Redcar & Cleveland
Girlguiding Middlesbrough comprises a total of 28 units split between Rainbows. Brownies, Guides and Rangers across an age range of 5-18years. There are 129 volunteers who give up their time on a weekly basis to support 400 girls. Guiding provides the girls with life skills in a fun way, encouraging friendship across the ages. The programme is built around five essentials:-
- Working together in small groups
- Encouraging self-government and decision making
- A balanced and varied programme which is girl-led
- Caring for the individual
- Sharing a commitment to a common standard
In 2018 a new programme was launched with a structured series of activities that girls can undertake in each section with badges awarded on completion of a set number of tasks. The girls are encouraged to work in small groups called sixes or patrols and to decide and plan their own activities with a level of autonomy depending on the age range.
Money awarded to Middlesbrough Division will be shared amongst the 28 units and will be used to buy resources and badges for the new programme. In order to encourage further teamwork and allow girls to see other units, specific Division Activity days have been organised, the first being on a Christmas Craft Theme in November. Money from the Venator Fund would enable the activity days to be offered at a reduced cost enabling more girls to take part and encouraging girls from more socially deprived backgrounds to access the days.