Oldham Pause For Thought

Oldham Pause For Thought

Each year, World Thinking Day is celebrated by Girlguiding members and Girl Scouts across the world on 22nd February. It is a day of international friendship and solidarity, which also marks the joint birthdays of Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell and his wife Olave Baden-Powell, who was World Chief Guide.

Girlguiding groups from Oldham West Division, ranging from Rainbows to The Senior Section, gathered at St Margaret’s Church to celebrate World Thinking Day as one. The theme of this year’s World Thinking Day was ‘Let’s Grow’ encouraging girls at all levels of guiding, from local groups to global guiding communities, invite more girls and young women around the world to experience what it means to be part of the Guiding Movement.

Sections from the Division joined to think about guiding around the world, singing songs and using readings to celebrate. The focal point of the event was the renewal of Girlguiding promises; each section took time to retake their promise together and light a candle for other guiding members.

Poppy, 6, from 43rd Oldham Rainbows said ‘I really enjoy Rainbows, every week we do something different. I really liked our sleepover, eating pancakes and playing games!’

Caitlin, 6, also from 43rd Oldham Rainbows said ‘Thinking Day is really good. We get to see what other Rainbows are doing all around the world. We also got to give food to those in need, guiding is full of sharing and kindness.’

Alongside this, guiding members also brought offerings for Oldham Foodbank which were collected together. Once received, Oldham Foodbank confirmed that a total of 80kgs of food was collected, which equates to 100 meals for any in need.

Girlguiding gives girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. If you want to get involved, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Milnrow Get The Community Thinking

Milnrow Get The Community Thinking

Girlguiding groups from Milnrow District gathered together to celebrate World Thinking Day as one, with celebrations focused on ‘Growing’. This year Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from Milnrow District gathered to decorate the well-known Community Tree on Newhey Road.

Each unit from the area designed their own wishes for fellow Girlguiding members. These ranged from good health to messages of self-confidence, these well-wishes were then decorated and laminated to withstand the tests of weather.

Representatives met on Saturday 18th February to bring all the well-wishes to the Community Tree, decorating it with colour. This is one of the focal points of the community and will be seen by thousands as they travel past.

Ella Davidson, 9, a Brownie from the District said ‘I look forward to Brownies every week; my favourite activity from the past year was our Pack Holiday Trip to Knowsley Safari Park.’

Regarding the Community Tree, Ella said ‘I really enjoyed writing my message for the tree; I decorated it brightly so it will stand out. I hope everyone gets to see our messages.’

District Commissioner, Gill Lowe, said ‘I’d like to thank all the Units for their wonderful work. We’ve all really enjoyed thinking about guiding members around the world. The girls have made us extremely proud and we are glad at this opportunity to share their wishes with the community. The Tree is a big focal point, we hope everyone will take time to come down and have a look.’

Milnrow District is currently booming with young girls eager to join. For these girls to gain the unique experiences Girlguiding can offer there is always a need for additional adult help, this ranges from a full Leader position to Occasional Helpers. If you are interested in joining Girlguiding visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Girlguiding gives girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. If you want to get involved visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Heywood Senior Section Take The President’s Cup

Heywood Senior Section Take The President’s Cup

The highly anticipated awarding of the President’s Cup saw Heywood Senior Section emerge as victors within Girlguiding Heywood Division. The President’s Cup is awarded by the Division President who reviews the annual programmes of each Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and The Senior Section unit within the Division. The winning programme must tick all the right boxes, including being varied, beneficial and interesting for the young members.

2016 also saw The Senior Section celebrate their 100 years centenary in style. New, interesting and exciting activities saw the members travel the length and breadth of the country. From Liverpool day-trips to red carpet, Centenary balls at the Palace Hotel in Manchester.

Heywood Senior Section added to these by announcing themselves within their local community in a big way; taking part in the annual 1940’s day, Charities Fete and two Christmas Markets. This was topped off at Christmas when the young members selflessly gave up their own Secret Santa event to provide an early Christmas present to the less fortunate of Manchester with each girl donating some of life’s essentials.

