the back of the cardboard egg

and begin wrapping it around the egg,

up and down, side to side, until the egg is completely covered.

3. Cut out a small diamond from your orange card and glue to the centre of your


4. Then cut out two little feet from your orange card and glue to the bottom at the

back of your chick.

5. Now glue 2 googly eyes above the beak and your chick is complete.



World Wildlife Day

3 March 2018


• Plastic bottles (1 per Brownie)

• Brown paper bags

• Scissors

• Ruler

• Pencils

• Tape or glue

• Roll of twine


1. Wash out and dry the

bottle thoroughly.

2. Cut the bottle to where it widens.

3. Cut approximately 30 rectangular pieces (2”

width x whatever length your bottle is*) from

your paper shopping bag. These don’t have to be

perfect. Just quickly use a ruler to measure and

draw some and then cut them out with scissors.

*Note: check that length will fit into your

bottle without sticking out. Just cut 6 strips

shorter or longer to account for the raised

section in the centre of the bottle.

4. Roll each piece of paper around a pencil to create

a ‘straw’ shape. Remove from pencil. If you want

your ‘straw’ a bit tighter, re-roll the now curved

piece using your fingers. You can use a small bit

of tape or glue to secure at the midpoint. The

‘straws’ do not all need to be the same diameter.

Have fun mixing it up!

5. Insert each of your paper bag ‘straws’ into the

bottle until the space is completely filled.

6. Use string or twine to hang your bottle with. Most

bottles have grooves in them that are perfect for

securing your string in place.

7. Hang in a sunny spot in your garden, somewhere

where it will not move around, and preferably

facing the East to catch the morning sun, and

wait for your winged guests to arrive!

Remember: This is not a honey bee hive. Its intention

is for solitary bees and ladybirds.

Source: 2 Paws Designs Sarah Goggins

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The Sustainable Development

Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17

universal goals and targets

adopted by 193 UN member

states on 25 September 2015

that outline a vision for the future

for people and the planet. Each

goal has specific targets to be

achieved over the next 15 years.

For the goals to be reached,

everyone needs to do their part:

governments, the private sector,

civil society and people like you.

Special Focus:




Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being


When people are in good health, societies prosper. While a lot has been

done to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

in recent years, real progress can only be achieved when everyone,

including women and children, have access to good health care.

To learn more about this Goal download the App ‘SDGs in Action’ or

visit the following link:


Aim of the following activities:

1. To introduce the SDG Goal 3 to Brownies and to show how they can help to achieve this goal.

2. To learn about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet and exercising


3. To begin to bring in the international aspect of healthcare and well-being.



• Photocopy hand-wash poster

(available to download from OGM)

• Soap

• Kitchen roll

• Sink

• Colouring pencils/markers

• A4 white card per Brownie


Remind the girls that they must wash their

hands and do it properly with soap.


• Brownies learn to sing the hand-washing


• A Leader demonstrates proper handwashing

technique (see hand-wash


• If girls wash their hands with soap and

water during the time it takes to sing this

song, then they will have cleaned

them well!

• Brownies practice washing

their hands while singing the


In addition:

• Each Brownie makes a poster to highlight

the importance of washing your hands

and displays it in a bathroom.


Discuss the importance to our

health of washing our hands.

Discuss the importance of good

hygiene, in the home, at school,

and at your meeting place.

Sources: IGG GAT Pack and

Badge links: Interest Badge Brownie Healthy Body

No. 3; Investigate Compulsory Challenge

No. 10 Lifeskills

Hand-washing Song

(Tune: row, row, row your boat)

Wash, wash, wash your hands,

Play our handy game,

Rub and scrub, scrub and rub,

Germs go down the drain HEY!

(x2 times)

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• 36 sheets of card (mixed colours)

• Photocopy game (see screenshot of one

page below; available to download from


• Laminator (optional)

• Dice per Six

• Coloured counters 6 per Six (if possible

give each Six a different colour)

• A Brownie in the Six must throw a 6 to


• The first time they roll a 6, the Six walk

to the first vaccination spot and place

a counter (either the whole Six or one

Brownie depending on space) and collect

a vaccination card.

• Continue playing until at least one Six has

collected a full set of vaccination cards (6

in total).


Discuss how children are given vaccinations at

various stages in their lives to promote health

e.g. MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella).

Full list is available at:




• Photocopy board game and vaccinations

onto A4 coloured cards.

• Cut each card with vaccination titles into 4

individual cards.

• Lay the 36 cards around the room in

number order so they make a path.

• Place the 4 vaccination cards beside the

board card of the same name.

• Give each Six a dice and a set of counters.

• Each Brownie takes her turn throwing the



Discuss the game some more with your


1. Explain how, when germs enter our

bodies, our immune system recognises

them as foreign bodies (antigens). Our

immune system then produces the

antibodies to fight them. In developing

countries the children are not so lucky and

do not have access to immunisation.

2. If your immune system is low because of a

lack of food, clean water or proper shelter,

your body is not able to fight the germs.

3. In these poorer countries a lot of children

and adults do

not have some

of the basic

necessities of

life and get very

ill and/or die.



These additional ‘good health and well-being’

activities are also available on OGM - use the search

term ‘SDG 3’ for quick access.

Road Safety

One of the targets of Goal 3 is, by 2020, to

halve the number of global deaths and injuries

from road traffic accidents. Complete Option 1

of the Brownie Road Safety Interest Badge.

