Many of you will know already that Janet Monteith from Warwickshire has taken on the role of Trainer Coordinator for Girlguiding Midlands. Janet has lots of experience of training in the Region and beyond and will continue the excellent work that Hazel Plant did to support our Trainers. Find out more about Janet below.

We caught up with Janet while she was chatting to Abi Salter, Chief Commissioner, about her new role. This is what she told us about herself:

What other roles do you have in guiding?

I’m a Guide Leader, mentor, Trainer, Tutor and I’m also Warwickshire’s Trainer Coordinator

What does the role of Region Trainer Coordinator involve?

It’s really about supporting the Region Trainers and County Training Coordinators/Organisers to enable them to provide good quality trainings. I will need to communicate regularly with them to keep them up-to-date, to enhance their skills, and to air and share. I will also represent them at national meetings.

What relevant previous experiences have you had which led you to this Region role?

I am an experienced Trainer both within Girlguiding and through my work, and I hold Module 5 of the Trainer Qualification which enables me to train at residential events. I also have first hand experience of organising a calendar of trainings in my own County so I understand the challenges!

What do you hope to achieve as part of this role?

Lots of exciting changes are happening within Guiding over the coming months that will require training support both for Leaders and Commissioners. My hope is that we can help Leaders to adapt smoothly to things like the upgraded membership system and the programme renewal.

In order to address this additional demand for training it would be fantastic to have encouraged more people to become Trainers (it is a very rewarding role) as well as increased the profile of quality trainings that the Region delivers, both locally and further afield.

Why is training important?

Girlguiding prides itself on being a trained organisation. Trainings are part of the Excellence framework and enable individuals to either learn new skills or enhance existing skills. They also provide a great opportunity to get new ideas and extend your Guiding family and support network. The skills that Leaders gain from training events also help increase their confidence, which in turn benefits guiding and ultimately the girls.

What should people do if they want to find out more about becoming a Trainer, Tutor, or Training Organiser/Coordinator?

Trainers (Region appointments) deliver trainings across the Region and beyond. Tutors are experienced Trainers who support Prospective Trainers to gain their Trainer Qualification.Trainer Co-ordinators are qualified Trainers who also organise local trainings.Training Organisers are non-Trainers who organise local trainings.

In the first instance I would recommend talking to somebody who already does one of these roles. They will give you invaluable insight as to what is entailed and the support/ experiences that you will receive on your journey. You do not need to have any prior training experience to apply. Further information about becoming a Trainer can also be found on the website.

You should try to find out who your County Trainer Coordinator is and get in touch with her! Alternatively there is lots of information on the Girlguiding website.

What is your favourite thing you have done, or your greatest achievement, as a member of Girlguiding?

Guiding has given me so many opportunities and experiences so to choose just one is hard. The Great Guide Centenary Getaway to Switzerland in 2010 was a fantastic experience. We visited Our Chalet and also participated in a variety of winter activities such as building igloos (big enough for 10 people), sledging, snowshoe walking and ice-skating. The week also included a real mountain top moment with a Promise celebration at the top of the Jungfraujoch mountain, visiting a chocolatier, and a closing ceremony celebration with other participants. The girls we took were a credit to themselves and Girlguiding. It was great fun – lots of brilliant memories and an experience that I would like to repeat one day.

What do you enjoy outside of guiding?

On those rare moments when I’m not Guiding or working (I am a full time accountant) I enjoy researching our family tree and doing puzzles.

What is you favourite biscuit and why?

Anything with chocolate on it …!

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

Supportive, pragmatic, and fun.