How we work

We involve Member Organisations and the voice of girls and young women in our operations and key decisions.

We aim to increase the participation of girls, young women and Member Organisations in our decision making through Regional Conferences, committees and working groups with volunteers and leaders from the Region.

Regional Conference

The European Guide Conference (Regional Conference) brings together Member Organisations every three years. During the Conference, senior volunteers and staff from across the Region celebrate achievements of the past three years and discuss strategies for the future development of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.

The Conference also elects six volunteers to the Europe Committee who work closely with the Europe Region staff based in Brussels.

Conference general WAGGGS Europe Region

Working Groups

At the start of each Triennium, the Region engages with new volunteers to support our work. Each group has a particular focus to support the implementation of the Strategic plan and these volunteer groups for 2017-2019 are:

The Growth Team supports Associations who wish to develop Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting in their country. They Provide support to Europe MOs to facilitate growth and sustainability. They provide support to MOs that builds their capacity in a specific area of technical expertise. This could include developing and delivering training sessions and on-going coaching. They also provide support to new countries working towards membership of WAGGGS.

The Growth Team is Led by Mel (UK) and Helen (UK), with Cathy (Ireland), Korana (Slovenia), Fliss (UK), Chrstine (Denmark), Yvonne (Ireland), Katarzyna (Poland), Ruth (UK), Fiona (France), Margrethe (Denmark), Marina (Ukraine).

The Communications Team is tasked with driving and implementing a communications strategy to raise the visibility of Europe Region and improve our engagement with Member Organisations. Working with our social media platforms and the Europe area on the WAGGGS website, this Group aims to increase WAGGGS’ visibility and to showcase the Region’s work. During the current Triennium, the team will be working closely with WOSM to update and relaunch the joint IC resource website, Europak.

The Comms Team is made up of: Lilit (Committee), Led by Sue (UK), with Sam (UK), Elizabeth (Denmark), Tania (UK), Elizabeth (Ireland), Pippa (UK).

The External Relations Team represents WAGGGS at European conferences, seminars and in the statutory youth structures at European level. They contribute to discussions and policy developments on European youth policy and a range of topics relevant to Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, including recognition of non-formal education and volunteering.

The External Relations Team is made up of: Eline (Committee), Led by Paula (Germany) and Olivia (Sweden), with Ros (UK), Jenna (Ireland), Tone (Norway), Hanna (Austria), Sophie (France), Jemma (Ireland), Alice (Italy) and Antonella (Italy).

The Gender and Diversity Team main objective for this triennium is to improve diversity across the region and raise awareness of gender issues. These topics are approached from six thematic areas including membership, educational programme, relation to society, finance, structure and management and training. Through consultation with Member Organisations, the team has written, tested and launched a new Gender and Diversity mainstreaming toolkit.

The G&D Team is made up of: Petra (Committee), Led by Eszter (Hungary) and Emma (UK), with Agnes (Austria), Radka (Czech Republic), Milena (Belgium), Annina (Finland), Jean-Marc (France), Irini (Greece) and Maria (Spain).

2016 Switzerland Autumn Team Europe Region volunteers pictured at Our Chalet in 2017
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