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.

1st Heywood Brownies win this Year’s President’s Cup

1st Heywood Brownies win this Year’s President’s Cup

1st Heywood Brownies have been awarded the President’s Cup for having a brilliant programme this year!

Each year all Guiding groups in Heywood write a report of what they’ve been up to. These reports are then judged by Trefoil Guild Members who decide which group has had the most varied, beneficial and interesting year. That group wins the President’s Cup.

The Brownie Pack which meets at Crimble Croft Community Centre have had an exciting year involving lots of experiences, adventures and activities set to build on confidence, team work, education and overall fun.

The Brownies, aged 7 to ten, have done so much over the last year, including various Brownie badges (including Collector and Friend to Animals); learned new sewing skills and created mascots for an arts event; held a beach party; performed in their very own Brownies Got Talent night; and a Record Breakers Fundraiser!

1st Heywood Brownies holding the Presidents Cup

1st Heywood Brownies holding the Presidents Cup

In addition to their weekly meetings, the Brownies have also been on a camping weekend at PGL, and had a sleepover with the sharks at Blackpool’s Sea Life Centre!

Fay Nicholls, age 10 said “We are a great Brownie Pack! I enjoy being creative and having fun with lots of new friends. Everyone is kind to each other and going to Brownies makes me feel good.”

Tawny Owl, Katie Haigh, said “We like to give the girls lots of different experiences as well as including educational and confidence building sessions. We try to make these fun, so the girls can enjoy them and also take away what they have learned. It feels great when we see the girls smiling and enjoying Brownies. That’s what it’s all about after all”

Girlguiding gives girls and young women their own space to have fun, be themselves, build brilliant friendships and gain skills.

If you want to get involved, contact Girlguiding on 0800 1 69 59 01 or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Go for GOLD

Go for GOLD

Go for GOLD

Do you know someone aged 18 to 30 years old who wants a new international adventure? Encourage them to apply for this years’ Go for GOLD Weekend. It takes place from 30 September to 2 October 2016 at Miskin Mill, Pontyclun, Wales.

Find out how to book a place on Go for GOLD

Striking GOLD with Girlguiding

Planning is well under way for the first ever GOLD project in Aruba. Find out about the preparations being made and why the individual team members decided to apply for this year’s project like ‘GOLD-en hearted’ Miriam.

Read Miriam’s story

Top five things we learned at our briefing

What happens at a briefing and how does it help teams get ready for their next GOLD adventure? Team Estonia tell us about the skills they learnt and how they not only prepare them for their project but help them in their guiding lives as well.

Read about Team Estonia’s top five things

How to fill that GOLD-shaped hole in your life

There’s plenty to do after GOLD. For more international adventures, apply for Moot 17 or encourage your girls to apply. You can also do your Travelling Abroad module of the Going Away With Scheme and take girls overseas yourself. Remember the training you did for your GOLD project can also count towards your Trainer Qualification.

Find out more about becoming a Trainer

GUIDES RETURN FROM INTREPID ADVENTURE WEEKEND

GUIDES RETURN FROM INTREPID ADVENTURE WEEKEND

Guides from Lancashire South East have just returned from an unforgettable adventure weekend, called ‘Guides off the Grid’ in Ormskirk – where they were challenged to switch off all technology and get back to basics, through a variety of different activities.

Together with their leaders, the girls Rochdale, Heywood and Oldham joined over 400 girls from across the North West for the ultimate outdoor challenge. It was an action-packed weekend with a wide range of activities including; a high ropes course, climbing, abseiling, raft building, archery and orienteering.

The event culminated with a spectacular finale – an It’s-A-Knock-Out, giant inflatable assault course, complete with water pools and foam – in which girls competed in teams with new friends they had met over the weekend.

Amy Thulborn, aged 10 from 9th Heywood Guides, said: “The whole weekend was fab! I loved everything and made some new Guiding friends. The highlight was competing in It’s-A-Knock-Out.”

Imogen Zallman, aged 11, from 32nd Rochdale Guides added: “I liked being challenged with the activities we did. It was a lot of fun and my favourite was the It’s-A-Knock-Out!”

Alex Johnstone, aged 14, said: “I had a great time at Guides off the Grid and made loads of new friends. This isn’t my first time taking part in adventure activities, I’ve done it with Guides before. My favourite activity was the high ropes course – it was so much fun!”

Julie Bell, Region Chief Commissioner said “Guides off the Grid gave our girls from across the Region a fabulous opportunity to experience some great adventurous activities. The guides gained skills whilst having tons of fun and mayhem!”

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Aiming High – Imogen Zallman (32nd Rochdale Guides) (11) takes on the Climbing Wall!

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Guides from Heywood set sail on the raft they built

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Oldham Guides with their Leaders at Guides Off The Grid

Girlguiding gives girls and young women the chance to have fun, build friendships and make a positive difference in their community. For further information visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/joinus

YOUNG WOMEN FROM OLDHAM CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF GIRLGUIDING’S SENIOR SECTION AT HUGE GIRL-ONLY FESTIVAL IN LONDON

YOUNG WOMEN FROM OLDHAM CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF GIRLGUIDING’S SENIOR SECTION AT HUGE GIRL-ONLY FESTIVAL IN LONDON

Young women from 14th Oldham Guides joined hundreds of fellow Girlguiding members in London to kick off celebrations for 100 years of The Senior Section.