Compliment Rainbows

To focus on complimenting each other on a

positive aspect of our personality. This activity

will cover Option 1 of the Brownie Healthy

Mind Interest Badge.

Make a Water Filter

Learn about the importance of having a

healthy water supply.


Tea with Mammy and

Granny... Birth Stories

Brownies host a tea party and chat with

Mammy/Granny/Foster Carer about their

birth and also about what being a mother

is like, how it has changed over time etc.

Hospitals and Healthcare

Around the World

To explore Brownies’ understanding of

what it might be like to visit or stay in

hospital in Ireland/a developing country.

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Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being





To explore Brownies’

understanding of what

it might be like to visit

or stay in hospital in

Ireland/a developing



Photos of hospitals

around the world

(available on OGM)


1. Brownies join the Pow Wow circle

2. Open the discussion with who has ever visited/

stayed the night in hospital.

3. Was the hospital clean?

4. Did you see doctors and nurses?

5. Were you given the medicine you needed?

6. Did you have an x-ray?

7. Ask the Brownies how far away their local

hospital is.

8. If they broke an arm at school would they walk

to the hospital?

Further talking points;

• Explain that in some countries hospitals are not

as modern as in Ireland.

• Often, hospitals are very far away from where

some people live.

• In poorer countries a lot of children and adults

do not have access to basic healthcare and get

very ill and/or die.

• Sometimes hospitals are destroyed in natural

disasters and the local people must go even

further for medical care.

• Many Irish doctors and nurses volunteer abroad

with medical charities, even where there is war.

Perhaps the Unit could do a fundraiser, donate

one euro of subs or something similar.

• Show them the photos, discussing similarities

and differences with Irish hospitals e.g.

cleanliness, indoor/outdoor, privacy etc.

Sources: IGG GAT Pack



• Card for invitation

• Colouring pencils/markers

• Pen and paper

• List of questions for tea

party (compiled by the


• Tea and biscuits


Brownies will have an

opportunity to explore what

being a mother is like and how it

has changed over the years.

Compare Granny and Mammy’s

memories and discuss what

they might change if it comes to

their turn.

Sources: IGG GAT Pack

Badge link: Interest Badge Brownie Hostess


Week 1

• Brownies make an invitation

for the person they wish to

invite to the tea party e.g.

Mother, Granny, Aunt, Foster


• Ask everyone to bring a

baby picture to the meeting

next week.

• In Pow Wow the Unit plan

the menu.

• Make a list of tasks that

will need to be shared

and decide who will be

responsible for each task.

• Brownies discuss the

questions they would like

to ask at the tea and the

Leader makes a note of


Week 2

• Brownies arrive and set up

the hall for the tea party.

• Invited guests arrive.

• Brownies serve the tea and

join their guests.

• Everyone chats about what

it was/is like to be a mother.

• Brownies help with the

clean up.

• To finish the evening,

encourage Brownies to

share ways they could help

to make it easier for their

Mother/Granny etc.

• Encourage Brownies to

also share what they might

change if it comes to their



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Connecting for Impact

IGG’s Support Officer, Ruth Hughes, recently

attended a collaboration workshop with Trócaire,

and other partners, working on ‘Connecting for

Impact’ and the Sustainable Development Goals


"The venue was the rather antique and impressive

Council Chamber at Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square

East, which is available for meetings (should any

Leaders be looking for a unique meeting venue for

their committees!). It seats about 20 comfortably

around the carved main table plus 20 more on the

‘back benches’ and at the stately top table. To keep

us thinking outside the box, instead of flipcharts to

record our thoughts, we used paper plates and the

agenda was laid out like a menu (should any Leaders

be looking for a unique meeting idea!)."

"All present were interested to hear about the work

of IGG including activities around the 2018 World

Thinking Day theme ‘impact’; the reproduction of

the SDG storybook for Ladybirds and Brownies, How

do you wrap that? by Author, Erin Wicking; and the

overall current focus of IGG activities on the SDGs.

This edition of Trefoil News, for example, is full of

activity ideas related to the SDGs, in particular Goal

3, Good Health and Well-being. IGG is committed to

continually working the goals into our programme."

The Trócaire workshop provided an opportunity to

hear how other organisations are incorporating the

SDGs into their work. Here are some examples:

Afri (Action from Ireland) shared information about

their Famine Walks campaign, their focus on food

sovereignty (i.e. local food production for local needs

instead of mass corporate exports and carbon miles

leaving local populations in famine conditions), and

their success in the anti-fracking campaign in Ireland.

Development Perspectives run Development

Education awareness campaigns. They also produce

toolkits and run various trainings for teachers and

youth leaders.

Poetry Ireland and Trócaire collaborate each

year to run a very successful poetry competition for

all ages on varying Development Education themes.

Their publication Before the Storm for example,

features the collection of winning poems in 2017

– we recommend it, and past collections including

Forced to Flee (2016) and Feeling the Heat (2015),

for reading and discussion with your Units. These are

available on the Poetry Ireland and Trócaire websites.

For the National Youth Council of Ireland

one of the main Development Education pieces of

work is the annual One World Week. Many of us in

IGG will be familiar with past resources such as:

• Global Rights Noble Goals: Migration, the

Sustainable Development Goals and YOUth

• Setting Our Sights on Rights: marking the 25th

year of the United Nations Convention on the

Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and

• Just Us or Justice?

