How parents opened our new unit

Parents like Sara opened the first Girlguiding unit in Lowick for 20 years

I started volunteering as my daughter, Charlotte, has always wanted to be a Brownie. So when I saw the call for volunteers in the school newsletter, I thought 'why not?'.

The 1st Lowick Brownie unit opened in June 2015 and is the first guiding group in the village in over 20 years.

Lowick is a small, isolated village with a school population of just over 40 children. The school is linked to Holy Island, which is a tidal community cut off from the mainland for several hours every day.

Brownies broadens the girls' horizons

There is so little for the girls to do locally that I think it's really important for them to have a group like this. Sometimes girls in rural areas like Lowick only have a handful of children their age nearby so being part of Brownies means they get to meet many different girls away from their school friends and it definitely broadens their horizons.

A positive response

The local response has been really positive! The parents have been great too, offering to help out. Since, we've also chosen to open a Rainbow group for younger girls!

I'm a stay-at-home mum so my time is quite flexible which helps. At first, I was a bit nervous about running my own unit but with lots of help from the other volunteers I'm finding my feet.

Other opportunities for parents

There are so many different things you can do to help more girls benefit from guiding.