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

@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


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


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.

Skyrac depot, Saturday 21st July – new programme resources – 9.30am to 3pm

Skyrac depot, Saturday 21st July – new programme resources –  9.30am to 3pm:

A reminder to all that on Saturday 21st July, the date the new programme items are revealed, there will be a chance to view the resources and to buy them at the Trefoil Centre, hosted by Skyrac depot.

You will be able to place an order, but will not be able to take away any badges on the day as Skyrac depot has only ordered one of each badge.

Order forms will be available for the other two depots if this is where you normally shop.

At all depots in Leeds there will be a 10% discount on the new programme resources until December 2018.

The depot will also be open on 28th July 10-12 and then will close for the Summer,     re-opening on 1st September.

Leeds Peer Educators can now deliver Breaking Free!

Leeds Peer Educators can now deliver Breaking Free! Request a session now.

Peer educators are 14 to 25 year olds who help Brownies, Guides and The Senior Section to explore important topics. As young people, they use their own experience to bring the subject to life whilst running fun, safe and challenging sessions.

 Girlguiding Leeds’ peer educators can deliver sessions on:

  • Breaking Free-girls tell us that they’re surrounded by stereotypes, so this session is all about helping young people make a change, by identifying and challenging gender stereotypes
  • Think Resilient –gives girls the tools to build their mental well-being
  • Free Being Me – grows girls’ body confidence and self-esteem

Get in touch      

If you have any questions or to book a peer educator for your unit, email Julia Peters, Girlguiding Leeds’ Peer Education coordinator. peered@girlguidingleeds.org.uk

Leeds Brownies and Rainbows enjoy Magic and Mayhem at huge camp

Rainbows and Brownies from Leeds joined over 2,000 girls creating Magic and Mayhem at Girlguiding’s biggest event for girls aged five to ten.

Girls from 6th Roundhay Brownies rose to the challenge as they took on a series of adventurous activities at Magic and Mayhem at Waddow Hall, Girlguiding’s activity centre near Clitheroe in Lancashire on 9th to 10th June.

Over the weekend the girls tried a range of exciting activities spread across five themed zones; science, circus, dance, activity and fun. The activities included climbing, archery, fencing, juggling, magic tricks and science experiments.

And after adventuring all day the Rainbows and Brownies camped all together under a giant big top tent. For many girls this was their first night away from home as part of their Girlguiding journey.

MandM L to R Gabriella, Harriet, Lola, Isla, Megan, Annie-Jo and Maya

Maya and Harriet, 8, Brownies from 6th Roundhay Brownies, said: “The best thing was making kinetic sand because it was very messy. We would recommend that all Rainbows and Brownies go to Magic and Mayhem next year!

MandM L to R Gabriella, Annie-Jo and Isla making kinetic sand (1)

Annie-Jo, Gabriella and Isla, 9, Brownies from 6th Roundhay Brownies, said: “We loved rock climbing because the instructors helped us when we got stuck, so that we got better and climbed higher than we thought we could. It was so much fun.”

Megan and Lola, 9, Brownies from 6th Roundhay Brownies, said: “The Instructors were nice and friendly, we tried fencing for the first time and really liked it.”

MandM Lola and Harriet fencing MandM Lola fencing (2)

Girlguiding UK ambassador, inspirational adventurer Anna McNuff, attended the event at Foxlease in Hampshire where she spoke about adventure with the Rainbows and Brownies and got involved in the bushcraft activities, helping girls to learn how to set and light a fire. Anna has travelled all around the world to take on challenges, from cycling 11,000 miles across the USA, to running nearly 2,000 miles along New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. In 2016 she took on the gruelling task of cycling along the Andes, ascending over 100,000 metres on a bike during the course of her journey.

She said: “It’s so important for girls to have opportunities to experience the outdoors, have fun and challenge themselves to try things that they wouldn’t get the chance to do elsewhere. Magic and Mayhem is the perfect place for this and I loved seeing the girls really embrace the various challenges, from scaling the heights on the climbing wall to taking on the assault course. This is what Girlguiding is all about, supporting girls to have the confidence to try new things, to take on challenges and ultimately seek out adventure. It’s why I’m proud to be an ambassador.”