IDEA (Irish Development Education Association)

work with around 100 members to promote

Development Education and support partners in

Ireland, alongside Irish Aid. Their vision is of a world

based on global justice, solidarity, equality and


IGG look forward to participating in future

Trócaire workshops and we are excited by

the potential for collaboration with other

participating organisations. If you have any ideas

for these workshops and about what shape such

collaboration might take, we’d love to hear from

you. Contact Ruth at

Should you require any information on what

Development Education is, check out

Trefoil News | Spring 2018



Mother’s Day

Button Frame


• Assorted sizes of red (or

coloured) buttons

• Thin red ribbon

• Two sheets of card, 1 red and 1 white

• 1 large heart template (can be made by

Leaders in advance) to fit an A5 page

• 1 small heart template (also made in

advance) about 1.5 inches smaller than

large heart

• White ribbon for hanger

• A photograph of choice

• Glue


1. Using the large heart template, cut out a

heart from both the white card and the red


2. Using the smaller template, place it on top

of the red heart. Draw around the heart and

cut out the centre to create a frame.

3. Place the photograph on the white heart

and behind the red heart

to make sure it fits the


4. When satisfied with

the fit, trim the edges

of photo and stick it to

white heart.

5. Then stick the red heart

on top to complete the

photo frame.

6. Arrange and glue buttons around the frame

to decorate it. A good variety of sizes of

buttons works well but make sure they fit

in together and try not to leave spaces or


7. Make a bow from the red ribbon and stick it

to the top of the frame.

8. Use the white ribbon to make a hanger at

the back of the frame.

9. Red buttons work well for Mother’s Day or

Valentine’s Day but a variety of colours can

be used alternatively for spring or summer


Dear Guide Leaders,

Guide Branch

poem review


• Poetry books

• Paper

• Biro/pencil

• Template (available on



1. Ask each Guide to read

four (age-related) poems,

two of which must be by

Irish poets.

2. Ask the Guides to

complete the poem review


3. Encourage the Guides

to share the completed template with their Patrol


4. Ask the Guides if they would encourage their Patrol

members to read the poems and other poems by

their selected authors?

Further review questions that can be discussed with the

Guide Unit:

• What was the poem about?

• What feelings are expressed in the poem?

• Could you choose a different title for the poem?

• Write a verse before or after the poem.

• What images are portrayed in the poem?

• What is the message of the poem?

• Are there any rhymes, alliteration, personification,

humour, or interesting adjectives?

• What is your favourite line and why?

• How was the poet feeling when she/he wrote the



Badge link: Interest Badge Guide Book Lover No. 4

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Using a Reference Book


A reference book

How to use a reference book:

A reference book, such as a dictionary, an

encyclopedia, a yearbook, or a directory is compiled

to provide facts or definite pieces of information

of varying length. “A reference book is intended to

be referred to rather than read through”. In other

words, a reference book is used when a reader needs

to know the meaning of a word (a dictionary), or

wants to learn about the life of an important person

(biographical dictionary). This is one reason why a

reference book does not circulate, so the library keeps

it for all readers to use any time they need it.

How to use an encyclopedia:

When using an encyclopedia, a good option is to go

to the list of contents at the beginning to look for the

category required. However, it is often easier to go to

the index located at the back of the encyclopedia to

look up the word by the letter it starts with, where it

will be listed in alphabetical order.


Badge link: Interest Badge Guide Book Lover No. 5

How to use a dictionary:

1. Proceed to the letter of the alphabet that your

word begins with. For example, ‘dog’ begins with

‘d’. Do not forget the possible spellings for trickier

words, such as ‘gnome’ which begins with a ‘g’.

2. Check for the guide words. These are located

in the upper corner of each page and give you

an indication of how close you are to locating

your word. They speed up the process of going

through the pages.

3. Once close, use the second letter of your word

to run down the page and locate your word. For

example, if you were looking for the word ‘futile’,

‘u’ is the second letter. Perhaps you will see

‘furrow/futtock’ in the upper left corner of the left

page and ‘futtock plate/gaberlunzie’ in the upper

right corner of the right page. Now you know that

‘futile’ is going to be located on one of these two


4. Scan down the list of entry words moving past

‘furry’, ‘fuse’ and ‘fuss’. Since the example word

begins with ‘fut’, go past all the ‘fur’ and all the

‘fus’ words alphabetically until you reach the ‘fut’

area of the page. In this example, move right

down through ‘fut’ and ‘futhark’ and this, at last, is

where you will find ‘futile’.


Writing a book review is not

just about summarising; it's

about what you thought of

the book. You should try

to combine an accurate,

analytical reading with a

strong, personal touch. A

good book review describes

what is on the page, looks at

how the book told its story,

and expresses any reactions

and arguments in your point

of view.


• Book

• Pen and paper

All the answers to the following

questions put together will make

up your book review.


• Who tells the story?

• Was it told in the first-person

or in the third-person?


• Note the time period and

location the book is set in.

• How did the setting drive

or influence the plot of the



Note the overall theme or

message of the book.


• What type/category of

literature was it?

• How did it compare to

another book that you have

read in the same type/



• Name the author.

• Discuss any previous works.

• How did previous works

compare with this work?


