The Action for Change project has kicked off in the Midlands and applications are currently open to take part. Find out more about the Lead Volunteer, Sarah Clarkson, and why she is passionate about the project below.

What other roles do you have in guiding?

I am a Division Commissioner, a Brownie and Guide Leader and a Trainer

What does the role of Lead Volunteer for Action for Change involve?

As the Lead Volunteer I will be supporting the girls and young women who participate in the programme and the network co-ordinators who work with them as they spend an amazing  year developing the skills to take action about an issue they care about. At the moment we are planning for the inspiration week end that will launch the programme in October and recruiting people to join the programme. I hope every-one in the Region is busy spreading the word for us so we find those people who want to take action.

What relevant previous experiences have you had which led you to this Region role?

I think my experience as a Trainer and as a unit Leader will be useful and my experience of working with charities and voluntary groups has shown me how much is achieved when people work together to make a difference in their local community. In Girlguiding we are often involved projects that raise awareness or involve campaigning or fundraising for a campaign or planning events about things that we or the girls care about so Action for Change builds on our tradition of community action and active good turns.

What do you hope to achieve as part of this role?

We know we have lots of people in Girlguiding Midlands who are passionate about an issue and care enough to want to take action to make a change. Action for Change is our opportunity to find the girls and young women across Midlands Region who will be inspired by the programme to get involved in campaigning or projects that raise awareness of the issues that matter for them. I am looking forward to seeing what the participants and network co-ordinators plan to do and how they involve the girls in their units in activities, events and projects.   I expect the whole project to burst in to life once we meet the girls and young women at the week end in October and I hope for an exciting year of social action to follow.

What is your favourite thing you have done, or your greatest achievement, as a member of Girlguiding?

My favourite thing varies depending when you ask me! This week my favourite thing is having helped to set up a new Rainbow unit on a Saturday morning. Twelve girls and three Leaders are having fun finding out what Rainbows is all about.

What do you enjoy outside of guiding?

Outside of guiding I like my job, reading and walking, going to the theatre and the cinema and going on holiday,

What is your favourite biscuit and why?

I like a chocolate digestive because that’s what’s in the cupboard for the meeting tonight

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

Alive, alert, awake, enthusiastic- if I can have 4!