Appeal launched to find volunteers for Clevedon girl guiding group

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 September 2018

Brownies climb onboard a fire truck.

Brownies climb onboard a fire truck.

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A Clevedon girl guiding group is urgently looking for new volunteers to help it launch a brand new programme.

Volunteers enjoy a day out with the guides.Volunteers enjoy a day out with the guides.

Girlguiding has undergone its biggest ever overhaul in the charity’s history with a whole new set of badges to get young girls ready for the real world.

Now the Clevedon East District branch is looking for people to come forward and help to lead its 250-strong group.

Girls aged five to 18 attend the Clevedon group across rainbows, brownies, guides and rangers and there are a further 50 youngsters on the waiting list.

District commissioner Helen Harris said: “Volunteering with us is not just about campfires and helping girls to get their next badge – although those are special moments which we all share – it is about empowering girls and giving them new experiences. It is about being a role model and helping them to realise their full potential.”

Brownies enjoy a day in London.Brownies enjoy a day in London.

Eight-hundred new badges and activities have been designed as part of the new programme, which will help to equip more than 400,000 girls and young women around the world to develop new skills and experiences they will need to thrive, succeed and make changes in the modern world.

The badges are divided into four types; interest, skills, group activities and awards all surrounding six themes – skills for the future, have adventures, be well, know myself, express myself and take action.

Ms Harris added: “I have made some of the best and closest friends I’ve ever had during my time volunteering for Girlguiding and would be lost without them.

“We have amazing training programmes including first aid and safeguarding and new volunteers are assigned a mentor so you are never just thrown in at the deep end.

Brownies enjoy a day in London.Brownies enjoy a day in London.

“But the best thing is we get to do what the girls enjoy doing too. “We are there dancing and singing along at Wembley with 12,000 guides at the annual Big Gig concert and we are abseiling and zip wiring on camp and brownie holidays.

“We love what we do and get as much out of it as the girls do. “There really is something for everyone whether you are a five-year-old rainbow or a 40-year-old brown owl.”

To find out more about volunteering opportunities, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved or speak to get in touch with Helen at brown-owl@live.co.uk or call 07769 656554.

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