Free Amazon Tours

Experience a tour of an Amazon fulfilment centre to give your unit a behind the scenes look at how our centre operates.  You will see first-hand the technology that helps us to deliver to our customers all across the globe.

At our site we deal with the larger items, so we have a lot of trucks operating on site and you will even get a close up look at some of our trucks.

The tours last approximately 1 hour, sometimes a little over as our last tour stop is really cool! We can accommodate groups of around 30 and we are flexible on the start time of the tours when hosting groups.

This is a really good opportunity to see how Amazon operates and the tours are free!

We are located in Doncaster, junction 3 off the M18

If you would like more information or to book on a tour please contact Adam Asquith, Tour Lead on 07795 668257 or aaasquit@amazon.com

Child Genius

Hi there

I am currently working on the seventh series of Child Genius and we are looking for parents with high-achieving 8-12 year olds who might potentially be interested in hearing more about it.

My reason for getting in touch is to see if you might be able to circulate the attached flyer to parents of your Girlguides units that might want to apply. Alternatively, follow this link to be taken to the application form:

https://www.walltowall.co.uk/casting/child-genius-2019_612.aspx

We understand that taking part in a TV show is a big decision, so as part of our casting process we will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 4th May in London for lots of children and their families to attend, with no obligation to take part in the series. It is a fun day, offering parents and children a chance to find out more about the show, plus an opportunity to meet other like-minded children, and take part in a series of fun challenges and games.

Anyone potentially interested can get in touch for further details if they wish.

Catch up on the most recent series of Child Genius here.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you.

Alex

Calling all Young Volunteers

Are you aged 18 to 35 and fancy enjoying a weekend at Waddow Hall making new friends and having fun, whilst doing your bit?

If so, why don’t you join in with the young volunteers Service Weekends?  The cost is free to members of Friends of Waddow (membership £12).  As well as having fun this weekend may count towards Queen’s Guide and DofE (at the discretion of your adviser/mentor).

Upcoming weekends:

29 – 31 March 2019

25 – 27 October 2019

27 – 29 March 2020

Download Booking Form.

Growing Guiding – Leeds

Are you enthusiastic? Do you enjoy talking to people in a positive way about Guiding?  Do you have innovative ideas about how, when and where we can encourage more adults to volunteer with us in Leeds County?   You do? Then we need you to grow our Growing Guiding Team.

We need to show the public in and around Leeds that Guiding is growing.  In the past we have been seen at Kirkstall Festival, Wetherby Town Hall, during the Tour de Yorkshire and Headingley cricket ground to name some of the things we have done.

We are looking for anyone who is interested in joining us, ideally two people (or more!) from each division so the county is represented from all areas.  We need people who are willing to help at events/stalls to grow Guiding and our aim is to have a large team so that everyone can give the time they can spare.  Currently there are just a few of us who have spent the whole day at festivals etc and that is hard work.  Can you help to lighten the load?

Even if you just think you may be interested but want to know more we are having a meeting at the Trefoil Centre on Tuesday 5th March at 7.30pm.

We look forward to seeing you on the 5th March where a warm welcome will  be waiting for you.

Lynne – Chair, Growing Guiding Team

Yarn Donation

Can you make use of a large bag of mixed yarn for activities with your girls?

A local knitter has been having a sort out of her stash of yarn resulting in a large bag of mixed yarn of varying colours, quantities and qualities.

If you can make use of this yarn in meeting activities, please contact the County Administrator at admin@girlguidingleeds.org.uk

Guide Dogs

Would your Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers like to find out more about Guide Dogs?

Thelma Wilson is a volunteer speaker for Guide Dogs and would love to visit your unit.  She will talk about the charity’s work, and bring trained guide dogs and resources to help the girls understand more about how the dogs are trained, what they do and why.

For Thelma’s contact details please email the County Administrator at admin@girlguidingleeds.org.uk

 

Learning about Democracy (for 9+ year olds)

Hello Girlguide Leaders

ROX PAPER AND THE SCISSORS is a new play about democracy for 9+ year olds. We would love it if Girl Guides and Brownies could come and see how autocratic school bully Rox, head girl (rule of law) Paper and reckless class clown The Scissors battle to become school president but find out the hard way that not all elections are fought fairly.

At the climax of the play, an audience vote will be held. These votes will be counted and the final vote count declared at the end of the tour. We believe in the importance of Citizenship (PSHCE) education and that there has never been a more critical time for children to develop questioning and debating skills, or as we say at Gone to the Dogs: Rollicking Politics = Confident Questioning. But most of all, it’s going to be fun.

We’re going to be at theatres in York, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Richmond (North Yorkshire), Scarborough and Leeds in March 2019. Please see the flyer attached for details.

Hands up though, I do appreciate that most of the shows are due to be held in school hours with the exception of Richmond (6pm, 12th March) and York (2pm, 23rd March). However, as a mum of a Guide, a Cub and soon to be a Brownie, I would love to work with you to see if there is any way that I could facilitate your groups or members to attend.

Please let me know if you would like further information.
Best wishes
Miranda Duffy
07498 872921

info@GttD.co.uk
www.GttD.co.uk/theatre
@GttDProductions (a Facebook resource page for teachers of Years 5, 6, and 7 that connects PSHE British Values to current news stories).

