Last night I was delighted to be able to join two groups of Guides and their Leaders and volunteers for one of their first meetings post COVID at the Radcliffe Centre just off Radcliffe Road.
The girls had a theme of red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen and participated in quizzes, cake decorating and fascinator making led by the volunteers.
It was so fantastic to watch them learning new skills and working together in teams. I was very lucky to at the end even be asked to judge the cakes and fascinators!
The centre is a brilliant community resource, and I learnt a lot from the Leaders present about the way Guides has changed over the years and the challenges they face going forward.
They are actively looking for new Leaders and volunteers across the community to be able to continue to run the units across Croydon and we are so lucky to have them volunteering their time to run the meetings and groups.
The Leaders outlined how they want all girls across the UK to have the space and opportunities they need to thrive, grow and give back to their communities. They let me know that there are more than 240,000 girls that already meet regularly as Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers and that together through guides girls can learn skills, grow in confidence, make lifelong friendships, help their communities and have lots of fun.
All guides are invited to make their Promise to 'be true to themselves and develop their own beliefs' and they welcome girls from every faith – and no faith.
If anyone locally is interested in getting more involved please do get in touch.