Give a brief plot summary without

giving away any key details.

Evaluation - your


This is the most important part of

the review.

1. Did you like it? Why?

2. Did you dislike it? Why?

3. Would you read more by this

author? Why or why not?

4. Would you encourage others

to read this book? Why or

why not?

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Badge link: Could be useful in completing Interest

Badge Guide Book Lover No. 3




The Sustainable Development

Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17

universal goals and targets

adopted by 193 UN member

states on 25 September 2015

that outline a vision for the future

for people and the planet. Each

goal has specific targets to be

achieved over the next 15 years.

For the goals to be reached,

everyone needs to do their part:

governments, the private sector,

civil society and people like you.

Special Focus:




Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being


When people are in good health, societies prosper. While a lot has been

done to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

in recent years, real progress can only be achieved when everyone,

including women and children, have access to good health care.

To learn more about this Goal download the App ‘SDGs in Action’ or

visit the following link:


Aim of the following activities:

1. To introduce the SDG Goal 3 to Guides and to show how they can help to achieve this goal.

2. To learn about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet and exercising


3. To begin to bring in the international aspect of healthcare and well-being.



The Guide will become aware of factors

influencing child mortality. This activity

visually shows the girls what a child needs

to stay healthy and survive in the developing



• A Leader starts this activity by talking

about how years ago in Ireland many

children died before their fifth birthday

• Explain that this is still the case in parts of

the world

• Ask the girls what a child needs to stay


• Make a list of their suggestions on a flip


• If any of the following do not come up in

discussion, add them

1. vaccination

2. clean water

3. doctors and hospital nearby

4. warmth

5. food

6. mosquito net

7. good sewage system

8. medicine and money to pay for above

• Choose enough items so that you can

make three groups e.g. pick eight items if

you have 24 girls

• Write each item on a post-it and stick

one to each girl's forehead (if three

groups, write 3 post-its for each item)

• The girls walk around and try to mime

to each other what is on the other’s


• When the Guide guesses her item, she

sits on the floor

• When everyone has been guessed,

encourage the Guides to make three

groups containing everything a

child needs for survival


Reflect on the activity.

Source: IGG GAT Pack

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For each Patrol

• 1 protein bar

• 50g of natural peanut butter

• 50g non-fat dry milk powder

• 50g honey

• 50g oats

• Optional sunflower seeds, currants,


• Bowls

• Plates

• Spoons

• Weighing scales

• Disposable gloves


Show the Guides one of the protein bars that

have become available everywhere recently.

They may associate them with the gym/

sports stars etc. Explain that they are based

on what is given to starving children to begin

to nourish them.


• Give each Patrol the list

of ingredients, recipe and

utensils to make the miracle


• The Patrol gathers all they

require from the Leaders.


• Mix the peanut butter, milk

powder and honey in a bowl

• Add optional extra ingredients

• Spread oats on a plate

• Put on disposable gloves

• Roll the mixture into little bars (use

spoons to help you with this) about the

size of an adult’s little finger

• Coat each bar with the oats by rolling

the bars on the plate

• Place the ready bars on a clean plate

• Share around afterwards for everyone to



Compare the shop-bought protein bar and

the homemade miracle food. Talk about the

causes of famine etc.

Source: IGG GAT Pack

Badge links: Interest Badge Guide Cook Option 6



• Strong large balloons – water balloons are too thin

• Funnel

• Corn-starch or flour


Discuss stress. What is it? What causes it? How can we

deal with it?


• Working in pairs, the girls blow up a balloon and leave

it untied

• Slowly fill the funnel with flour, letting it enter the


• Fill the balloon to about 8cm

• Squeeze out the excess air

• Tie the balloon as close to the flour as you can

• Cut off any excess balloon

• If it seems thin, cover with a second


• Write name in permanent marker

• When both Guides have their stress

ball ready, let them play with it!


Finish with a short relaxation exercise.


Badge links: Interest Badge Guide Healthy Mind Options 5 and 6


‘good health

and well-being’


1) On page 23 in this edition:

The Vaccination

Board Game

Introduces why children are

given vaccinations at various

stages in their lives to promote

good health.

2) See overleaf for:

Stop, think and

decide to say “NO”

to drugs

To appreciate the importance

of being able to make good

choices with regard to drugs.

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Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being




The WAGGGS Drug Awareness Code says ‘Stop, think and decide to say NO to

drugs’. Make a short advertisement to promote this.


This activity helps to raise Guides’ awareness of

substance abuse and to look at how the media

portray alcohol, drugs and tobacco.



• Magazines

• Information leaflets

• Pens

• Paper




1. Ask the girls to collect pictures and articles

relating to any form of substance abuse.

2. Ask them to make a poster of their findings.

This could be done in advance over the previous


3. Each Patrol should display their posters and

discuss their findings. See discussion points


4. From their findings, ask them to write a 60

second public service advertisement that is

against substance abuse.

5. When they are writing this advertisement,

they should think of the points below to help


Discussion points:

• To whom is the advertisement directed?

• What image is portrayed e.g. romantic, macho,

athletic, glamorous?

• What need is being addressed?

• Is it a realistic portrayal of life?

Source: Health Promotion Pack, January 2003

Badge link: Interest Badge Guide Drug Awareness Option 1

MEDI: Stories of Equality

and Diversity

The Book Lover badges provide an

opportunity for all IGG members to

discover more about the world and

themselves. Please find below some

books that can open up discussion of

equality and diversity issues, as well as

being wonderful reads.

