We caught up with Grace Morton, the newest addition to our Region Volunteer team, to find out about her new role with all things Queen's Guide Award.

What other roles do you have in guiding?

I have been a member of Girlguiding since I joined Rainbows at 5 and love it! I have progressed through all of the sections before becoming a leader in Warwickshire and then moving to Birmingham in 2013 for university. Throughout university I have been Tawny Owl for the Brownie unit based at Trefoil House in Birmingham. This is where I completed most of my Queen's Guide Award from for which I worked closely with Girlguiding Birmingham. During this time, I was heavily involved in founding the 18-26 group back in 2015 as well as being part of the Junior Exec group. Most recently I have had to have a year out to return home but I am so looking forward to getting involved again now!

What does the role of Queen’s Guide Adviser involve?

My role is a supportive role for the Region mainly through supporting all the Queens Guide advisors and participants. This could involve everything from promoting the award to organising activity days and training opportunities. I am here to support and encourage in whatever way I can to help those doing the award.

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

I completed my own Queen's Guide Award in June 2015, and my presentation was in September last year so I have been there myself! I started it when I was 17 so I completed the award while also doing my A-Levels and Degree - it was tough but I had so many people supporting me at that time so I'm very excited to be able to hopefully support others now!

I've done all sorts of things as a member of Girlguiding including volunteering on the stand at The Clothes Show, taking part in the new programme introductory weekend last year and attending the Girlguiding and Scouting thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey last year. This gave me the chance to properly meet Abi, the Midlands Region Commissioner and the Chief Guide!

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

I hope to be able to support and encourage existing participants in the Queen's Guide Award to be able to engage with Girlguiding even more and to do their best to achieve the award. I want to encourage more people to sign up and complete the award too - it's a challenge but such a fun one!

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

This is a tough one! My favourite thing that I have done would be all of the camps, weekends away and adventures that I have been lucky enough to go on. I have done everything from camping in the snow and being on a camp that was drowned out right through to representing Girlguiding Warwickshire in 2012 on a trip to India. I have gained so many fantastic memories and met some incredible people from all across the world. What other organisation would you be able to say that with?

What do you enjoy outside guiding?

I very much enjoy travelling and walking. I love exploring in and around Birmingham so I'm very much looking forward to exploring the rest of the Region too. I never miss an episode of Eastenders either!

What is your favourite biscuit and why?

I am a chocoholic so my favourite biscuit is by far and away the bourbon biscuit. I even get a packet for my birthday every year!

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

I would describe myself as motivated, caring and adventurous! And here to help so please do let me know if I can!