How we're reaching out to girls in places new to guiding

Development Worker Becky tells us how she's bringing guiding to all girls, whatever their background

Girlguiding really is for all girls, whatever their background, religion or circumstances - and it's my job to reach out to them.

Leeds is a thriving city. It's a very multicultural place and is home to a spectrum of different religious and ethnic communities. However, there are also areas of extreme deprivation, and many people who've never heard of Girlguiding before.

That's why my role as a Development Worker is so important. I've been in guiding since I was a Brownie, so I want as many girls as possible to benefit from the same amazing experiences I've had.

Making guiding accessible for all

One of the challenges we face in Leeds is that many girls are unable to attend a group on a weekly basis because of transport issues or because they regularly attend the Mosque after school. That's where flexible guiding comes in.

We ran the South Leeds Holiday unit for several days over the summer and 18 girls came, which was fantastic!

We have to get creative about inviting people to these events, as lots of families don't have access to the internet and social media. So we went to a local family festival where we handed out flyers, ran sports and put on craft sessions. It was great to show people who don't know about us how much fun Girlguiding is. The day was a roaring success and I had the opportunity to engage with lots of new girls and their parents, many of whom have joined the Holiday unit.

How my work is supporting Being our best

The second theme of Being our best is Access. Girlguiding really is for all girls, whatever their background, religion or circumstances, and it's my job, along with 18 other Development Workers across the country, to reach out to them.