Good Night Stories for

Rebel Girls

by Favilli Elena Cavallo Francesca

We are introduced to 100

women illustrated by female

artists from around the world.

The extraordinary lives of

historical figures such as Ada

Lovelace appear, as well as

current inspirations such as

Serena Williams.

The Diary of Anne

Frank is of course

very well known but we

should ensure that future

generations continue to

read it. It is suitable for 12

years and over.

Her Mother's Face

by Roddy Doyle is

a triumph in how

it explores grief so


I Am Jazz

by Jessica Herthel and

Jazz Jennings is a picture

book for 4-8 year olds

based on the real-life

experiences of Jazz who

always knew she was

born in the wrong body.



by Allen Say is the

story of a Japanese

American family

and how World War

Two impacts them.





Brother Eagle Sister Sky

by Susan Jeffers is an

adaptation of a speech

delivered by Chief Seattle

at treaty negotiations in the

1850s. It reflects the Native

American respect for nature

and the environment.

Barack Obama: Son of

Promise, Child of Hope

by Nikki Grimes starts with a

young boy called David asking

who the man on the television

is. The story details the former

US President’s childhood in

Hawaii and Indonesia before

moving to his young adult life

in Chicago and visiting Kenya

for the first time.

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Remember in March 2015, we

held our first training on our new

Journey Programme with 200 Leaders?

Well, now that we are heading for the

3-year marker on this journey (imagine,

it’s been 3 years?!), it’s time for us to

take a pit-stop to check in with you to

see what is working well. We will also

identify any little tweaks that could

enhance or support you in delivering

the Journey Programme. The aim is to

ensure the girls are enjoying, learning

and getting as much as possible from

our amazing programme.

In January 2018, a team was set up to

gather feedback from IGG members

on the programme. Leaders, trainers,

committee members, RDOs and girls

will all have the chance to comment on

the Journey Programme. This includes

the books, planners, online resources

and the training you have received or

would like.

In February 2018, at Branch

Weekend, the team launched an

online survey for feedback from the

Leaders in attendance. We would

love you to complete the Journey

Programme pit-stop survey too by

going online to the following website


Your feedback is

vital to ensure that

we keep doing what is

working well for you

and your girls and that

we improve on what

doesn’t work so well!

The survey should take

approximately five


If you would like to share more of your

ideas and thoughts on the Journey

Programme, or volunteer your girls to

be one of the Units consulted, please

don’t hesitate to email the team on

with your name, Unit name and contact


The team will be working on this

between now and June and will be

preparing a report of the findings and

recommendations for the Programme

and Training and Executive committees.

A final report will appear in autumn

Trefoil News.

Looking forward to reading your

feedback from the online survey or

hearing from you…

Catherine (Cate) O'Connor

Irish Girl Guides


10 to 14

Year 2 Year 3 Year 4

Irish Girl Guides

Bantreoraithe na h’Éireann

National Office

27 Pembroke Park

Dublin 4


Phone: 01 668 3898

Fax: 01 660 2779


Guide Leader Journey Planner





Journey Programme

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Hi everyone,

Spring is here… even though the weather might not quite show it! We hope you have been enjoying

your Guiding activities so far in 2018 and there are lots more to come for all of you. Let us know what

you’re up to through any of our social media accounts… we love to hear from you :)

Our annual Senior Branch 18th Birthday Party has just taken place and we hope those of you who

attended had a fantastic time. Our next big event will be the Chief Commissioner’s Award 2018 so be

sure to keep an eye out for the link to register. We can’t say enough about how amazing this event is

for anyone who takes part so make sure you consider it when you’re deciding on your summer plans!

As we’re sure you noticed, this edition of Trefoil News is highlighting the Sustainable Development

Goals and the Book Lover Interest Badge, so, that’s what our activities are focusing on. The other three

Branches have included some activities on their pages that link to these badges so, if you are adding

to your badge collection, be sure and have a look through those. If you need anything, email us at




As part of your Gaisce challenge maybe your new Personal Skill could be to regularly get your

nose into a book? This only counts if you didn’t read before! Or, your Community Challenge

could be the organising of a book club in your local library?

To all you badge divas, don’t forget you can always complete your Brownie or Guide Book

Lover Badge too. Or, you could teach this badge to another Branch for the community section

of your Bronze Star or Silver Moon.


19. Explore how the attitudes reflected in the Promise and Law can be acted upon

and promoted.

Maybe read How the Girl Guides Won the War – by Janie Hampton


2. Read a biography of a famous anthropologist, somebody who was dedicated to

improving the lives of others.

Maybe read Margaret Mead: A biography – by Mary Bowman-Kruhm


1. Investigate how your life is different from that of girls living in other parts of the

world from you. What challenges do you each face? How is their life going to lead to

different experiences?

Maybe read I am Malala – by Malala Yousafzai

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The Harry Potter series, of

course. I know J.K. Rowling's

series isn't just one book, but

I'm going to count it as such.

