Shortage of Dereham helpers leaves would-be Guides on waiting list
- Credit: Ian Burt
Taking part in Scouts or Guides is an important rite of passage and a treasured memory for many.
But girls in central Norfolk are missing out on the chance to get involved, due to a lack of adult helpers signing up to run sessions.
And Girlguiding in Norfolk is running a recruitment campaign to encourage more people to get involved - including in Dereham.
With a growing waiting list and not enough volunteers to offer these girls a place, Girlguiding is encouraging the residents of Dereham and the surrounding villages to give up their time so girls between the ages of 4 to 18, can have adventures, make friends, build confidence and develop skills they will use throughout their lives.
Whether it's trying abseiling for the first time, having a go at science experiments or taking action on the issues that matter to them, Girlguiding empowers a generation of girls and young women to find their place in the world.
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If you're someone who would like to help and inspire girls, then volunteering with Girlguiding is the chance to do just that.
Girlguiding Central Norfolk offers a variety of flexible volunteering roles so people can find something that fits with the time they have to give, from helping out at a meeting once a month, to going along to support at weekend events or running occasional sessions with different groups.
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Susan Newton, a local Guider said: 'I became a Guide Leader as Guiding makes me smile. No matter how challenging my day, no matter how tired or grumpy I feel Guiding sorts me out.
'I enjoy working with young people, I enjoy making them smile and I enjoy watching them grow and develop.
'In my time I have been a Guide, Brownie and Senior Section Leader, and I have made amazing friends and experienced amazing opportunities. It also gave me skills that I now use in my daily work life.'
Grace, a Guide said: ' I love coming to Guides every week and seeing my friends.
'I have met so many new people outside of school and learnt so many new things that I wouldn't have had the chance to try elsewhere. It's a great experience and lots of fun.'
Interested in volunteering with the Guides? Email Janet Leeson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website.