Girlguiding gives girls opportunities to have fun and adventure, gain life skills and make friends. Magic and Mayhem is the second of three weekend events to be held at Girlguiding’s activity centres in Hampshire, Sussex and Lancashire during 2018, for girls and young women from across the country, and follows on from winter camp Sparkle and Ice and precedes summer festival Wellies and Wristbands.

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

Getting involved with the community

Bulletin – 5th July 2018

CITV game show Spy School is currently looking for 12-15 year olds to take part in the new series.

I thought it might be something that the guides in your area would be interested in and was hoping you would be able to share our attached flyer with them. We had several guides on the series last year who all did incredibly well so it would be great to have more apply this series.

Spy School Flyer

In case you haven’t seen it, Spy School is an action adventure game show, where in each episode a different pair of contestants are given a secret mission. They have to complete various challenges (physical such as an assault course and mental such as code breaking and memory tasks) to obtain clues that will help them in their mission. The mission ends on location at a famous landmark, where working with the presenters, they have one last challenge to complete in order to succeed and graduate Spy School.

Any child interested can, (with their parent or guardian’s permission), contact us on spyschool@zodiakkids.com for an application form. They can apply individually, although we would love to get pairs of friends / siblings / other relatives applying together.



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Bulletin – 22nd May 2018

In the past, Yorkshire Cricket Board have worked alongside Brownies and Rainbows to deliver cricket taster sessions throughout Yorkshire.

This has proved successful in the past, and we are hoping this takes place again this year.

The session would be delivered through the All Stars programme, which is for children aged 5-8.  This would be a one-off session at a local cricket club that is hosting All Stars currently.  It would just give the girls a taster into what cricket is like, and give them the opportunity to meet local clubs if they were interested in carrying the sport on.

The session would be free.

Please contact Jodie Slater for more information.


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Bulletin – 8th May 2018

Join Northern Ballet this summer!
20 – 24 August 2018
Join Northern Ballet this summer and explore David Nixon’s
The Three Musketeers. Dance like d’Artagnan in a whirlwind of adventure over five fun-filled days!
This exciting, energetic course includes a daily ballet class to develop your dance skills and creative sessions to ignite your imagination. Working with Christopher Hinton-Lewis (ex-Northern Ballet Premier Dancer), you will explore the characters and steps from the daring and adventurous world of The Three Musketeers.
Participants will also have the opportunity to achieve their Arts Award Discover qualification and share what they have created with family and friends at the end of the course.
£150 (£130 with a Breezecard)
Concessionary rates available*
Spark your creativity this summer as you get moving, make new friends and discover something new!
For more information or to book your place, please contact the Learning team on 0113 220 8000 or email learning@northernballet.com
Registration closing date: Monday 30 July

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Bulletin – 26th March 2018

I Can Grow is RHS’s brand new, exciting project offering young people the chance to discover the power of plants and their benefits to them, the community and the wider world.

This project will empower young people, allowing them to create a campaign to shout about environmental and social issues they believe in, linking to one or more of the following themes:

Sign up to receive your free inspiration pack containing information about the project, stickers, seeds and more! Packs are limited so sign up now.

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Bulletin – 26th February 2018

Campaign for School Gardening

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening online programme inspires and supports groups to provide children of any age with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development. I would like to encourage groups to register for FREE to the campaign to take advantage of the great resources, competitions and rewards on offer. Below are some of the benefits of registering to the campaign:

  • Receive a free welcome pack containing seeds, plant labels, stickers, posters and more
  • Receive great rewards, certificates and support as you progress through the School Gardening Awards
  • Gain access to free downloadable resources including information sheets, practical activities and lesson plans to help you make the most of your gardening
  • Take part in our competitions for a chance to win great gardening prizes
  • Receive regular newsletters containing the latest news, offers and advice
  • Log in and find news, training courses and information specific to your local area.

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