Leading a group offers you an opportunity to connect with children, young people and their families locally.
Around 80% of those we work with connect to church through the work of GB, providing your church with a great tool for mission and outreach into your local community.
Once your group is set up, our support continues with advice on a variety of issues including mission development, resources and uniform, admin, media, membership, marketing and training either directly or through our networks.
How to set up a local community group with Girls’ Brigade
1. Contact us
Contact the GB Support Centre to organise a phone call or meeting about how we can support you.
2. Recruit a volunteer leadership team
You’ll need a minimum of 2 adults, aged 18 plus, working with any group of children and young people. 2 of whom must have completed GB’s equipping training and registration process.
Each volunteer is required to have an enhanced disclosure for working with children. This is easily done online at no charge.
At least two volunteer leaders will need to complete our GB’s n:fluence 18+ training. The training has been designed to reflect some of the key foundational elements in mission among children and young people and running a GB group. Training can be delivered in a day or over 2 or 3 evenings. 1 volunteer leader will also need to complete an additional team leader module in order to oversee the group.
3. Approach your church to get agreement
We require a franchise agreement and mission relationship document to be signed by both you and the church in order to set up a group.
Discuss with your minister the age groups you want to work with.
Decide when and where your group might meet.
4. Confirm franchise details with GB
You’ll need a franchise agreement to formalise the working agreement with GB.
In order to send you the paperwork, we need the following information:
- The specific group that you’re launching i.e. n:vestigate; n:gage; n:counta; n:spire
- The day and time the group plan to meet
- The name of the person who will take up the role of team leader
- The name and address of the church which the group belongs to
- The name and address, phone number and email address of the minister.
Please email these details to us and we’ll send you the franchise agreement.
5. Complete forms
After the training and DBS checks have been successfully completed and returned to GB, you’ll need to complete the following forms.
Volunteer registration form: This is required for those who have trained to be a volunteer leader and we’ll send it to you once your group set-up is underway.
Mission relationship and registration: This outlines our commitment to working together.
Franchise agreement: This formalises the working agreement with GB. Please complete 2 copies of this – we’ll then sign them and return 1 for your records.
Following successful approval by GB, we’ll send to you written confirmation and an insurance certificate, showing that you can officially meet under the umbrella of GB and its insurance.