Information for GB leaders and members
Last updated April 16th 2021
The Girls’ Brigade Ireland has been advised that from April 26th 2021, youth work activities can take place outdoors, in pods of up to 15 people. This advice came from the Dept. of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth. Our Returning to GB Guidelines have been updated to reflect these changes and circulated to Captains.
Many Girls’ Brigade Companies are meeting online at present. Others are communicating with parents by text and posting out packs to members. Some Companies may now start to plan for meeting outdoors, some will continue to meet online while others will remain closed until the new session in September 2021.
Our Companies are all run by volunteers and so they know best what is appropriate in their own situations. We thank our members, parents, guardians and leaders for their patience and support this year. We are all learning together how to run our GB Companies in these new ways.
Girls’ Brigade HQ
Our National Secretary is working remotely and is available by email or mobile phone during usual office hours. Please get in touch before sending important letters or parcels to HQ.
GB @ Home
A programme of activities for children and young people to complete at home is available to download here. These activities are suitable for anyone, they do not have to be GB members.
Returning to In-Person GB Classes or Events
We have developed Reopening GB Guidelines which are in line with best practice and these have been circulated to all Captains. In addition, leaders will complete an induction training course run by the National Youth Council of Ireland before re-opening.
Members will be asked some questions in relation to their symptoms and contacts before attending a GB class or event. Some Companies will complete these online in advance of the GB class, others will do it in person on the day.
This video explains to you what you need to do to complete the online questionnaire in advance. If a parent is filling out the questionnaire, remember that you should answer the questions on behalf of your daughter.
You can access your Sportlomo account at this link: https://sportsmanager.ie/sportlomo/users/login
Check the Government website for the most up to date information and advice.
Spunout.ie offer Covid-19 updates and information written by young people, for young people. They also offer a text support service for young people feeling anxious or overwhelmed.
If you need support while you are in isolation, cocooning etc. you can call your local Garda station, or your Local Authority.