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.’

Emily's story and photos of her visit to our Foxlease Activity Centre appear in the leadership issue of guiding magazine.

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