Look Wider

Look Wider is a personal development programme for members of The Senior Section - set goals, gain skills for life and reach out to your wider community

Look Wider! And when you are looking wider, look wider still. - Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Girlguiding founder

Look Wider is the core programme for The Senior Section. It gives you the opportunity to push your boundaries, develop practical skills for life and have a real impact on your local - and global - community.

What are the benefits?

The activities covered by the Look Wider programme will encourage you to expand your horizons. Create your very own website, get involved in local government, train to become a lifeguard, plan a wedding or civil partnership, learn another language - the activities included will help you become the person you want to be.

The programme is also designed to be compatible with many other awards and accolades - such as the Queen’s Guide Award and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Qualifications offered by other organisations - or those you've gained through education or employment - can also be used towards Look Wider. This way, you're making the most out of your learning and development.

What do I have to do?

Look Wider can be undertaken on your own or as part of a group. It is divided into eight areas called octants.

  • Community Action - make a positive difference in your community - be it your immediate area or the wider global community.
  • Creativity - develop your creativity and try new activities.
  • Fit for Life - think about the things you need for a healthy mind, body and soul – how to increase your fitness and encourage others to be fit for life too.
  • Independent Living - spend time building skills that will help you live independently – a valuable part of being involved in guiding.
  • International - gain awareness and experience of international issues and cultures.
  • Leadership - develop leadership skills that will open doors for you in the future.
  • Out of Doors - appreciate, explore and enjoy the great outdoors.
  • Personal Values - think about and investigate what makes you who you are and develop an understanding of other people’s values.

These eight octants are each divided into three phases, which require different levels of time and commitment.

  • Phase 1 is all about trying out 'taster' activities relevant to an octant.
  • Phase 2 involves undertaking a single activity in more detail.
  • Phase 3 involves doing one activity over a longer period - a minimum of 30 hours for something you're simply learning, and a minimum of 20 hours if you're completing a formal qualification or planning to teach the activity to others with less experience.

Once you've completed all three phases of an octant, you'll gain an octant badge and a certificate.

Each phase can be undertaken on your own or alongside other members, but you must personally meet the requirements of each phase to count it towards your award. Likewise, octants can be completed in any order - and you can do activities towards more than one octant at the same time if you're feeling adventurous!

Get started

To start planning your Look Wider programme and to find out more about the octants and phases - including suggested activities - download the full resource.