Girlguiding needs you!

Girlguiding Banchory is seeking volunteers to open new units or to help run existing ones.

They have nearly 50 girls on their waiting list to join Rainbows, which is the youngest section of Girlguiding catering for girls in the five to seven age group. At present, they have two Rainbow units – on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - but they are restricted in numbers as they have to follow Girlguiding’s guidelines of one adult per five girls and a recommended unit size of 15 girls.

District Commissioner Caroline Simpson, said: “If we could open two more units, we would be able to reduce the waiting list. Rainbows meet for one hour a week and have an excellent programme to follow.

“We are also looking for volunteers to become leaders in our Guide units, as our current teams are reducing in numbers as one leader has had to give up due to family commitments and another is looking forward to spending a year in the United States of America as part of her university degree, so if you would prefer the challenge of working with girls in the 10 to 14 age range we would like to hear from you.

“Finally, we have several girls, who are 14 or nearly 14 and would like to continue in Girlguiding but we do not have a leader to guide these girls in their activities for Rangers.

“Girlguiding Banchory is very fortunate in having our own purpose-built Guide Lodge, which has just had a new roof. We also have a strong team of experienced leaders who are willing and able to assist in the training of new leaders.

“At the moment, we have two Rainbow, four Brownie and three Guide units, which provide a wide range of activities for their girls and a Friends of Guiding committee who look after the maintenance and fundraising for the upkeep of the Lodge.”

Further information is available on the website www.girlguiding.org.uk. Anyone interested in volunteering, in any capacity, should e-mail: guides.banchory@btinternet.com, call Caroline Simpson on (01330) 823071, or go to the open morning in the Guide Lodge from 10am to noon on Saturday, January 28, to meet some of the current leaders.