Fresh Perspectives – Being your best in guiding
Fresh Perspectives – Being your best in guiding – 27 February 2016 at Shine Centre, Leeds
More than 50 members from across North East England joined together for a day of interactive workshops showcasing the amazing opportunities open to all young women through guiding.
The Fresh Perspectives event, which took place on Saturday at the Shine Centre in Leeds, was held thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
(Lauren Burnett and Emma Gees)
Overall, 17 Leaders and 40 young members attended, with members travelling from Newcastle upon Tyne and Grimsby, as well as local members from West Yorkshire.
The girl-only event gave members of Girlguiding’s Senior Section (aged 14 to 25) the chance to find out more about the huge range of adventures and activities they can access through guiding.
Girlguiding’s Senior Section, which turns 100 this year, offers a host of amazing opportunities to older girls in guiding – from international travel and adventure to advocacy and leadership skills.
15 members of the Senior Section focus group for North East England’s Spectacular Ewe Senior Section Spectacular event, ‘The Flock’, also met to discuss the exciting programme for the international and spectacular event in August.
Young members and Leaders learnt about the many schemes and opportunities that are available, such as the Queen’s Guide Award, becoming a Peer Educator and doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award with Girlguiding.
Guide Eliza Adamczyk-Hedley, aged 14, from Newcastle upon Tyne said: “It was great to hear everyone’s opinions! The Peer Education session was exciting. I also found out that I can do Duke of Edinburgh with guiding, which I had no idea about and cannot wait to get started!”
Kacey Dale, a 19-year-old Guide Leader from Scarborough, added: “I enjoyed meeting new people and learning about the Senior Section programme. I’m thinking about becoming a Peer Educator now and trying new things with the girls I lead! It’s good to go to new places and find out more about what is available for me within guiding.”
This event was the second event for members of the Senior Section to showcase opportunities; the first was held in Newcastle in November and a core group of members helped to steer the programme and communications for the February event.
The overall feeling of the day was enthusiasm and encouragement: girls left feeling inspired to try new qualifications, plan awards and lead other girls with support from their Leaders.
(Senior Section members play Twister!)
It was a successful event and the team from North East England would like to thank the Trainers and facilitators that worked hard to make the day the successful and vibrant day that it was.
(Carol Selwyn-Jones training Leaders of Senior Section units)
If you would like to find out more about the opportunities and events available for members throughout North East England, take a look at our events calendar for 2016!