Vote 100

Ten girls from 37th Leeds Guides went to Leeds University to listen to a lecture on 100 years since Women’s Suffrage. Harriet Harman MP took the lecture and spoke wonderfully followed by a question and answer session with herself and Rachel Reeves MP. The girls really enjoyed the lecture and they were interested in how different Harriet’s life was in the 60’s versus their lives now.

Girls and young women should have the opportunity to participate in politics and democracy and have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them, now and in the future. In the Girls Attitudes survey girls and young women have told Girlguiding that they want to see more female politicians and they want politicians to better understand the needs and issues girls and young women face today.

Cllr Al Garthwaite (the local councillor) and Cllr Jools Hesselwood (lead member for women) spoke to the girls about what is going on in Leeds that they could get involved with in this very important hundredth year.

Harriet and Rachel met with the girls after the lecture and allowed them to ask questions to Harriet Harman one of the questions was ‘What do you like most about being an MP?’ to which she replied ‘that it is making a difference to peoples lives’.

The girls really enjoyed their visit to the university and felt privileged that they had been allowed to attend.

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Girlguiding advocate Sophie, 20 says

 “The centenary year is really important to women and girls. As well as allowing us to celebrate the successes achieved in the past century for women’s democracy, we can use the anniversary to look at what still needs to be done to engage girls and women in politics. Girlguiding is calling for equal representation for women in politics and an improved political education system so girls and young women feel engaged in a key part of society. As an organisation, we work hard to engage all young women in politics, from our Girls Matter campaign to our voter registration push during the 2017 General Election.” 

Girlguiding’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey found:

  • 57% of girls aged 11-21 don’t think politicians understand the issues girls and young women face today
  • 43% of girls aged 11-21 say having a female Prime Minister/First Minister makes them feel inspired that they could be a leader
  • 64% of girls aged 11-21 are worried about what Brexit could mean for their future
  • 58% of girls aged 11 to 21 think the voting age should be lowered to 16 for all elections

Notes to editors:

Photo is of members of 37th Leeds Guides with Rachel Reeves MP (left) and Harriet Harman MP (right).

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

Leeds Volunteers Honoured for 40 Years of Service to Guiding

Three volunteers from Leeds have been honoured for their dedication to guiding over the last 40 years with a prestigious long service award.

Deborah Barker, Jackie Bennett and Sandra Goddard were presented with a specially-designed brooch in honour of their 40 years of service by Jan Ali, county commissioner of Girlguiding Leeds and Andrea Simon, deputy chief commissioner of Girlguiding North East England.

Deborah is a leader at 3rd Pudsey Brownies, a role which she has held for the entire 40 years.  Jackie is currently a leader at 2nd Wigton Moor Brownies, having also been a district commissioner and a division and county outdoor activities advisor.  Sandra is an ID verifier for Girlguiding Leeds and a county mentor for commissioners, having served herself as a district commissioner for Beeston and division commissioner for Leeds South West, as well as being a unit leader.

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Andrea Simon, deputy chief commissioner at Girlguiding North East England, said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been able to present these volunteers with their forty year service awards. It is people like them that really make a difference to guiding at a local group, district, division and county level.”

Jan Ali, county commissioner at Girlguiding Leeds, said, “On behalf of all volunteers in Girlguiding Leeds and all the girls, parents and volunteers that they have been involved with over the past forty years, I would like to thank them for all their hard work and the time and support that they have put into guiding within Leeds.”

The presentation took place at Girlguiding Leeds’ annual awards and thanks event on 27th January at Oakwood Church, Oakwood, Leeds.

Photograph is of (left to right) Andrea Simon, deputy chief commissioner of Girlguiding North East England, Deborah Barker, Jackie Bennett, Sandra Goddard, Mavis Davison, county president of Girlguiding Leeds and Jan Ali, county commissioner of Girlguiding Leeds.

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.

Adventurous Girls From Leeds Braved The Cold at Girlguiding’s Winter Camp

Girls from Leeds braved the cold to sleep under canvas at Girlguiding’s extreme winter camp.

1st Alwoodley Guides joined hundreds of other girls at Sparkle and Ice, a weekend event held at Girlguiding’s activity centre Waddow Hall near Clitheroe on 2nd to 4th February.

