Support for additional needs
We provide specialist funding and support to girls and young women with additional needs so they can experience the fun and friendship of guiding
My husband and I were both nervous about the first Brownie holiday as it was the first time that Elice had been away from home. We were incredibly grateful to the leaders and the girls for giving Elice the opportunity to experience the independence and fun of a Brownie holiday - Kirstie Ferrett - Mother of Elice, a ten-year-old Brownie with a chromosome deletion disorder
We make sure that girls of all abilities have the chance to take part in guiding
We are for all girls. And we offer support and opportunities to girls of all ages, of all abilities and from all backgrounds and communities.
Guiding is about actively involving everyone, including those with additional needs. So all of our activities are flexible enough to allow every member to take part, and we provide any extra support that's needed to make that possible.
How we support girls with additional needs
- Our accessible guiding grant – ask your unit leader about our grants to help provide specialist equipment or support for disabled members on camps and other trips.
- A network of specialist advisers at the local level who provide support and information for leaders in their area.
- Guidance for leaders on adapting games and activities for young members of all abilities.
- Flexibility - we know that moving section can be challenging for some young members, so we are flexible about the upper age range of each section, up to a member's 26th birthday, so girls can access the areas of the programme most suitable for them. And move up when they feel ready.
How we support adults with additional needs
We are also dedicated to supporting adult members with additional needs so they can get as much out of volunteering for us as possible.
For more information about the support offered to girls and volunteers in your local area, please contact your local commissioner.
We are for all girls
'My daughter Tabitha, who has Down's syndrome, took part in every aspect of the camp and absolutely loved it. The beaming, confident girl that came home on Sunday afternoon was a joy to behold.'
'I loved Guides so much because I wasn't singled out for being different, like I was at school '
'My daughter Nancy, who has Asperger's syndrome, has been a Rainbow for over a year and she loves it, especially as many special schools and autism youth groups are boy-dominated.'
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