Beth Tennant, The Senior Section Leader, “I have had a fantastic year. These girls are an inspiration to not only me, but to any within the community. I’m proud to be their leader and friend. Winning the President’s Cup has simply put an exclamation point at the end of our amazing journey in 2016.”

Charlotte Quinn, 18, “2016 has been the best year and I’m looking forward to 2017, I will be away at University but I will be coming back as often as I can, I certainly won’t be missing any events!”

To find out more about how to get involved visit: www.girlguiding.org.uk

Senior Section’s Selfless Secret Santa

Senior Section’s Selfless Secret Santa

Heywood Senior Section are bucking the trend this year and will be foregoing their Secret Santa to truly delve into the Christmas ‘Spirit of Giving’ by providing someone less fortunate with some of life’s essentials.

Having personally witnessed the struggles many face living on the streets, especially at this time of year with unpredictable weather, the Girlguiding Unit decided they will try and do their bit to improve an individual’s needs. The young women, aged 14-25, will be creating a Christmas Care Package with the supplies to be purchased by the Senior Section members.

After discussing the topic; a list of some of life’s essentials was created and each member volunteered to supply an item off the list. Items range from a pop-up tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat to some essentials we may take for granted; warm socks, tissues and wipes. Less than 24 hours later and these items had been purchased, brought together and picked up to be distributed to the most in need.

Niamh Furlong, 15, said ‘Christmas is my favourite time of year. We should be so grateful for everything we have. It’s been such a lovely experience, knowing we are helping someone less fortunate and being able to give back to the community.’

Beth Tennant, Senior Section Leader, said ‘I am unbelievably proud of how the girls have grasped this opportunity. Their selflessness is a shining example of goodness that can be found in the youth of today.’

Girlguiding gives girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. If you want to get involved, contact Girlguiding on 0800 1 69 59 01 or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Young Women Celebrate 100 Years Of Girlguiding’s Senior Section In Style At Liveitup!

Young Women Celebrate 100 Years Of Girlguiding’s Senior Section In Style At Liveitup!

Girlguiding members from across Lancashire South East came together with Members from across the Region, in Liverpool this weekend to celebrate 100 years of The Senior Section, at a unique event called LiveItUp!

32nd Rochdale Rangers from Shawclough, Tottington Rangers, and Heywood Senior Section, joined over 400 young women from across the North West at the all-day event which focused on social action and celebration.

The young women took part in a number of different projects in and around Liverpool. From hosting activity days, to property maintenance and conservation projects, these girls did it all, making a real positive change to the local community.

32nd Rochdale Rangers worked with The National Trust Rangers at Formby restoring the coastal footpaths.

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32nd Rochdale Rangers restoring footpaths at Formby National Park

Tottington Rangers spent the day with the British Red Cross – and hosted an activity session with the asylum seeker community.

Tottington Rangers taking part in the British Red Cross activity day

Tottington Rangers taking part in the British Red Cross activity day

Heywood Senior Section worked with Person Shaped Support, on their Dutch farm, helping harvest crops and prepare the beds for replanting, painting the garden furniture, and planting bulbs.

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Heywood Senior Section maintaining the Dutch Farm

At the end of the day, the members came together to celebrate the centenary at the cutting-edge entertainment venue, Camp and Furnace. The girls enjoyed live music, local bands, incredible street food and much more.

Jeska Kelly, aged 15, from Rochdale said: “I had a great time at LiveItUp! My favourite part was the party – but it was also great working on the social action project – it was really rewarding.”

Jordan Fishburn, aged 16, from Heywood said: “The whole day was fantastic! From helping to maintain a wonderful garden, all the way to insanity beach at night. An opportunity like that doesn’t come around very often, which is why I am proud to be a member of Girlguiding.”

Katie Bevan, aged 19, added: What a fabulous day! And a special event to conclude the Senior Section Spectacular year! I loved working outdoors to help the community in Liverpool, and making a positive difference.”

Julie Bell, the Region Chief Commissioner said: “LiveItUp has been a truly inspirational, action-packed and fun-filled day. Social action has been at the heart of Girlguiding for the last 100 years, so this is a really great way to celebrate our centenary.”