After pitching their tents, the group kept warm by making the most of the activities on offer from going on a zip wire, climbing and abseiling, to testing their survival skills by making shelters and building fires. And at night, had the choice of ditching their welly boots for dancing shoes to enjoy the onsite disco or enjoy a hot chocolate whilst stargazing before layering up to endure plunging temperatures to take on the challenge of winter camping.

Annika, 11, said: “I had a great weekend. The best activity was the low ropes and the assault course where we all got covered in mud! I put on so many clothes at bedtime I only just fitted in my sleeping bag, I was lovely and warm though. I can’t wait to come again next year.”

Charlotte, 13, said: “The weekend was freezing but really good fun. I loved the zip wire. It was freezing overnight but we all snuggled together in our tents to keep warm after watching some amazing fireworks.”

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This is the second time Sparkle and Ice has been held following last year’s successful launch. A thousand girls and young women joined the three camps which happened simultaneously across Girlguiding’s activity centres in Lancashire, Hampshire and Sussex. The event was supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Girlguiding gives girls opportunities to have fun and adventure, gain life skills and make friends. Sparkle and Ice is the first of three weekend events to be held at Girlguiding’s activity centres during 2018 for girls and young women from across the country, with Magic and Mayhem and Wellies and Wristbands coming up in the summer.

For more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

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

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  • For details on which society lottery is running each week, visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk/society

 

Places to go with units

Bulletin – 20th February 2018

#MakeThatChange is a performing arts and social action project for 13-20 year olds. Skills sessions are delivered in different areas of the arts, with upcoming sessions on rap, photography and physical theatre after recently exploring film, theatre and spoken word. The #MakeThatChange group is exploring the topic of abuse through the arts; taking the lead from the young people on the project. They will decide which artistic direction to take this in, when they produce a creative outcome which will be showcased at a special event in April, to which friends, family, the general public and decision makers will be invited.

We’d love it if you could help us spread the word about #MakeThatChange. All workshops are completely free and we refund travel expenses. We have a youth worker who attends each session to deal with any safeguarding issues, so are fully welcoming to any young people who may struggle engaging with normal arts projects. It’s a really unique opportunity to engage young people in the arts and we would love to increase our engagement. Every session is run by professionals in their field, so participants can’t ask for a better opportunity to develop their performing arts skills.

Sessions are held every other Wednesday from 6-9pm at Park Lane Campus Leeds City College. The next session will be Wednesday 28th February and will focus on rap and songwriting.

See here for more information on #MakeThatChange.

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Bulletin – 30th January 2018

We run pottery painting sessions for Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. We can accommodate groups of up to 30 in our shop in Horsforth or we can come to you.

The cost per head is £10 and children can paint anything from fairies to cups and plates! Its a great creative activity that is relaxing and fun and good for the cold weather. Book for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Xmas or just for fun! All pots will be ready within 7-10 days after glazing and firing!

info@honeypottery.co.uk 

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Bulletin  – 15th January 2018
Please see details of winter craft activities at Temple Newsam attached.
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Bulletin – 9th January 2018

Escape Reality

Escape Reality in Leeds is a a multi use facility predominantly focused on our 7 immersive, themed rooms. Each tackling different puzzles and requiring strong team work to ‘escape the room’ within 60 minutes.  The rooms have differing levels of difficulty, but are suitable for a vast age range- the recommended capacity is 6 to a room to ensure each player is fully engaged.

You can find further information on each of the games on our website www.escapereality.com/escape-rooms-uk/leeds/

Alongside our Escape rooms, we have a two floor- custom designed laser quest arena, suitable for up to 16 players at a time with games lasting up to 20 minutes, with two different gaming options.

Additionally we have a refectory area in reception and a dedicated banqueting/party room for which we can provide refreshments and food.

The costs would be (quoting GG2018):

£10PP  for up 3 laser quest games

£12.50PP for each Escape Room experience

The venue is a unique experience, for a young and old audience encouraged to use their imagination, whilst working together to reach a common goal.

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Bulletin – 12th December 2017

Circus Performer Badge

Shooting Stars Circus Skills are working in your area on the following dates in Winter term.

