What do you do if you are an organisation that traditionally relies on social contact to work with the girls and youg women you work with?
If you’re a volunteer for Girlguiding Sefton then you innovate and develop ways to engage with your young people remotely!
Sarah Bennett, Girlguiding Sefton County Commissioner, shared an update on Guiding during Lockdown for Volunteers’ Week.
“During the COVID-19 outbreak many of our volunteer leaders with units in Girlguiding Sefton @GirlguidingSeft have taken their meetings online to keep in touch with the girls and support them during these strange times. Instead of an actual meeting every week units have been busy with Zoom meetings during which they have taken part in scavenger hunts, exercise classes and worked on elements from the Girlguiding programme such as healthy eating, construction and mindfulness as well as being involved with local projects to support the COVID-19 response. Interest badges and awards are still being gained and it is all down to our AMAZING volunteers who are keeping things going in whatever way they can.
“If units can’t meet via Zoom their leaders are emailing and posting activities to their girls, even dropping them through letterboxes on their daily walks just so they can continue that important link with our members.
“None of our volunteers is under pressure to do any guiding at this time but many are finding it a way of coping with the situation, keeping busy and are enjoying keeping in touch with their girls.
“Some of the activities our units have done include:
“16th Crosby Rainbows sent pictures to ward 23 at Aintree Hospital to brighten it up
“17th Southport Guides wrote letters to go in with food parcels from Woodvale Community Centre and have tried origami via Zoom
“6th Crosby Brownies donated their Easter Eggs to staff at Aintree Hospital
“2nd Crosby Guides made up 50 comfort bags for patients at Aintree & Southport Hospital
“Jackie, a Guide leader in Crosby has been sewing scrubs for NHS staff at Aintree & Walton hospitals
“6th Formby Brownies have had Zoom puppet shows, written to patients at Southport hospital to cheer them up and gained 67 interest badges in 10 weeks!
“Several leaders have knitted “twin hearts” for hospitals & hospices for families to use to keep them connected during these difficult times.
“Units across the county have been joining the clap for carers on a Thursday with #Uniform4Uniforms
“7th Crosby Guides held a photograph competition
“64th Southport Brownies had a virtual ballet lesson and online campfire
“As a county we have held virtual VE Day parties in our gardens with homemade cakes and we held a county sleepover at home that attracted over 1650 participants who had to sleep somewhere at home that wasn’t their bed!
“Girlguiding HQ has been helping members get through lockdown with a series of online activities and daily challenges under the banner #AdventuresAtHome which included a day long #AdventuresAtHomeFestival on the girlguiding YouTube channel on May 23rd.
“Girlguiding North West England have also provided #GGNWEBoredomBusters activities for girls and produced a Self-care activity pack for leaders during Mental health week.
“Our volunteers in Girlguiding Sefton are ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS and deserve a great big shout out during National Volunteer Week for all that they do to support the girls and volunteers in our units.
“If you would like to find out more about girlguiding or even volunteer with us please visit www.girlguiding.org.uk”