COVID-19- Advice/ IW Info./ Girlguiding Information for 2021.


Please see:COVID-19 (coronavirus) information for the Isle of Wight (


Please also remember that if you have symptoms you must self-isolate and arrange for a test, either by calling 119 or through a home test booking via

Useful contacts:

  • PHE Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Protection Team, tel: 0344 225 3861 (select option 2). 

Meanwhile, residents can help to #KeepTheIslandSafe by taking the following simple steps to limit the spread of the virus:

  • Wear a face covering in enclosed environments.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Self-isolate when infection is suspected or confirmed.


Covid Update

Girlguiding HQ has updated their information on returning to face-to-face Guiding. To return to guiding, either face to face or online, you must complete a risk assessment before your meeting. For any face-to-face meetings, whether indoor or outdoor, your local commissioner needs to sign off your risk assessment.

For all the update to date information click here and please share amongst your C&I’s:

Remember you can still meet virtually with your unit – take a look at the virtual meeting guidance – and we would encourage you to do so. We may not be able to meet in person but we know that girls need Girlguiding more than ever in these difficult times.

On the Isle of Wight some units are having virtual meetings via Zoom. Facebook (closed groups) and other IT outlets. Girls undertake games and activities and can show each other which badge they are completing as well as seeing Guiding friends who they can’t see in a face to face situation.

Letter to parents:

April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

During this strange time of lockdown across the UK we wanted to send a brief message to all our members and families to let them know we are still thinking of you all.

Although we cannot take part in our regular unit meetings, Girlguiding can still carry on in a wide variety of ways.

Some of your local leaders may be regularly communicating with you via your individual unit Facebook groups however not all Leaders have this as an option and Girlguiding Isle of Wight would like to share some of the ways our young members can carry on with Guiding activities.

Our County forums; website and Facebook pages are being regularly updated with activities and messages and all parents are welcome to join these pages.
As well as some of the challenges being set, it would be fantastic to hear about some of the smaller things you may be doing; whether an act of kindness for local neighbours or keeping yourself physically active, Girlguiding Isle of Wight would love to hear your stories.

If you have been taking part in the window art galleries, the clap for the NHS, sharing your Guiding Lights or doing extra Guiding interest badges, please keep us all informed.

Girlguiding has been going since 1910 and will continue once everything gets back to normal, but in the meantime, we wish you all good health, safety and happiness at this very difficult time.

Linda Stone. Island Commissioner.

01983 520873.


The Rainbow Commissioner on the Island has sent a special message to all Rainbows :

Hello Rainbows,
We are all so sorry that we won’t be able to meet as usual every week for now. It can feel scary when things change quickly but remember that your grown-ups and other adults are doing what we think is the best thing to keep you healthy and safe.

Even though we won’t see each other every week I hope you will carry on doing Rainbow things at home.
Don’t forget you can choose interest badges from your badge book at home to work on. How about the helper badge to start with?

I want you all to remember your Rainbow promise, especially the part about being kind and helpful.
The promise is:

I promise that I will do my best,
to think about my beliefs,
and to be kind and helpful.

Please don’t forget to Keep washing those hands!!


Be Well

  • Collect seeds from fruits and vegetables when your grown up is making dinner- peppers are great options! Find a nice spot on the windowsill to dry them out in a bowl ready to be planted.
  • Play hide and seek with your teddies: ask your grown up or sibling to hide them for you to find! Blow up a balloon and play keepy-uppies or balloon karate. If it hits the ground, you lose!
  • Make up a song or poem about your favourite fruit or vegetable to try and encourage others to eat it too. Look at the food packets in your cupboards. Do any of them have fruits or vegetables in them? Which ones do you think are the healthiest?
  • Play the memory game: find a few objects and place them on the table. Make sure you remember what objects you have found. Get a grown up to cover them with a towel and take one away. When they take the towel off, see if you can guess what object is missing!
  • Learn a lullaby and sing it to a younger sibling when it’s bed time.
  • Ask an adult to teach you the recovery position. Can you put them in it too?
  • Make yourself a fruit salad. Try and add something you wouldn’t normally try.
  • Play catch! If you can’t go outside, screw up a piece of paper and use it as a ball to avoid breaking anything!
  • Make up a dance to your favourite song. Perform it to your adult or siblings.
  • Find a board game you haven’t played in a while. Challenge someone in your family to a game.
  • Make bowling pins out of empty bottles and create your own bowling alley. Be careful when you throw the ball, a hallway is best!
  • Have a Scrabble or a Jenga tournament!
  • Take silly pictures with an old camera or phone. Make sure you ask before you take someone’s photo though!
  • Make a fruit sculpture! Maybe make a smiley face out of grapes, or use cocktail sticks to make a strawberry sculpture.
  • Put on old adult t-shirts, stuff them with pillows and pretend to be sumo wrestlers. Mind your heads!
  • Complete a puzzle. Can you think of the best way to finish one?

Have Adventures
• Take a small box outside and fill it with as many things as you can in 15 minutes. Count them up and give yourself a point for everyone.

