Girlguiding Ambassadors encourage others to make a difference in 2016

5 January 2016

Six of our young members, aged between 10 and 19, have been appointed as #iwill Ambassadors for national charity Step up to Serve

Their goal is to inspire more young people to take action for change in the local community and across the UK through activities including volunteering, campaigning and fundraising.

The young women who have been appointed are Georgia Cartmell, 16, from Birmingham; Blaze Lambert, 16, from North Antrim; Deborah Mansell, 19, from Bath; Abigail Seaton, 13, from Sheffield; Emily Solloway, 18, from Milton Keynes and Lucy Bowie, 10, from Renfrewshire.

 

The girls were asked to become Ambassadors because of the huge impact they have made in their community from raising thousands of pounds for charity to giving up their time to run sessions on self-esteem and bullying for their peers.

16-year-old Georgia Cartmell is a Girlguiding Peer Educator and has delivered over 40 inspiring sessions on topical issues including body confidence to younger girls in guiding. Deborah Mansell regularly visits local schools to support students with their work and Emily Solloway runs swimming lessons for children with learning difficulties.

Lucy Bowie has raised over £2000 for charity through sponsored walks while Blaze Lambert jumped into her local harbour on New Year’s Day in aid of Spina Bifida.
The girls are on a mission to encourage more young people to help others in 2016. As the New Year gets underway, the girls are calling on more young people to make a positive difference in their communities.

I would definitely encourage other young people to get involved in their community in 2016. There are so many easy ways you can get involved and so many amazing causes that would be grateful for your time and effort. There are lots of ways to get involved in social action from raising money, to volunteering and spreading the word. Don’t be afraid to ask at local places like school and youth groups if you need ideas. Try and get your friends involved too! - Georgia Cartmell 

Deborah said, 'Social action has changed my life for the better – it’s good to get out your comfort zone.

'I wouldn’t be where I am now without volunteering – it has been a key part of job, university and placement applications and is a great way of showing personal development and employability skills.

'I would definitely encourage other young people to get involved in social action in 2016. Whatever time you have, there is something you can do to make a change. You will never look back – I haven’t – the more you do the more you want to do!'

From raising awareness about a cause close to their hearts or speaking out on an issue that matters to them – Girlguiding empowers girls across the UK to make the world a better place and have a positive impact in their community.

#iwill is a national campaign - which Girlguiding is part of - that aims to make social action apart of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. Fifty new #iwill Ambassadors were appointed in November 2015 to represent the campaign around the UK and promote the breadth and quality of youth social action.