January 8th – 13th& 22nd – 26th

February 5th – 16th & 26th – 2nd March

March 5th – 9th & 19th – 30th

We would like to introduce you to Shooting Stars Circus Skills who offer Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units the chance to enjoy the fun and excitement of a circus skills evening at a special discounted rate. Whether the girls want to work on their Circus Performer Badge or just have a fun and creative evening, we can offer a brilliant workshop with a highly experienced instructor at the rate of:

£150.00 for a 1 – 2 hour session with one group

£240.00 for a 2 – 3 hour session with two groups (£120.00 per group)

£300.00 for a 3 – 5 hour session with three groups £100.00 per group)

£300.00 for an all day workshop (usually Saturday or Sunday 10.00 – 16.00)

The workshop consists of a circus instructor and circus equipment (which is tailored according to age groups, space available and length of session time). Examples include juggling balls, rings and scarves, spinning plates, diabolos, flower sticks, and larger equipment such as stilts, fun wheels, pedal racers, unicycles & mini-bikes. Equipment used will be at the discretion of your instructor.

With the volume and variety of equipment available, we can take a group of up to 30 children/young people per workshop, keeping them involved and engaged at all times.  If we are running workshops specifically for the Circus Performer Badge, then equipment available will be tailored for this event.

For up to date references of work with youth groups in your area please go to: http://www.shootingstarscircus.co.uk/reviews_youth.php

All our instructors have CRB’s, Public Liability with Equity of £10 million and Risk Assessments are available.

Dates are limited and are on a first come, first served basis, so please do get in touch if we can help you.

Regards

Steve Grainger

Shooting Stars Circus Skills

6 Hopney Cottages

Bricklehampton

Pershore

Worcestershire

WR10 3JT

Office: 01386 550260

Mobile: 07970 107845

Web: www.shootingstarscircus.co.uk

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Bulletin – 8th September 2017
York Chocolate Story

I’m contacting you today to let you know of some information of the tours we offer and some of the amazing deals we can offer you.

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I can see from the Guide’s information that they can work towards their Chocolate Badge and we are hoping we can help.

Please find details below and if there is anything we can try and tailormake for you as we can also provide private hire….

Group Booking Information

A visit to York’s Chocolate Story is perfect for groups of all ages and sizes. We offer an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. You’ll discover chocolate’s origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate.

You’ll also uncover a host of surprising secrets and fascinating facts behind York’s greatest chocolate products, from the Chocolate Orange to the globally famous KitKat. Once you’ve explored chocolate making and its history, you can even shop for and indulge in chocolate to your heart’s content. There’s so much for you to enjoy and discover at York’s Chocolate Story in the UK’s home of chocolate!

The tour lasts approximately one hour and is the perfect addition to a day out in the historic city of York.

Group Benefits

We are delighted to offer groups of 15 or more the following special benefits:

  •     Discounted admission prices
  •     Priority admission
  •     Free familiarisation visits for the group organisers
  •     Free admission for the group organiser and coach driver
  •     Complimentary refreshments for the coach driver
  •     Chocolate Bar (pre-book before the date of your visit)
  •     Itinerary ideas and coach parking advice

Group Prices

The following prices are valid for pre-booked groups of 15 or more people until 31/01/2018*

Adult £8.50
Child (age 4-15) £7.25
Students £7.75
Senior Citizen £7.75

* Please note: prices may vary according to season, may not be available during school holidays and special events packages.

Private Hire

Duration: 2 hours
Available: 5:15pm daily
Numbers: 10 minimum – 30 children
Price: £15.00 per child (two adults free with every booking)

Accompanied by your entertaining guide, journey through the story of York’s famous chocolate-making families and uncover surprising secrets behind famous York confectionery brands.

Enjoy a real party atmosphere in our vibrant Factory Zone and select various additional catering opportunities to suit your requirements and budget.. Simply speak to our Party Co-ordinator to ensure we are aware of what you’d like to bring.

Then it’s time to join our friendly Chocolatier and get aprons, hair nets and gloves on for a practical 45-minute workshop in our fantastic Chocolate Kitchen. Learn how to mould and decorate chocolate lollypops, experiment with mixing flavours and textures, and make your own personalised truffles.

