How Queen’s Guides have made a difference

On Friday 13 November, 43 girls received their Queen’s Guide Award. Between them, they had been part of turtle conservation, put on a pantomime for charity and done all sorts of other social action. Here is just a tiny sample of their achievements

Girlguiding blogger
18 Nov 2015

The Queen’s Guide Award is the highest award a young member can get in guiding - and Friday was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all the hard work they’ve done

The award is made up of five different sections, of which ‘Community action’ is just one.

We can’t begin to work out how many hours these 43 girls have given to their local communities and causes they’re passionate about. Here are some of the different things they have done:

  • Visited an orphanage for disabled girls in Sri Lanka – Laura Timmington
  • Volunteered in an Age UK café in Darlington – Claire Nelson
  • Looked after, walked, cleaned and fed abandoned animals at the RSPCA (as well as fostering a few) – Danielle Williams
  • Helped out in a youth group for deaf teenagers – Heather Harper
  • Fundraised for international disaster relief charity, Shelterbox – Nicole Crompton
  • Ran ‘Bounce and Rhyme’ sessions singing action songs and telling stories to toddlers in local libraries – Gemma Grimmer
  • Raised money for Horse Boy Foundation UK a charity which uses ‘animal assisted therapies’ to support children with autism and their families – Louisa Mardel Sands
  • Volunteered at a nursing home for the elderly and mentally ill – Lizzie Lennox
  • Helped run a games group for adults at mental health charity Mind – Zoe Dumbrill
  • Helped turtle conservation in Costa Rica by litter-picking on beaches and supporting researchers – Briony Taylor
  • Volunteered in an Oxfam shop – Naomi Warrenberg
  • Spent a day dressed in a onesie in Edinburgh to raise awareness for Caudwell Children’s Charity – Sarah Farquhar
  • Worked with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to get girls to complete the My World survey so their voices were listened to when the UN decided the new development goals – Rachel Sloan
  • Campaigned for more Fairtrade products on her college campus – Charlotte Rowse
  • Provided first aid at large events through volunteering with the British Red Cross – Elisabeth Williams
  • Volunteered in a Coventry youth group – Chloe Dearden
  • Directed a youth pantomime of Aladdin which raised £600 for a girls’ school in Malawi – Rachael Bamford

What social action have you been part of?

Helping others and making a difference has always been part of guiding. It’s not only Queen’s Guides who do social action – all our members do, from Rainbows right up to Leaders. So tell us, what social action have you or your unit been up to?