  • Create your own scavenger hunt: Make a list of all the things you might find inside or outside and race to see who can find them all first!
  • Make an indoor zip wire for your cuddly toys using string and a hanger with pegs. Tie your string across the room, one end higher than the other. Peg your cuddly to your hanger and hook them on the string. Watch them go!
  • Make nature rubbings: get a crayon and some paper and find as many different textures as you can. Put your paper on top and rub the crayon over the paper.
  • Hold a mini Olympics!
  • Run, skip, hula hoop, dance, jump! Go out in to the garden or stay indoors, but make sure you have a nice clear space. Maybe you could create an obstacle course for you and your adult to try.
  • Make a mud pie. Ask for an old pot of container and find some mud! Just remember not to eat it.
  • Draw the seasons. What colours will you use for each one?
  • Grow a plant. Use seeds from dinnertime or seeds from the cupboards. Make sure to keep watering them and keep them in the sunlight. How high can your plant grow?
  • Do a creature survey. Choose a minibeast and go outside and count how many you see.
  • Ask your grownup to download the NASA app and tell you when there’s going to be a space walk. Go outside and wave to them!
  • Pretend you’re on holiday. Write a postcard to a friend to tell them all about it.
  • Spot moths! When it’s dark outside, take a torch and see what bugs are attracted to it.
  • Make a blanket fort and cuddle up with your teddies or your adult.
  • Get ready for bed by torchlight, pretend you’re camping in the dark- that way you’ll be ready if the light ever stops working!
  • Make your teddy a passport and help them travel around the world. Teach them something about different countries (ask your adult to find you a good website to help) and give them a stamp for each one.
  • Make a map of your house. Can you figure out which way is North/South/East/West is by where the sun sets? (Tip: the sun sets in the west!)

Skills for my Future
• Make perfume out of flower petals: pick some petals (check with your adult first!) then soak in water.
• Balance stones. Find some flat pebbles outside and bring them indoors. See who can make the biggest tower.
• Make a sandwich for your grown up.
• Make up a board game. Write the rules, create the board and the pieces and invite someone to play!
• Help your grown up with the washing. If the sun is shining, why not take some into the garden and wash it in a soapy bucket?
• Celebrate your favourite book by putting on a show.
• Make a musical shaker. Use a bottle, fill it with rice, pasta or small stones and make sure you close the lid properly!
• Investigate how different fillings make
• different noises.
• Design a new town. Where will the roads, houses and schools go? Don’t forget the fun things like zoos and libraries!
• Search around the house for all the loose change you can find. Add it up and decide what to spend it on!
• Write a book review for your favourite book. Talk about the characters and your favourite part but don’t give away the ending!
• Design a puppet. Give it moving parts and a name. Can you make up a comedy routine?
• Invent something new! Draw it and write about how useful it would be. Can you make it? Try and convince someone that it would be super important.
• Make a bridge out of materials in your home. Paper, card and straws are all great options. A good tip, triangles are a strong shape!
• Make a boat out of paper or card. Think about how to make it waterproof and float. Test it in the bath or sink. Can you make two and race them by blowing them across the water?
• Make and fly a home- made kite. You will need paper, string, tape and the wind!
• Learn to make a cup of tea. Ask your adult to
• supervise and promise to make them more!
• Make a sundial. Find a straight and stick it to a plate with bluetak or playdough. Put it outside and watch the ways the shadows move throughout the day.
• Make a rain gauge: ask a grown up to cut the top off of a big empty bottle. Place some stones in the bottom and then, using a ruler and a marker pen, make marks up the side every 5mm. Put the bottle top, upside down, into the bottle like a funnel. Place the bottle outside and check how much rain falls each night!

Know Myself
• Create a family tree! Ask a grown up to help you if you’re not sure. How far back can people in your house remember? If you’d prefer, try and make a family tree for someone famous, or even a cartoon!
• Draw a picture of your favourite animal doing the things it loves. Look after an animal in your home. don’t forget they are probably a little bored too!
• Make a list of things you would like to know about your favourite animal. Ask a grown up to show you a website where you can find it all out
• Design a flag for you, or a crest for your family. What colours will you include? What animals would represent your family?
• Make your own pet. You could make it out of anything you find: a sock, a pine cone, a rock or even a cereal box! Give it a name and don’t forget to feed and walk it around the house!
• Draw around your hand and choose five people who are really special to you. Have a go at writing their names on each finger.
• Think of your favourite animal. Make a mask and find clothes that are the right colour. Pretend to be them.
• Create a badge for some special people in your life. Who helps you at home or at school? What kind of people are they? Can you think of some special names for them, or some nice words to describe them.
• Make a poster of all of your favourite things. What would a new friend want to know about you?
• Write a newspaper article about something that interests you or something happening in your family.
• Put together a newspaper with all your news!
• Write a list of all your friends and one thing you like about them. What qualities do they have that you could try and have?
• Go stargazing. Can you spot the constellation that matches your star sign?
• Think about what you want to be when you grow up and pretend to be them for a day. Can you make a fireman’s hat or help an adult with some DIY?

