Girls of all abilities can be leaders
Emily, Peer Educator, says that girls of all abilities can take on leadership roles in guiding
My visual impairment means I might have to approach things differently to others, but that’s no reason not to try.
As a Peer Educator, Emily runs sessions on mental well-being and self-esteem throughout her Division - and she doesn't let anything hold her back
‘I joined Brownies at seven, and have been a part of Girlguiding ever since.
It’s a brilliant environment for all kind of girls.
'Although I was born with a genetic condition that means I’m visually impaired, it’s never held me back.
'Our Division has even run sessions on the physical challenges some people face: I did a talk on my condition and a girl with cystic fibrosis spoke too.
‘When Sarah, our Unit Leader, decided we needed a peer education session, I signed up for the course. I now run sessions, such as Think Resilient on mental well-being, and Free Being Me on self esteem, for lots of other Divisions.
I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned and the time it gives me to interact with other units.
'It’s also a great chance to learn from the way they do things.
‘I think it’s important to encourage girls of all abilities to take on leadership roles. A disability won’t stop someone achieving what she wants – it may just mean she has to do it in her own way. I’ve found I might have to approach things differently to others, but that’s no reason not to try.’