Learning & development

Opportunities for volunteers to receive and expand their knowledge and skills.

Learning and Development

Opportunities for volunteers to receive and expand their knowledge and skills.

Welcome to the Cornwall Learning and Development page. We offer many training opportunities to build your skills as a volunteer and chances to learn new things which enable you to grow to become the best leader possible. We know that all girls benefit when you make great guiding happen! 

Our Learning and Developement Propectus has all the information you need to find the trainings planned for the next 18 months in Cornwall.

Meet the Training Team

"We are the Training Team here in Cornwall.  We are South West Region Trainers and form part of the Learning and Development Girlguiding Cornwall Team.


As trainers, we are here to facilitate and deliver learning opportunities that give our volunteers the motivation and confidence to provide good guiding for our girls."

Sarah Powlesland - County Learning and Development Team Leader

What do we offer?
  • First Response

  • Safeguarding all Levels (2 to 4)

  • Leaders in Training (LITs)

  • All Mentor Training

  • Commissioner Training

  • County Training Days (programme training)

  • Accounts & Gift Aid (Financial Management) Training Session

For those leaders who want to experiment with technology, for unit meetings, a number of webinars have been set up. Leaders can book on to find out how to use Zoom.

Are you new to using Zoom? Do you need help getting started and with learning the basic features? Uncertain about how to plan a virtual unit meeting? This webinar has it covered!


To book on, all you need to do is access the region website and click on the events booking tab. Follow the booking instructions to book yourself on to this course.

NEW! June 2020- Available NOW!
Zoom Webinars
How to apply for a training.

During this Covid 19 pandemic all face to face training has been cancelled. It is hoping that once these resume all training applications and payments will be done through our website. All training dates can be found on the calendar. Click here to be taken to the "What’s on" page.

First Response

Girlguiding has two First Aid courses - 1st Response and the 1st Response Refresher. These courses are valid for 3 years.  



The aim of 1st Response is to ensure that Girlguiding/Scouting members are kept as safe as possible while they are in our care.



By the end of the training participants will have been:

  • Provided with simple first aid information which is relevant to their guiding role

  • Helped to build confidence and skills in coping with emergency and first aid situations

  • Equipped with the knowledge needed to manage these emergencies


How to check if your external first aid qualification is suitable for Girlguiding.

If you hold a valid external first aid qualification you may already have the training you need to provide first aid support in guiding.


For your first aid qualification to be considered equivalent, it should be:

  • Be valid

  • Have involved a training that was at least six hours long

  • Included training for both adult and child CPR

  • Cover all other topics in 1st Response training


If you have completed an external course that does not include child or adult CPR, then you should join part of a 1st Response or 1st Response Refresher course which covers this. Alternatively, speak with the training team to see how we can help.

Process for checking equivalency.

Check if your external qualification first aid qualification is suitable for Girlguiding by working through the 1st Response syllabus and checking that everything has been covered in your external training. A conversation with our county trainer Jean Whetham is required where she will explain the Girlguiding policies and procedures. Once your certificate has been validated your record will then be updated on GO.



What happens when my 1st Response training expires?

You have six months after your qualification expires to complete the 1st Response refresher. If you don't complete your 1st Response refresher in this time, your qualification will no longer be valid. You will then need to complete the full 1st Response course again, in order to be the named first aider for your unit or for any activities.

Safeguarding Level's 1-4


Support volunteers to create a safe space for everyone.



Safety is at the heart of everything we do. Our safeguarding training helps everyone to:

  • Understand their guiding role in safeguarding and what to do

  • Recognise potential safeguarding issues

  • Understand our safety and safeguarding policies

  • Chat to others about what to do

  • Answer their questions

There are four levels of training. All volunteers will need to do Level 1. The previous A Safe Space training is equivalent to Level 1 and 2 of this new model.  Just like First Response this training is repeated at every level required every three years.


By December 2020 everyone needs to have the correct level of Safeguarding training for their role in guiding.


Safeguarding - Level 1 – An introduction
For all volunteers including: occasional helpers, GO coordinators, home contacts, parent helpers, peer educators, young leaders, mentors and Trefoil Guild members.  This is an e-learning training and must be completed before moving on to level 2 and 3. Click on the button below to complete the Level 1 e-learning.


Safeguarding - Level 2 – Creating a safe space
For leaders, assistant leaders, unit helpers, leaders in training, young leaders, Peer Educators and those that are doing level 3 and 4. Click the button below to complete Level 2 e-learning. (You must have completed Level 1 before you can complete Level 2).

Safeguarding -  Level 3 – Recognising, telling and taking action
For anyone leading a team of adults, leaders in charge (or at least one leader per unit with module four of the Leadership Qualification), mentors, advisers, coordinators (except GO coordinators), licence holders on residentials, trainers, tutors and those doing level 4. At present this training is only available as a face to face training.