A special panel of Senior Section members have worked alongside adult volunteers to organise this event. They have been involved at every stage of the planning, from consulting widely with other Senior Section members to making decisions on everything from event design and activities to logistics.

Open to all girls and young women aged 14 to 25, The Senior Section offers a host of amazing opportunities to older girls in guiding; from international travel and adventure to advocacy and leadership skills.

For more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/joinus

Girlguiding Members Speak Out at Pride

Girlguiding Members Speak Out at Pride

Girlguiding members from Lancashire South East County supported Girlguiding North West England at Manchester’s Pride festival, a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT*) community.

Over eighty volunteers showed off their ‘guiding pride’ in the vibrant and exciting parade, which was watched by thousands of people. To fit in with this year’s festival theme; ‘fairytales’, the volunteers worked hard to create a magical parade entry and stand full of enchanting items.

The UK’s leading charity for girls and young women is inclusive, and open to all girls.  Attending Manchester Pride was a chance to celebrate its diverse membership. Girlguiding North West England also had a stall, where visitors had the opportunity to talk to the members of the charity about the fantastic experiences available through guiding.

Jess Timperley, 20, from Rochdale who helped at the event said: I had a great time at Pride representing Girlguiding North West England, it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the amazing opportunities that Girlguiding offers.”

Natasha Maude, 22, from Oldham who helped at the event said: “This is the second time I’ve represented Girlguiding North West England at Pride, its always such a fun experience. Pride was a great way to show that Girlguiding is for all girls, and that we accept everyone for who they are.”

Julie Bell, the Region Chief Commissioner said: “We had such an amazing success at Pride, it was great to showcase some of the amazing things we get up to with Girlguiding. The volunteers came from all over the North West, so it was a fantastic time to make new friends and renew old ones.”

Girlguiding has over half a million members across the UK and provides amazing opportunities for girls and young women to try new and adventurous activities, develop in confidence and find their voice.

For more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Guiding Idol’s From Across The County Are Recognised As Inspirational Role Models

Guiding Idol’s From Across The County Are Recognised As Inspirational Role Models

Only 64 Guiding Idols in total from across the whole of North West region
Women recognised at Girlguiding North West England HQ celebration

Five Girlguiding volunteers from across Lancashire South East received an unforgettable surprise when a group of girls and young women recognised them for their volunteer efforts.

They have recently been named as some of 64 ‘Guiding Idols’ in Girlguiding North West England – a campaign led by the regional charity to recognise its volunteers for their efforts. This year’s celebration is extra special, as it falls within The Senior Section Centenary. Girlguiding’s Senior Section is open to all girls aged 14 to 25, offering a host of amazing opportunities told older girls in guiding – from international travel and outdoor adventure sports to peer mentoring, advocacy and leadership skills.

Girlguiding North West England members were asked to nominate a Guiding Idol – a volunteer that they felt was an inspirational role model. Following the nominations, a youth panel of girls and young women, aged 5 to fourteen, were tasked with the difficult challenge of selecting nominees from each of the charity’s seventeen guiding counties.

The youth panel announced that they had selected 64 volunteers from across the North West and that each Guiding Idol would be invited to attend a special celebration afternoon on June 12th 2016 at Girlguiding North West England’s Region Headquarters in Preston.

The event included thought-provoking activities, a mocktail masterclass for the Guiding Idols and an afternoon tea with a twist. Amid the celebrations, the volunteers received a Region Thanks badge from the Region Chief Commissioner, Julie Bell, and had yet another surprise when a plaque was unveiled in the Region Headquarters’ garden – a memorable tribute that named all 64 Guiding Idols for their achievement.

Beth Tennant, a Leader with Heywood Senior Section said: “Working with the older girls in Senior Section, is just so incredibly rewarding, you see them grow and flourish from awkward teens into beautiful young women. The world at their feet and a wealth of opportunities open to them. I love that with a little encouragement they blossom into confident young leaders, or prepare to go on international opportunities. Young people are often thought of so negatively in the press and I am proud to be a leader working with a group of girls who are people you want to be around and friends with. I like who I’ve become since working with them. I don’t do what I do for recognition I do it because I love it, of what the girls give to me, so to be recognised in such a way is really very humbling.”