Download the Flyer here: Rock, Paper Scissors A5 Flyer (2019 update)

Yoga and Mindfulness for Children

Dear Girlguiding

I’m a children’s yoga and mindfulness teacher based in Leeds and I wanted to make contact with you following on from a lovely yoga and mindfulness session I did with the Brownies in Kirkstall. I did this session to celebrate the completion of their Be Well award and a Be Well evening they had.

I’m interested in being involved and offering more of these classes to compliment the Brownie’s Be Well award.

Please see my website (www.bodymindandheartyoga.com) for more information on what I can offer and my qualifications to teach. I would be more than happy to have a chat about how this could work nicely if it is something you would be interested in?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks

Sian

Inspirational Leeds Woman Honoured For Volunteering With Girlguiding

A Leeds Girlguiding volunteer has been honoured for her work supporting girls and young women over the last 23 years with a prestigious Laurel award.

Anne Esslemont, a Brownie, Guide and Senior Section leader was presented with a specially-designed brooch in honour of her inspirational efforts by Andrea Simon, deputy chief commissioner for Girlguiding North East England at a recent meeting.

Anne, 39, first became involved in guiding when she joined Brownies and has volunteered as an adult ever since, providing amazing opportunities for girls and young women.

Anne, said: “Girlguiding has made me the person I am today, developing me from the seven-year-old who was too shy to speak in front of the other Brownies to the leader and trainer I now am. My highlights from my time with Girlguiding are taking the girls camping and seeing them bond over the time spent together whether that’s a weekend at a local campsite or our week in Iceland last year and being involved with planning large events and working with lots of wonderful people.”

“I’m extremely proud to have received this award. Volunteering for Girlguiding is such a rewarding experience and it’s been wonderful to work with so many young women and girls over the years and see them developing their confidence and skills.”

“Guiding opens up so many fantastic opportunities for girls to grow in confidence and become a powerful force for good in their communities. I would like to dedicate this award to all of the girls I have had the pleasure of knowing.”

Katie, 21, who attended Roundhay Rangers said: “Being a Ranger has really helped boost my confidence and that’s because of volunteers like Anne who is a great leader and has organised lots of exciting activities and trips for our group.”

Leeds county commissioner, Jan Ali, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to Anne, through her roles in her units and at county level she has helped thousands of girls discover new things, make great friends and experience things for the first time. She has endless energy and enthusiasm and is committed to helping each girl to find her voice. In her role as a trainer she has shared her experience with leaders throughout the North East England Region so her good example has spread far and wide.”

By giving just one or two hours a week, volunteers can help local girls and young women  enjoy a wide range of exciting activities, as well as acquire new skills and experiences – and have fun at the same time.

The charity welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities. For more information about volunteering with Girlguiding, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk

-ENDS-

Notes to editors:

 

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over half a million members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. 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. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No 306016. www.girlguiding.org.uk

3rd Otley Brownies Support Equality With A Cup Of Tea

To mark the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918 which paved the way to men and women over 21 gaining the right to vote ten years later, 3rd Otley Brownies has signed up to EqualiTeas.

EqualiTeas is part of a programme of events from UK Parliament to mark 2018’s important milestones for democracy. EqualiTeas, which gives people across the UK the chance to share, debate, and celebrate what equality means to them over a cup of tea, took place between 18th June and 2nd July.

3rd Otley Brownies welcomed Alex Sobel MP to attend their EqualiTeas event on Thursday 28th June. Alex spoke with each Brownie Six about his time in parliament and local events.
The Brownies also invited their mums, who helped in the democracy discussions. The event was washed down with a cup of tea or squash with cake and biscuits.

2018 marks 100 years since The Representation of the People Act 1918 extended the right to vote to all men over 21 and the first women, making this one of the most important centenaries in British democratic history. Ten years later The Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928, gave all men and women over 21 the right to vote. These acts followed years of campaigning, with the first petition to Parliament asking for votes for women presented to the House of Commons on 3 August 1832.

Historically, tea parties were hotbeds of political activism. It was one of the few ways women could meet without men to discuss and plan. The leading suffrage organisations used tea parties and tea shops as central elements in their campaigning, to increase awareness, discuss tactics and raise money.
Evie a Brownie Sixer, said “3rd Otley Brownie Leaders thought it was great that a busy MP could come along and support our event, we really appreciated it. I had a conversation with Alex who said that just under one third of MPs in the House of Commons are women and that women could undertake all jobs in this country except underground mining.”
David Clark, Head of Education and Engagement at UK Parliament, said “Whether it’s chatting about the issues over a cup of tea, or engaging with one of the many exciting events as part of this year’s Vote 100 celebrations, there are many opportunities for schools, workplaces and community groups across Leeds to get involved in these key anniversaries.
“We can only work towards a more equal society by communicating with each other and building stronger communities, so please sign up for EqualiTeas to share the things we have in common and debate the changes we would like to see.”

Notes to Editors

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over 500,000 members.
Thanks to the dedication and support of over 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.
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. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years).

• Photo shows 3rd Otley Brownies will Alex Sobel MP.
• Further information about EqualiTeas can be found here
• This year, UK Parliament Week will take place from 12-18 November. Schools are invited to take part in this festival, and engage pupils with the UK Parliament. Schools can register events from now, and they will receive a free kit including activities, ideas and all the materials needed to take part. Find out more and register, before 30 September here.