How we support disabled members

We make sure that disabled girls and girls with long-term conditions 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

Guiding is about actively involving everyone

Our activities are flexible enough to allow every member to take part, and we make any adjustments that are needed to make that possible.

How we support disabled girls

  • Our Accessible Guiding grant – ask your unit leader about our grants that help make guiding accessible for all.
  • A network of specialist advisers at the local level who provide support and information for leaders in their area.
  • Guidance for leaders on including disabled members and making adjustments, including advice on adapting games and activities for all young members.
  • 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 disabled adults

We are also committed to removing barriers to adult members volunteering with us.

For more information about the support offered to girls and volunteers in your local area, please contact your local commissioner.

What do we mean by disabilities and long-term conditions?

Disabilities and long-term conditions can include (but are not limited to) mental health problems, physical impairments, sensory impairments, learning disabilities or long-standing medical conditions.

Examples might include:

  • Diabetes
  • Autism and neurodiversity
  • Anxiety
  • Hearing impairment
  • Chronic pain
  • Asthma
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Visual impairment