Safeguarding - Level 4 – Managing concerns, allegations and disclosures
For all commissioners, designates, deputies and those sharing a role, trainers delivering Safeguarding, safeguarding leads and safeguarding advisers.  Level 4 has only been available during a commissioner training sessions but has recently gone online as national webinar trainings and regional webinars.

To book on to the national webinar you need to access your GO record and then in, "My Events", click on "View all available webinars". This will bring up all the webinars you are able to attend. Choose "Safeguarding Level 4". Where you can select a date and time to attend.

To find out more about Safeguarding, click the button below to be taken through to the Girlguiding website.


After you've done the training:

Your GO record will be updated and you'll be sent a reminder that you will need to complete a refresher course when the qualification expires. This happens every three years for Levels 1-3 and every five years for Level 4.This ensures everyone is up to date with any changes.


Already have safeguarding expertise or experience outside of Girlguiding?

Check out Girlguiding's "prior learning checklist" and contact the Learning and Development team lead if you require help completing this form.

Leader In Training (LIT)


To become a leader, you'll need to complete the Leadership Qualification.

Click on the button to find our more about the Leadership Qualification and what is required.


What training and support will I get?

Everyone who undertakes Girlguiding's Leadership Qualification is assigned a mentor, a qualified Leader,  who will guide you through the syllabus and support you by answering any questions you may have.

Guidings ‘Beginning to Lead’ e-learning is designed to prepare you for leadership, and provide a great introduction to the role. Click the button below to take the e-learning.


As part of the leadership qualification, you will also need to attend First Response (first aid) training and Safeguarding. See above for more details on each of these.


LIT Training Days:


For Leaders In Training (LIT) to have the opportunity to complete various sections of the qualification, to have other parts of the qualification signed off, or to meet with a mentor and have a chat about progress made.


The day promises to be full of fun, laughter, and give LIT's the opportunity to meet new Girlguiding members from across the county.

Mentor Training


To cover the modules in the leadership qualification or other qualifications/awards and learn about Girlguiding's policies, processes and doing our best.


The day is for you to refresh your ideas of mentoring and network with other mentors in the county.

These trainings may also include other mentors such as: Outdoor, Queens Guide and Young Leaders mentors too. 


It is recommended that all mentors undertake the e-learning training and attend a face to face training.

Commissioner/Commissioner Mentor Training


For district and division commissioners to come together to continue with their learning in managing people, dealing with complaints and other issues as requested.



The day is for commissioners:

  • To understand the role of the Commissioner

  • To gain the confidence you need to run your District/Division

  • To gain a better understand of the Girlguiding polices and processes

  • To support one another and a chance to network

What happens when I become a Commissioner?

Before starting as a Commissioner, you should undergo a six-month induction period as a Commissioner Designate. During this time, you will be supported by a Mentor who will be experienced in guiding and knowledgeable about your role.


If you're new to the role, our Commissioners handbooks are a great place to start - they cover everything you'll need to know about your responsibilities.


During the day at least 1 workshop will be devoted to training as a Commissioner Mentor. This will allow you to receive a refresher training and have the opportunity to focus on other training needs.  



County Training Day


For leaders to come together as a county to learn about the specialist framework, the 5 Essentials and delivering the sectional programme.


  • The day is guaranteed to be fun

  • Filled with learning and gaining new ideas

  • Gaining a sense of belonging in Girlguiding Cornwall

This is a day where all volunteers can come and learn about the programme and make good guiding happen.


Being a reliable team player, learning how to lead, developing a sense of well-being - Girlguiding offers all of this to girls and more.


The activities and adventures that the girls experience through the programme help them to learn about themselves and gain the skills and confidence to realise their dreams. The specialist frameworks and practical guidance collected together, helps leaders and volunteers to provide girls with a programme that supports their development.

Accounts (Financial Management) Training 
(Including Gift Aid)


For leaders to come together to learn and understand financial management.


  • The day is guaranteed to be fun

  • Learning how to undertake the task of unit accounts

  • Gather more information about the world of financial management and what it means in Girlguiding

Need help with your accounts or Gift Aid?  During this training all volunteers can come and learn how to do the unit accounts and other aspects of financial management including Gift Aid, budgeting and financial risk management all in line with Girlguiding policy.  


Girlguiding offers many e-learning opportunities on there website. 

For example: -

  • Programme training

  • Keeping information safe training

  • Branding e-learning

  • Mentoring e-learning

  • Becoming a Peer educator e-learning.

Girlguiding are always adding and updating their e-learning so check in to see if there is anything you want to take a closer look at.

Once you have completed an e-learning make sure you complete the questionnaire at the end and get your e-learning added to your GO record.

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