Sixteen Guides aged 10-14, from High Crompton, joined over 5,000 girls and young women aged five to 25 at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February at a huge girl-only festival.

The two-day event, called Spark, saw girls and young women step out of their comfort zone and take on adventurous activities such as bouldering, bungee trampolining, caving and zorbing.

There were so many opportunities to try something new and take on a new challenge – just like in the Senior Section itself. The two-day event called Spark, saw girls and young women step out of their comfort zone and take on various activities including adventurous ones like bouldering, bungee trampolining, caving and zorbing!

Other activities included a silent disco, roller disco, huge inflatables, virtual rowing and there was even a petting zoo and a BMX bike stunt display team! Luckily there were also some relaxing activities to try such as Yoga and Indian Head Massage.

Erin Mason, aged 10, said: “I had an amazing time at Spark! My favourite part was building a solar powered car! It was fun, but difficult to get them at the right speed.”

Sara Harrison, Leader of 14th Oldham Guides said: “We had such a brilliant day! Our Guides have experienced so much and had a great time doing it. We handed some very tired girls over to the parents!”

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. There’s so many opportunities to try something new and take on a new challenge.

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Over the past 100 years, Senior Section members have witnessed the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, swum the Channel, attended the UN Convention on the Status of Women, and represented Great Britain at the Olympics.

Celebrations will continue across the UK until October, taking in mountain marathons in Scotland, a carnival fiesta in the Midlands and a democracy festival in London.

A special steering group of Senior Section members have been involved at every stage of planning for the year – consulting widely with girls in guiding, and making decisions in everything from event design and activities to logistics.

Gill Slocombe, Girlguiding’s Chief Guide, said: “The Girlguiding adventure continues for young women right up to the age of 25, and this spectacular year of celebration is a great chance to shine a spotlight on the incredible achievements of our Senior Section members.”

“These inspiring young women have been at the forefront of planning and leading an unforgettable year of adventure, challenge and excitement for their peers.”

“Girlguiding’s Senior Section has evolved over the last 100 years as the lives of girls have changed. But vitally, in an increasingly complex world, Girlguiding continues to offer a safe space for young women to develop confidence, find their voice and reach their potential.”

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The Senior Section enables girls and young women aged 14 to 25 to be involved with Girlguiding in a flexible way, with each young woman choosing her own level of commitment; from attending a Senior Section group to training as a Young Leader with Girlguiding’s younger sections, Rainbows (5-7 year olds), Brownies (7-10) and Guides (10-14).

Many members opt to become inspiring mentors to their peers – delivering sessions on body confidence and healthy relationships to younger girls in a safe, girl-only space.

Senior Section members also drive Girlguiding’s advocacy and campaigning work, speaking out on issues affecting girls at the highest levels of government.

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.

LOCAL GUIDES CELEBRATE RECEIVING THE HIGHEST AWARD FOR GUIDES

LOCAL GUIDES CELEBRATE RECEIVING THE HIGHEST AWARD FOR GUIDES

Four members of 11th Ramsbottom (Holcombe) Guides are celebrating after receiving the highest accolade for Guides – the Baden-Powell Challenge Award.

Lauren Moppett (14), Amber Hewitt, Rebecca White (both 15) and Annabelle Worth (16) received their awards at a recent presentation evening at Emmanuel Holcombe CE Primary School – where the group hold their weekly meetings. The awards were presented by Jenny Burton – Bury North Division President.

The teenagers completed a range of exciting activities over a twelve month period to achieve the award, including organising and running a mini Olympics; building a bivouac, sleeping overnight in it and then making breakfast; and volunteering at a local Rainbow Unit each week.
Rebecca said “I particularly enjoyed the residential camp after I had completed all the award clauses, we had lots of fun and made new friends”

L-R: Jenny Burton (Division President), Kathryn Fry (Guide Leader), Amber Hewitt, Annabelle Worth, Rebecca White, Lauren Moppett, Janet Howarth (Guide Leader), Lynne Warner (Holcombe District Commissioner).

L-R: Jenny Burton (Division President), Kathryn Fry (Guide Leader), Amber Hewitt, Annabelle Worth, Rebecca White, Lauren Moppett, Janet Howarth (Guide Leader), Lynne Warner (Holcombe District Commissioner).

Guider Leader Kathryn Fry said: “We are very proud of the girls for completing their Baden-Powell Award”.

Janet Howarth – another Guide Leader added: “This marks the end of a lot of effort and dedication, and is something they can look back on with pride for years to come”.

Guides must complete ten challenges in different categories – which include Healthy lifestyles, Global awareness, and Celebrating diversity – as well as the Baden-Powell Adventure Challenge residential camp.

Girlguiding gives girls and young women their own space to have fun, be themselves, build brilliant friendships and gain skills.

If you want to get involved, contact Girlguiding on 0800 1 69 59 01 or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.