Over 100 Girlguiding volunteers from across the Midlands joined together on Saturday 10 October for an inspirational training day in central Birmingham aimed at supporting them to grow guiding even more across the region.
The first of its kind gathering, held thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, provided an exciting opportunity for Brownie Leaders to get together and share ideas so as many Midlands girls as possible can experience the fun, friendship and adventure of Girlguiding.
Volunteers left the day bursting with new plans for their Brownie groups and inspired to encourage hundreds of new girls and volunteers to join the charity over the next year.
Jane Johnson, who attended the event and is Leader for the 11th City of Coventry South (St Bartholomew's) Brownies said: “I think the day was one of the best trainings I have ever been to! All the sessions I attended were excellent and I learnt something new to try or think about in every one!”
All Girlguiding groups are led by volunteers who empower girls and young women to try new and exciting activities, develop their confidence and have fun!
Laura Price from Girlguiding Midlands, who helped organise the event, said: “Training days are a great opportunity for volunteers to hone their skills and get together to share best practice.
“There was a brilliant atmosphere on Saturday and feedback about the event has been really positive with Leaders excited to put what they have learnt into practice and encourage even more girls to benefit from the amazing opportunities offered by guiding.”
The training event was able to go ahead thanks to a generous boost of £150,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery – which supports charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are thrilled that our players are able to continue to support Girlguiding in its work, so that more girls than ever can benefit from the life-changing experiences offered by the charity.”