Guides and Rangers from Girlguiding North West England take the lead at Fulwood Barracks

Guides from 1st Staining Guide Unit with soldiersGuides from 1st Staining Guide Unit with soldiers
Guides from 1st Staining Guide Unit with soldiers
Guides and Rangers from Girlguiding Lancashire West spent World Thinking Day developing their leadership skills as part of an initiative between Girlguiding and the British Army.

Last year Girlguiding launched a new programme of over 800 new badges and activities. This includes the Lead Skills builder for girls and young women, supported by the Army. The Lead Skills builder is designed by Girlguiding to empower girls to become the leaders of tomorrow.

As part of World Thinking Day, Guides and Rangers from the Blackpool area visited Fulwood Barracks where they completed activities from the Lead Skills builder. They also took part in other fun and challenging activities designed to test their team working and develop leadership skills.

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Each group of ten girls, out of almost 100, were paired with two soldiers, who worked with those girls throughout the day, offering inspiration about careers for women in the Army, and giving them encouragement as they completed their activities.

Holly, 11, from 1st Staining Guide Unit, said: “The soldiers joined in with us while encouraging us to make our own decisions during our activities. They empowered us to take the lead and to believe that we can achieve anything we put our minds to.”

Maj Daniella Aspin, who supported the event, said: “Fulwood Barracks is delighted to have supported the Lead, Stage 5 Skills Builder Day. Effective leadership is at the heart of what we do at The British Army, and our soldiers were very pleased to share these skills with the young women at Girlguiding North West England.”

Julie Walton, region chief commissioner, said: “What a brilliant two days! We were so well hosted by the Army who acted as mentors to our girls in developing their leadership skills.”

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