Express Myself
• Make glue with flour by adding a little bit of water and stirring. Find petals and leaves outside and glue them to your paper with your flour paste.
• Paint with water! Choose a nice spot on the driveway, pavement or a paved area in your garden. Use a
• paintbrush, grass or a stick dipped in water to draw pictures on the ground!
• Draw something really big. Find a big piece of paper, a big cardboard box, or roll of long paper and make the biggest picture you can.
• Make bunting to decorate the house or the garden! Cut paper, old carrier bags or scrap fabric in to triangles. Staple, sew or pin them to string or ribbon and hang them up!
• Make a fairy out of things you find in the garden: flowers, seeds, leaves, twigs. Give her a name and find her somewhere safe to live outside or on a windowsill.
• Draw a self portrait. Could you draw yourself as an animal or a superhero?
• Make stars out of twigs. Find straight sticks and tie them in to a star shape with string.
• Write a story with yourself as the main character. Where will you go? With who? Be as imaginative as possible.
• Learn a song with actions. Ask your grown up to find you a suitable one on YouTube.
• Make funny faces in the mirror. Choose your funniest and see if you can make a grown-up laugh.
• Draw something impossible. Maybe a dream, or a scene from your favourite magical book.
• Draw pictures to represent your favourite things, or things you have to do often. Use them to communicate for an hour. Can you ask to go to the toilet or for a snack using just pictures?
• Learn the alphabet in sign language. Can you spell your name?
• Use your body to make music. Can you click your tongue, pop your lips or use your hands as a drum?
• Replicate a famous painting using paint. Or, make it bigger and use objects around the house as the colour!
• Retell a fairy tale that you know really well. Maybe you could change something about the story, or tell it from a different perspective.
• Use pens to decorate an old t-shirt. Ask your grown up first!
• Find a story from a different culture. Learn it, and think of an interesting way to tell it to someone else.
• Have a fashion show. Make it as creative as you can! Wear spots with stripes, lots of colours, or put your pants on your head!
• Think of a story you know really well and find a way to tell it in an exciting way. Could you make a puppet? Or a flip book? Or characters out of play dough?
• Make a phone out of cups (or empty tins) and string. Ask your grown up help with the cutting! Investigate how you can talk to people using them.
• Use glue, water and newspaper to Papier-mâché a balloon or a bowl. Paint a silly face on it when it’s dry.

Take Action
• Help at home. Ask your grown up what they need help with and do your best to try.
• Plan a party. Invite all your cuddly toys, or maybe the
adults in your house. Make sure there are lots of things to eat and drink- even if they are plastic!
• Make a bird feeder. Use lard or coconut oil mixed with seeds. Hang it up for the birds outside.
• Make a poster to encourage others to recycle. Make it big and bold and colourful!
• Create a hedgehog hideaway. Use bricks or logs, just make sure they are stable.
• Draw yourself as world-saving superhero. What will your superpower be? Will you be a recycling superhero? Or someone who feeds other? How will you save the world?
• Create something out of recycled items.
• Plant a kindness cup. Find a paper or plastic cup and decorate it. Fill it with soil and plant a seed. Water it, keep it in the sunlight and when it’s grown give it to a neighbour.
• Find a nice pebble and paint it. Ask your grown up to varnish it or cover it with glue to keep it shiny. Later, hide it somewhere for others to find on your way to school.



Activities for everyone (not just Girlguiding members) can be found by linking to Girlguiding (LH side of Home Page). In Adventures for All there is something to suit all tastes,  Good Luck with the activities and enjoy!.

Isle of Wight Information

Local Organisations Offering Help During Pandemic.
Local Authority (IW Council) working in conjunction with Community Action IW – co-ordinating local efforts
Support to access groceries and medication.
Volunteers also needed – Isle of Wight Coronavirus Community Help Group on Facebook
01983 823600 – open 9am to 5pm everyday

E mail:


Citizens Advice
Issues around money, benefits, housing or employment
03444 111444
Priority Service Registers
Ensures vulnerable people are prioritised in the event of water or electricity outage or problems with their gas supply.
0800 316 5457 (0800 316 5457 text phone)

0330 303 0277
0800 072 8625 or 0800 294 8604 if you’re a Pay As You Go customer.
Or you can contact by textphone on 18001 0800 072 8626.
Girlguiding South West England is keeping up to date with the latest information from UK Government and Public Health England.
Please contact the Region office if you have any concerns.
To keep up to date with the latest information please refer to the Public Health England website.

IW Council have also issued advice:

The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
a high temperature
a cough
shortness of breath
Self-isolation means you should:
stay at home
not go to work, school or public places
not use public transport or taxis
ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you but avoid visitors to your home.  Alternatively, you can order by phone or online, such as through takeaway services or online shopping deliveries. However, make sure you tell the delivery driver that the items are to be left outside, or as appropriate for your home.
For more advice on self isolation visit NHS online

You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection. For more information on the symptoms and steps to take, go to

For the latest advice for travellers returning from affected areas, plus guidance to schools and care homes, visit