We combined our Rainbow and Brownie units

Leader Maureen tells us how the new 13th Hackney Rainbows and Brownies unit is making a difference in their local community

The Rainbows really look up to the older girls and see them as role models and the Brownies enjoy working with the younger girls and supporting them. 

The 13th Hackney Rainbows and Brownies opened last year and meet every Thursday at a community hall in Stoke Newington. We run the Rainbows and Brownies together and it‘s worked really well especially in terms of peer support.

The Rainbows really look up to the older girls and see them as role models and the Brownies enjoy working with the younger girls and supporting them. Running the two units together also means we can share resources and volunteers.

Setting up a homeless shelter for winter

The girls regularly engage in community work and help set up for the Hackney Winter night shelter every week at the end of their meeting. The shelter provides a hot meal and a warm bed for homeless guests who would otherwise be out on the streets during the coldest winter months.

Several members of the 13th Hackney Guides (who meet on another night) volunteer at the group and help to organise activities too.

What the girls say

Daisian, 6, a member of the 13th Hackney Rainbows said, 'Rainbows is really fun. We make lots of things and help each other.'

Evelyn, a member of the 13th Hackney Guides who helps with the Rainbows and Brownies said, 'I’ve been volunteering with the group since it opened and I really enjoy it. It’s great to see the girls having fun and making new friends.'

'I’ve a grown in confidence volunteering with the group and have come up with games and activities for the girls.'

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