Rainbows, Brownies and Guides

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun.

The Rainbows, Brownies and Guides assemble in the Church Hall on Monday evenings. The Rainbows are for the 5 - 7 year olds, meeting at 6:30pm until 7:30pm. The Brownies is for the children aged 7 - 10, they meet Mondays from 6:45pm until 8pm. The Guides is for children aged from 10 until 14; they meet on Mondays from 7:30pm until 9pm in the Church Hall.

The leaders of each of the groups are always pleased to introduce new members to their sessions, but there can be a waiting list for both groups from time to time.

Rainbows

We have fun Rainbows are girls aged five to seven and follow a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw, through which they can take part in lots of different activities with girls their own age. The activities of the Rainbows are designed to begin to develop the skills and understanding, which they will need both in their personal development and in the Brownies.

For further details contact the group leader, Gillian Smith on 01706 880116. or go to the Rainbows UK website



Brownies

Brownies are girls aged seven to ten who become a member of a Six and follow a programme called the Brownie Adventure. Brownies opens up a world of exciting challenges and the opportunity to try new things and to make brilliant friends. Brownies is our section for girls aged seven to ten.

Through regular meetings, special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays, Brownies learn new hobbies, play music, explore other cultures and get adventurous outdoors. Girls can also extend their knowledge and abilities by working towards Brownie interest badges covering many different hobbies and activities from Science investigator to Circus skills. Brownies become a member of a Six, a unit with a name such as Badger, Fox, Mole, Squirrel, Hedgehog or Rabbit, and follow a programme called the Brownie Adventure.

The name reflects the world of exciting opportunities, challenges and fun that is Brownies. The Brownie Adventure is divided into three areas: •you •community •world.

The focus of the evening is of course to have fun and the Brownies get a lot of satisfaction from the many craft sessions which are a regular feature of most evenings. The various craftwork sessions include making cards(Christmas, Mother's Day, etc.), calendars, posters and extend to cooking, community work, entertainment and many other activities.

Games are of course an ingredient with which every week's sessions are liberally flavoured. It is through the games, that the children, learn about each other and how to interact positively as a member of a group.

Topics will often be discussed, to enable the children to learn about other's views and to respect the opinions of others. Group activities also extend to joining with other local Brownies groups in the area, as well as the more intimate Camp Fire Evenings, which are held at the Church Hall.

For further details contact the group leader, Julie Gillies on 0161 246 2902 or go to the national Brownies UK website

Guides

Guides are girls aged 10 to 14 who are given the chance to explore their individual skills and abilities and try out new challenges as part of a team. Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects. Guides is our section for girls aged 10 to 14. By becoming part of a worldwide community of girls who learn together and share skills and experiences, Guides have the chance to get out there and do something really different.

Members take part in a wide range of exciting activities at their regular meetings, and at special events or holidays. Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects. Guides work together in small groups or 'Patrols' and, with the support of an adult Leader, choose and run some of the activities themselves using Go for It! resource packs.

The Guide programme is divided into five areas: •discovery of new experiences and challenges •healthy lifestyles •global awareness •skills and relationships •celebrating diversity. Girls can extend their knowledge and skills by working towards Guide interest badges covering many different hobbies and activities from Film lover to Independent living. They can also gain Challenge badges that recognise their participation in guiding over a period of time. The badges build towards the Baden-Powell Challenge Award, named in honour of the founder of guiding. As part of the Award, Guides would need to take part in a Baden-Powell Adventure. These are usually residential events organised locally - find a Baden-Powell Adventure near you and book.

For further details contact the group leader, Helen Booth on 07807 777755 email: hcmorgan2003@yahoo.co.uk or go to the national Guides website