Harry Potter is an essential for

everyone's library, regardless of

your age or gender.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne

Collins. Any girl who reads about

strong, resilient Katniss won't

hesitate to make Katniss her role


Anna and the French Kiss by

Stephanie Perkins. This is a fluffy,

romance story of an American

girl named Anna who falls in love

with a boy while at school in

Paris. It doesn't sound like it, but

it's actually life-changing.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. A

book about fitting in, feeling left

out, how to deal with change and

things that worry you, Fangirl

is a book every girl should read

before heading off to college.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Speak is a very well written novel

about a teen who is depressed

after something horrible happens

to her at a party. The story is

emotional and raw, but offers

great insight and learning for

teen girls.

The Raven Boys by Maggie

Stievfater. This series follows a

girl named Blue and her four guy

friends on their quest to find a

supposedly-dead Welsh King.

The books are really well written

and the plot is great, but you love

the books for the characters who

are beautiful and very real, and

people who will stick with you for

the rest of your life.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman.

Just One Day is a very special

book that starts out seeming like

a romance but turns into a story

about self discovery and what

you can accomplish when you

push yourself.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky. The main

character may not be a girl,

but the book captures being a

teenager so poignantly.

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King.

This book is a necessity for any

teen girl who is questioning her

sexuality and her journey in that


Since You've Been Gone by

Morgan Matson. This is a story

about facing what makes you

nervous and doing it without the

person who acts as your comfort

blanket. I think this is a really

important story because it shows

how some day you are going to

need to face things that scare

you on your own, and it shows

how some friendships are really

worth fighting for.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Stargirl

is a book about the importance

of being yourself. It's a very short

book, but a lot of emotion and

meaning is packed into its small

number of pages.

The Disenchantments by Nina

LaCour. The Disenchantments

is another great book, not only

about self discovery, but about

finding out what you want out of

life because sometimes you don't

want what everyone else does,

and it's important to know and

accept that.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

Katsa, the main character of

Graceling, is a very strong and

inspiring teen living in a cruel

fantasy world. She's an amazing

character for teenage girls to get

to know.

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by

David Levithan and Rachel Cohn.

This book set in New York City is

funny and emotional and really

shows the kind of adventures you

can have right where you live. It

shows that amazing things can

happen wherever you are.

The Curious Incident of the

Dog in the Night-time by

Mark Haddon. Written from

the perspective of a person

with Autism, an emotionally

dissociated mind.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It’s hard

being the new kid but, when

you have been born with an

extraordinary face, there are even

more obstacles. A warm, uplifting

story that will have readers

laughing one minute and

wiping away tears the


My Sister's Keeper by

Jodi Picoult. With more

mature themes, this book

is recommended to older teens.

It's an incredibly emotional and

beautiful story about a girl whose

sister has cancer and what she

does to try and help her sister


Trefoil News | Spring 2018



The Sustainable Development

Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17

universal goals and targets

adopted by 193 UN member

states on 25 September 2015

that outline a vision for the future

for people and the planet. Each

goal has specific targets to be

achieved over the next 15 years.

For the goals to be reached,

everyone needs to do their part:

governments, the private sector,

civil society and people like you.

Special Focus:




GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being


When people are in good health, societies prosper. While a lot has been done

to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases in recent years,

real progress can only be achieved when everyone, including women and

children, have access to good health care.

To learn more about this Goal download the App ‘SDGs in Action’ or visit the

following link:



• Body safe U.V. (ultra-violet) paint

• Baby wipes


To show how germs are passed on by the touch

method. Probably best done outdoors and at night as

U.V. paint is more effective in the dark.


Allow the Senior Branchers to put the U.V. paint on

their hands (have a range of colours to show the

spread of germs).

The girls must touch each other on the face or hands.

Then discuss the following:

1. How many colours of paint are on me?

2. How did it get there?

3. What does the U.V. paint represent?

4. How was the paint passed from girl to girl?

5. What does the spread of U.V. represent in this

instance? (contamination)


• Discuss what germs are and how they can be

passed on.

• Build this into a discussion on how we interact

and how diseases are spread.

• How tactile are we now? Hugs, head to head

contact for selfies etc.

• Would moving to a virtual world really stop


• Discuss renting/house-sharing and the impact

this can have on hygiene.

The girls could organise a debate or public discussion

on this.

Source: IGG GAT Pack

Badge Links: Silver Moon Global Awareness




• Costumes

• Food

• Spreadsheet to record event

expenses and funds raised


Discuss the impact malaria has on

developing countries. Research the

work being carried out to improve the



• Choose a country where malaria

is a major danger.

• Learn more about the lives of the

people living there.

• Hold a cultural event using their

food and costumes to raise

money for mosquito nets.

• You could invite other Branches.

• Make record of money in and

donations made.


UNICEF Ireland wants to send

100,000 nets to malaria-infected

areas. For only €14 you can buy three

nets that will protect a child and

their family for up to five years. In

Sub-Saharan Africa, a child dies from

malaria every 30 seconds.

Sources: IGG GAT Pack and UNICEF


Badge Links: Bronze Global Awareness

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• Paper

• Pens

• Table and chairs


To highlight how the UN make life-changing

decisions which affect developing countries,

particularly when it comes to the role of

women and children in society.


Discuss child mortality. What does a child

need for a healthy life?

• vaccination

• clean water

• doctors and hospital nearby

• warmth

• food

• mosquito net

• good sewage system

• medicine and money to pay for above


Model United Nations

Assign each girl a country and give them

a week to research that country. Ask them

to select from the list above the three most

important things needed for their assigned

country to ensure the prosperity of women

and children. If another girl (country) wants

the same thing, they must debate amongst

themselves to see which country deserves

it more. If a compromise cannot be reached,

the whole of the UN must take a democratic

vote after hearing each case.


