Brownies, Guides and Leaders are doing their bit for refugees

Social action in action!

Girlguiding blogger
28 Oct 2015

With the plight of refugees at the forefront of the news, our members have been taking action to support the relief effort

Girlguiding Montrose was so touched by the crisis that they decided to do something about it. They contact Angus Solidarity for Refugees, a local group of people working with aid charities, to deliver essential items to those that needed it. By advertising through local guiding units and the wider community, Girlguiding Montrose managed to donate four very large car loads of items for the relief project.

One unit - 1st Ferryden Brownies - spent an evening learning about the refugee crisis. Some of the Brownies made posters which were put up in their local area, and some wrote letters to Prime Minister David Cameron.

One Brownie, Bethany, wrote such an inspiring and thought-provoking letter that Girlguiding Montrose shared it on Facebook. Bethany was overwhelmed by the response: ‘I thought the letter would only be seen by the Leaders of Montrose and the Prime Minister. I didn’t think anyone else would be interested. I am proud it is making a difference.’

14th Chingford Guides have also supported refugees in Calais by donating their old tents. These have been sent to the organisation Calais – People to People Solidarity – Action from UK, who will distribute these items to those living in the Calais ‘Jungle’.

How is your unit involved in social action?

We know guiding groups all over the country get involved in helping their local and global communities – so tell us about it! This can be anything from supporting the relief effort, picking up litter in your local area or simply helping people.