Charlotte Quinn, a Member of Heywood Senior Section said: “Guiding has always been such a huge part of my life, I’ve made friendships for life and have developed skills and myself in a number of ways! I volunteer within guiding for my love of it, and to receive a nomination was humbling although it definitely wasn’t something I expected. The celebration event was brilliant- I not only celebrated with people I know and love but I was introduced to more lovely people in the guiding family all around the North West! It was an excellent day that I feel privileged to have had a part of.”

Rosie Richards, a Member of 44th Rochdale Senior Section said: Guiding has had a major influence on my life and personal development – without Guiding I would not have had the same experiences and I would not be the person I am today. Guiding has taken me around the world from Peru and Chile to Japan and has given me skills which have helped me professionally. But most importantly Guiding offers fun, friendship and a supportive environment for girls to thrive in. I am delighted to have been nominated as a Guiding Idol. Over the years I have benefited enormously from the help and support of my own personal Guiding Idols and I am please to be able to offer similar inspiration to others. I am looking forward to starting my new role as the County International Advisor and supporting more girls access international opportunities.”

Jess Timperley, also a Member of 44th Rochdale Senior Section said: “So sad that I couldn’t make it to the celebration event. I was really surprised and honoured to be chosen as a Guiding Idol. Guiding has been, and continues to be a huge part of my life. What I love most is the opportunity to meet so many inspiring women and make so many amazing friends within the Guiding community.’”

Louise Cope, Leader of Tottington Rangers said: Girlguiding has been in my blood since joining Brownies (there were no rainbows when I started guiding!). Once I joined our local Ranger unit at 14 years old I knew that this was the age group I wanted to work with. I have been with that same Ranger group as a Ranger, Assistant Leader and Leader since that day. The number of girls I have seen flourish as independent, confident individuals in that time has been humbling.  Senior Section is a challenging age group, supporting girls, not just through their Guiding, but through their GCSE’s, their A-Levels, their driving tests, their relationships and other key moments in their lives. I feel so proud when I see or hear of their successes in graduation, travelling abroad, securing careers, getting married and starting families. To have been nominated for a Guiding Idol award was an amazing surprise but seeing all those girls succeed in life and hoping that I have played a key part in that success is what Girlguiding is all about, our sense of achievement as leaders and that is the greater reward.”

Julie Bell, Region Chief Commissioner, said: “Once again, we’ve had a fantastic response to the Guiding Idols campaign and we’re looking forward to doing it all over again next year. We wanted to thank our volunteers for all the hard work and effort they put into Girlguiding and with the support of our young members, we’ve been able to celebrate our amazing volunteers in a really memorable way.”

Guiding is active across the whole of the UK and in the North West of England we have 14,619 inspirational volunteers who give their time where they can. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities.

If you have a couple of hours to give or want to volunteer on a regular basis, explore Girlguiding’s flexible opportunities at www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested

Guiding Idols celebration afternoon held at Girlguiding North West England’s Region Headquarters in Preston: Louise Cope from Tottington Rangers, Charlotte Quinn from Heywood Senior Section, Rosie Richards from 44th Rochdale Senior Section, Littleborough, and Beth Tennant from Heywood Senior Section)

Guiding Idols celebration afternoon held at Girlguiding North West England’s Region Headquarters in Preston: Louise Cope from Tottington Rangers, Charlotte Quinn from Heywood Senior Section, Rosie Richards from 44th Rochdale Senior Section, Littleborough, and Beth Tennant from Heywood Senior Section)

About Guiding Idols

The Guiding Idols campaign launched for its third time in April and ran until May. During this time, Girlguiding North West England members were asked to nominate inspirational volunteers to become 2015 Guiding Idols.

Overall, 129 nominations were received and a youth panel selected 63 of these to become this year’s Guiding Idols. The final Guiding Idols are volunteers from across the North West of England. The campaign culminated with a celebration afternoon at the regional headquarters on the last day of national Volunteers’ Week, Sunday 12th June.

The campaign first launched in 2014, as part of Girlguiding North West England’s support for Volunteers’ Week – a national celebration week that sees organisations thank their volunteers.