If you have anymore questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Groups@continuumattractions.com

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Bulletin – 28th June 2017
Painting with food

We’re Lo & Vee, two artists from Leeds who have put our heads together
to create our creative business.We have worked on some large scale murals and we run an arts workshop for adults on a Tuesday night at Further North, Chapel Allerton.

We are emailing to let you know about our latest venture, art  workshops for kids.
We have tailored a particular workshop aimed at Brownies and Cubs. The
workshop is ‘Painting with Food’.
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Painting with Food

45 Minutes

ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED

Let your brownies or cubs release their creative side!

We provide a wide variety of food and paint for the kids to experiment
with and ask them to create images such as a self-portrait, your best
friend, your favourite animal etc.!

We have delivered this class for brownie troops and both the kids and
us have had a lot of fun doing it! We have attached some images from
past workshops for you to look at and see how well the workshop turns
out!

Our fee is worked out at £3 per child, so for a class of 15 this would
work out at £45. This fee includes all the paint, paper, equipment and
delivery of the class.

If you are interested in having an art workshop for your brownie or
cubs troop but would like to have a different style of class, please
let us know and we can come up with a different idea for your kids!

Lo & Vee

07939632355

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Applications are now open! National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band

Application are now being accepted for the 2018 NSGSO and NSGSO Concert Band residential courses, 29th July – 5th August 2018.  Applications close midnight on Saturday 16th December so apply now!

Please click here for more information about which group would be best for you.

Please click here for further information about the residential course.

6,500 Girlguiding Members Flock To Flamingo Land For A Weekend Of Camping And Safari Adventures

Members of 2nd Chapel Allerton Brownies and other guiding units with Leeds recently headed to Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire for two days of fun, adventure and camping at Girlguiding’s first ever Flamingo Fling.

The event was organised by Girlguiding North East England and was attended by over 6500 Rainbows (aged 5-7), Brownies (aged 7-10), Guides (aged 10-14) and members of the Senior Section (aged 14-25) from across Leeds and other areas of the North East. It gave the girls a fun, environment to enjoy all that a large theme and zoo park can offer – from white knuckle rollercoaster rides to exotic animal encounters.

Attendees at Flamingo Fling also had the chance to enjoy some of their favourite songs at a fairy tale sing-a-long on Saturday evening after which Dolly Mix; one of the country’s leading Little Mix tribute acts performed followed by a disco and virtual camp fire.

And the fun didn’t stop there. The girls also had the opportunity to explore the park whilst completing a specially created Flamingo challenge designed to help the girls discover the secrets of the park’s many species from Tigers and Zebras to Meerkats and Lemurs and of course, not forgetting the Flamingos. Flamingo Land has allowed Girlguiding to adopt the Flamingos and a special plaque was unveiled at the event.

Flamingo Fling provided the perfect environment for girls to explore their independence in a safe and inclusive environment led by Girlguiding’s dedicated volunteers.

Maisie, nine years old from 2nd Chapel Allerton Brownies, said, “I loved Flamingo Land it was the best!  I would one hundred percent go again.  Thank you to the leaders for taking us and making it so much fun.”

Shavaeh, ten, said, “I had a fantastic, superb fun time.”

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Region Chief, Alison Gordon said: “what a brilliant adventure this has been, members of guiding challenged themselves to try something new and definitely succeeded. Everywhere you looked girls and Leaders were smiling and having fun, even in the rain.”

Girlguiding is currently recruiting for more volunteers to help deliver their exciting programme to over 400,000 girls and young women across the UK.

To get involved, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk

 

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

The photo shows Shavaeh aged 10 (nearest) and Maisie aged 9, both from 2nd Chapel Allerton Brownies.

Flamingo Fling took place on 16th and 17th September 2017.

 

Small Grants Available – High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund

There are grants available from the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire Fund for projects working in West Yorkshire. Grants of up to £2,500 are available for organisations working across West Yorkshire to encourage young people aged 5-25 years to work together to prevent and combat crime to create safer communities. Applications are requested from existing projects or community groups looking for continuation funding, or projects wanting to expand and develop their current activities.

For more information, the full fund criteria and to apply please go to

leedscf.org.uk/high-sheriff-of-west-yorkshire-fund/