The local community welcomed our Saturday unit

Guiding gave girls their own space in a Bradford area with no activities for girls aged 5 to 13

A girls-only safe space was very important, and welcomed by the community. The units provide the girls with a space to be themselves but to also challenge themselves.

Marshfields is an area in Bradford with high levels of deprivation. Until three yeas ago, it had no history of guiding.

A local regeneration scheme, Bradford Trident, found in a survey that there was a lack of activities for girls aged between 5 and 13 in the area. To address this, a Saturday Brownie unit opened, quickly followed by Rainbow and Guide units. Three years on and nearly 50 girls are still having fun, making friends and being a powerful force for good in their community.

Becky Hutchinson, Division Commissioner for Bradford South says: 'Girlguiding responded to the needs of the community by opening these units. The units run on a Saturday to fit in with other commitments the girls have after school.

'Girls have taken part in a variety of activities including outdoor adventure days, holidays and camps, a visit to 10 Downing Street for the Big Brownie Birthday, a trip to the BIG GIG concert, getting involved in the Girls Matter project, as well as completing lots of badges! '

Growing guiding with Youth United

The Marshfields Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units were opened thanks to funding from Youth United's Supporter Inclusion Programme (SIP).