Volunteers vital to Girlguiding

THE local community in Northumberland may be aware that Volunteers’ Week took place from June 1 to 7.

As a volunteer-led organisation, Girlguiding UK is made up of a huge network of volunteers who run activities, manage accounts, advise on adventure and organise large scale events – to name only a few of the roles.

In and around Ashington there are hundreds of girls and young women who are part of guiding and experience the excitement, adventure and fun that we can offer in a special girls-only environment.

Recently, girls have learned first aid, been on a pack holiday, investigated chocolate and explored the local area.

Future plans include a trip to Durham’s Adventure Valley and canoeing on the River Ure.

These kinds of invaluable opportunities would not have been possible without the dedication and enthusiasm of our adult volunteers.

First and foremost, guiding is of course about providing fantastic fun for girls and young women.

However, people do forget that volunteers themselves get a huge amount out of it as well.

I have been involved with Girlguiding UK for 12 years and have gained so much from it, from leadership qualifications to enduring friendships made, but mostly the joy of watching girls develop in confidence and understanding of their own strengths.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the volunteers in Ashington division who make guiding possible.

For anyone who is curious to see how volunteering could make a huge difference to their lives, I would encourage you to get in touch.

Not only could you make a difference to local girls and young women but believe me you will gain just as much.

ALLISON WALTERS

Unit Leader

5th Ashington Brownies

(01670) 522303