Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving 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.
Our girls are split into four different sections these are:
Rainbows aged five to seven
Brownies aged seven to ten
Guides aged 10 to 14
The Senior Section aged 14 to 26
We have four key messages they are: ‘We are for all girls’, ‘We give girls their own space’, ‘We give girls a voice’ and ‘We change as the lives of girls change’. These messages are represented through the range of activities and programmes that we deliver.
We are for all girls
We are for all girls and young women, whatever their background and circumstances. We offer them fun, exciting activities and the chance to make life-long friends.
• We are open to all girls – of all faiths and none.
• Our groups are fully integrated to include girls with disabilities, we offer grants to ensure that they and their carers can join us on camps and trips.
• We employ outreach workers to encourage membership in hard-to-reach communities.
We give girls their own space
We give girls a space where they can really be themselves with other girls and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world.
• We know from our research that being girl-only is one of the things our young members value most about guiding.
• Our Girls in Action project educates girls about sensitive issues affecting their peers around the world like violence against women, street children and girls’ education.
We give girls a voice
We give the girls the confidence, skills and information to make informed decisions. We show girls how they can speak out and take positive action to improve their lives and the lives of others.
• We produce the UK’s largest annual survey of girls’ opinions – Girls’ Attitudes – on issues from role models and equality, to university fees and plastic surgery.
• We have a dedicated youth advocacy panel called Advocate to help girls speak out publicly about issues they care about.
We change as the lives of girls change
We are relevant to today’s girls because we listen to them and constantly evolve and adapt what we offer them without losing what makes us uniquely us.
• Twice a year Girlguiding hosts the BIG GIG – a massive pop concert for more than 20,000 Guides – with performances from some of the biggest and most popular current artists.
• Our camps, holidays and trips give girls the chance to try new adventures, from quad-biking, orienteering and abseiling, to zorbing, canoeing and zip-wiring.
How people can get involved:
Volunteer with us: Every hour counts. Our incredible volunteers contribute more than ten million hours to guiding every year. Some give us a couple of hours here and there – helping out with driving for trips and holidays, fundraising and events planning, or even doing the annual accounts for local groups. Others give their time as Leaders or Assistant Leaders for units, providing girls and young women with a space where they can be themselves. Whether it’s an hour or two every few months or a regular weekly commitment, there are lots of ways to volunteer. More info here: https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/get_involved/volunteer.aspx
Charity challenges: these range from trekking to Machu Picchu, Peru (October 2015), Nightrider or cycle from Vietnam to Cambodia, running events such as The Great South Run or the Spartan Run and lots of other events here to.
Text to donate: people can text GUID35 £5 to 70070 to donate to Girlguiding and make a difference today.
Something that would be really great to support us on and draw people’s attention to is that in 2014 Girlguiding have been celebrating 100 years of Brownies with our Big Brownie Birthday. We asked Brownies which qualities and skills truly deserve ‘Brownie Points’. The results were inspiring, with taking a stand against bullying, being brave and independent and helping to fight injustice coming out on top. Girlguiding is now challenging the nation and asking people to try to earn their Brownie Points according to this new Brownie Points charter (please see below). We are also asking them to take the quiz ‘How Brownie are you?’ and share with us their results on social media (please do it yourself too!) – the quiz can be found here: http://www.girlguiding.org.uk/app/howbrownieareyou/index.html
How to earn your Brownie Points
Tackle one or more of the challenges below:
1. Be a good friend: Follow the Brownies’ lead and do a good turn every day – carry out at least one unexpected act of kindness to brighten up someone’s day this week.
2. Feel the fear and do it anyway: Try something you’ve never tried before. It could be zip wiring, abseiling or zorbing, speaking in public, signing up to learn something new or singing karaoke for the first time!
3. Be a survivor: Get back to basics Brownie-style – pick up a key survival skill and build your own camp fire, solar still or emergency shelter.
4. Fight injustice: Sign a campaign or raise awareness of an issue facing girls and women around the world.
5. Save the world…literally: Think green for the week – ban yourself from using plastic bags, swap an hour’s television every evening for exercise, reading or a game and have at least one meat-free day.
6. Fly the nest and explore: Take time to go somewhere you’ve never been but always wanted to go – even if it’s just the local park!
7. Paws for thoughts: Raise money or awareness of an animal cause or volunteer your time to a local animal sanctuary.
8. Be an active citizen: Pledge an hour of your time to fundraise, collect items to donate or volunteer with a local charity, foodbank or hospital.
9. Become a good person to have around in an emergency: Brush up on how to treat cuts, burns and nosebleeds and how to recognise heart attacks and shock.
10. Be an inspiration: Use this week to set yourself a new challenge – learn a language, set a fundraising target or aim to swim the length of the channel by the end of 2014.
Tell @Girlguiding how you’ve earned your Brownie Points using #Brownie Points