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