Is the world fair? Does each country have an

equal say at the UN?

Research the terms G8, G20 and veto.

Sources: IGG GAT pack and UN


There are certain health issues which only

affect women – brainstorm and discuss them.



Organise a visit from the local women’s

health clinic or research group and find out

what services are available for women in your

area. What are the services provided? Create

an information poster.



This could be as simple as creating

awareness e.g. design a poster for an

information campaign, fundraising or write a

Female Health

piece for the local newspaper.


Organise a debate on the various women,

health and pregnancy issues using fact

sheets available from groups such as Irish

Aid, HSE, UNICEF etc.


Perhaps Senior Branchers can volunteer at

a local women’s refuge or on the children’s

ward at a hospital. Mention the Crumlin

Hospital Guide Unit.

Badge Links: Change Choice Challenge 18; Global

Awareness 15


Discuss how children are

given vaccinations at

various stages in their lives

to promote health e.g.

MMR (Measles, Mumps and


Ask the Senior Branchers

if they know which

vaccinations they have been


Have they heard about jabs

needed before they can

travel to faraway places.



Ask the girls to research

the various immunisation

programmes in Ireland and

internationally. Discuss

these and compare them

with each other as well

as linking them into other

issues such as poverty

and the availability of the


Discuss the HPV vaccine.

Have the girls all been given

it? Why/why not? It was

their parents’ decision – do

they feel they should have

had a say?


Research children’s health


Prepare an awareness/

information poster on

the types of diseases and

illnesses that affect children

and that can be eliminated

by vaccination.

Print and display the posters

at your local Units and

perhaps in your schools,

colleges and/or places of


Badge Links: Silver Moon Global


Trefoil News | Spring 2018



Reflections from the Iron Gate Mountain:

Our Journey through The Academy 2017

The knowledge and

experience that I gained

from The Academy 2017

still reverberates in my mind, it

is only now that I am beginning

to absorb its full impact. The

Academy offered Helen and me the

prospect of learning within a semi

structured environment as well as

facilitating personal time to explore

the historical town of Esztergom,

Hungary. The Academy provided

us the opportunity to develop

socially and emotionally as people

by immersing us in an unfamiliar


For me, The Academy was

full of uncertainty, as it was

my first international trip

representing IGG. I felt it was a

delicate balancing act as to how

I was going to cope being away

from my family and giving my full

commitment to the event. Prior to

undertaking the trip, I was anxious

as to whether I could embrace

the event fully and contribute

successfully to the conference; in

hindsight, I need not have been so


The structured training

sessions across the four days

allowed me to realise that

it is alright not to know and/or

understand everything, that an indepth

knowledge of every aspect

of global Guiding/Scouting was not

a prerequisite since, by having the

right attitude, this deficiency was


During the sessions, I really

enjoyed getting to know

the other delegates from 14

different countries. Each person

had an open mind, an inquisitive

outlook, and a willingness to

examine experiences and assess

actions. Each person contributed

to our lifelong Guiding/Scouting

knowledge and helped each of us

develop our social skills.

Some of my favourite elements

of The Academy were the

moments with one or two

delegates, when we could just talk,

laugh, evaluate the day and analyse

and share the knowledge we had

gained from each of our sessions.

For me, these were the big events,

when we had the chance to

evaluate our own organisations and

to swap different skills. To others,

these exchanges may have seemed

minuscule and insignificant; to me

they cemented the knowledge

we were gaining each day with

practical ideas for how we might

implement our plans for the future.

The sessions over the four

days offered us the brief

opportunity to participate as

Guiding/Scouting students. It was

exciting to have access to expert

trainers from WAGGGS and WOSM,

such as Nefeli Themeli, who spoke

on the new programme Voices

against Violence, and Matthew

Percival, who spoke on embracing

spirituality and mindfulness within

Guiding and Scouting.

From the sessions, I learned

skills that will be of use in my

future Guiding career, such

as campaigning, team-building,

trusting our youth members and

the value of networking. The

session on MOVIS (Management of

Volunteering in Scouting/Guiding)

suggested that we should see our

Guiding career as a journey, with

each step providing experiences

and knowledge. For Helen and me,

The Academy was one of those

steps on that journey. The session

on Change Management made me

appreciate that one day I may be

a driving force for future change

and/or diversification.

It is hard to put in words the

unspoken value gained from

The Academy. It is a positive

and beneficial knowledge transfer

event. I can certainly attest to

that fact. Being out of my normal

environment had a two-pronged

effect. Firstly, it rekindled my

desire to learn out of curiosity

and wonderment. Secondly, it

demonstrated to me that I could

participate on an international

Guiding stage. What I have

realised is that, even though I

was apprehensive, being with

individuals who made the week

fun allowed me to focus on the

event and to celebrate the sense

of achievement and camaraderie

when we completed The Academy


By Mena Timoney

36 Trefoil News | Spring 2018


Go Global for

Senior Branch

Join other Senior Branch

members to explore

different parts of

international Guiding in

this special programme

designed for 14–17 year

olds. Learn about all

the different options

available for you.

Refreshment: Please

bring a packed lunch.

Girls should arrive

between 11:00 and 11:30

for registration and will

be finished at 15:30.


Global event


something for


Go Global

for Guides

A day of fun

with Guides from

all over Ireland.

Come and learn

about aspects

of international



Please bring a

packed lunch.

Girls should arrive

between 11:00

and 11:30 for

registration and will

be finished at 15:30.




21 April 2018

Lantern Centre, 17 Synge Street, Dublin 8

€10 per person, travel at the most

economical rate will be refunded

Go Global for Leaders

This year we are offering two different options for Leaders who attend our Go Global day.

Go Global for Leaders


Do you have your Senior Campcraft,

Indoor Licence or Camp Officer


Are you considering taking your girls

abroad in the near future?

Sign up for our permit training and

learn from experienced Leaders

about how to make those plans turn

into realities.

Go Global for Leaders


At recent Regional Conferences, you told us you

wanted more information on international events

and a clearer understanding of how selections

operate to help prepare yourself and/or your girls.

This event will aim to answer all those questions.

Our target audience is Leaders of Senior Branch

Units and Leaders of all Branches who work with

girls and young women aged 14–30.

A light lunch will be provided for Leaders.

Trefoil News | Spring 2018



Best apps for your next trip

The International Committee was researched some of the best apps out there

to help make your next trip even smoother.

Are there other travel apps you think we should know about?

Travel Apps…


A great tool to help you research possible

routes to your next destination. You can

also use Skyscanner to see the cheapest

times of the month to fly. If you would just

like to bring your girls out of the country

it can also help you to see where the

cheapest options are for designated dates

and to start planning your next trip from


Map Apps…

Google Maps

One of the best navigation apps around, while

many of us use it for driving directions it can

also be used for walking directions and public

transport. The app also includes information

on when places like museums and restaurants

close and you can also see how busy a place is

in real time. You can download specific areas

of the map for offline use to save

your data allowance.

Rome 2 Rio

Are your Senior Branch girls ready for a

bigger adventure? Type in your starting

point and your destination and Rome2Rio

will throw up all possible travel options

and routes for the journey. It quotes prices,

distances, times and mileage no matter

where in the world you want to go.

Money Apps…

The Euro has taken most

of the fun out of currency

conversions. However, on the

off chance you are heading to a

country that does not use the Euro,

XE is a great app for converting your

Korunas, Krones, Kronas and Francs.

Google Translate

Gone are the days when you’d have to

take your chances with foreign language

menus. With google translate you can

hold your camera up to a text and Google

will translate it for you instantly. You can also

download the language you

will need before you leave and

use the translate function offline.

Read signs, information posters

and instructions just like a local

with this handy app.


Language Apps…

It’s always useful to be able to speak a few words and

phrases in the local language. If you’d like to brush up on

your language skills before you go Duolingo can help

you learn a few words of over 27 different languages.

Duolingo uses games to help guide you through

different levels and lets you gain experience

points along the way. Take

your pick from Spanish,

French, Dutch, German,

Portuguese and

many more.

38 Trefoil News | Spring 2018


Looking for a summer

camp for your Unit?

Join 12,000 participants

at the

Polish National

Jamboree in Gdańsk.


is open now


6-16 August 2018

International Service Team:

4-17 August 2018

Group Size: Patrols of 8 girls (aged 13+) plus 2 Leaders

Fee: €250 for both youth participants and Leaders

IST Fee: 100 PLN

The fee includes food, activities, participant kit (t-shirt, badge etc.), transport

to the campsite from the nearest airport and railway station, use of cooking

equipment provided by the organisers to every Patrol. You will need to bring

your own tents and personal equipment such as sleeping mat, sleeping bag,

and utensils.

Please contact the International Commissioner if you are considering applying

for this event -

More about Gdańsk 2018 at

Gdańsk 2018 will offer activities under the following six mottoes:


Waterbikes, boats, kayaks and other water

sports at Gdańsk harbour and beaches of

Sobieszewo Island.


Local community, traditions, active citizenship.


Discovering the city of Gdansk, its connections

with history of Poland and Europe.


Science, new technologies, renewable energy,

economy, entrepreneurship.


Global issues, peace, environment, cooperation.


Discovering natural wealth of Sobieszewo


Other highlights and spots are the opening and closing ceremonies, Regions’ Day,

Regional market, Spiritual Centre. Free time activities will provide space for international

meetings, musical concerts, and leisure.

Trefoil News | Spring 2018


Senior Branchers having

s'mores at Senior Branch

weekend in Ennis

Áine Foley of Newbridge bringing an Irish flavour to

international night at Sangam World Centre, with

Minakshi Jadhav, Deputy World Centre Manager

Reconnecting with friends! Helen Concannon and Minakshi

Jadhav of Sangam at the World Conference in India. Minakshi

attended CAMP 101 and has many Irish friends!

Brian Ormond with Elaine Magee from

Donegal and Helen Concannon at the

North West Regional Conference

Irish Girl Guides

National Office

Trefoil House

27 Pembroke Park

Dublin 4


Tel: 01 668 3898 / 01 668 9035

Fax: 01 660 2779


Mission Statement

The mission of the Irish Girl Guides is to

enable girls and young women to develop

to their fullest potential as responsible

citizens of the world.

Registered Charity No. 20006327

Spring 2018

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