What is Girlguiding?

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK.

We give 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.

About Girlguiding in Lancashire North West

Lancashire North West is one of the largest guiding counties in North West England. We occupy the piece of Lancashire which fits in between the A6 and M6, from the borders of Cumbria at the top to the borders of Wigan at the bottom.

The county has a strong guiding tradition and is now happily growing guiding once again, with new Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units all opening in the last year.

Getting Out and About

We are very lucky to have two properties in the county which allow us to offer numerous activities for girls to enjoy the outdoors. One of the centres offers indoor and outdoor accommodation and is developing all the time.

We believe we have a very strong infrastructure in place for girls and leaders in our county. The county team supports everyone from the smallest Rainbow upwards to be able to achieve their own potential within guiding. Girls and leaders are actively encouraged to travel as far and wide as possible and they do, visiting countries such as Switzerland, Mexico, France, Malaysia, Germany and many more.

Awards and Recognition

We have a strong leadership team who support our Rangers & Young Leaders through the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards.
Our Queen’s Guide adviser also provides brilliant guidance for 16 years+ members, and this is proven in the number of young women working towards this award, and the honour of being awarded their Queen’s Guide award at the House of Lords.
In the past 3 years 240 Guides have achieved their Baden Powell Award – which was the highest award in guiding until 2018, when it is being phased out and replaced by the Gold Award.  We are excited and looking forward to our first presentation of this award which is available in all sections.

We support young women aged 14 upwards and adults to gain leadership awards, in recognition of the time they dedicate to volunteering for Girlguiding.

I hope this gives you a flavour of what we do for girls, young women and women in North West Lancashire and I would like to think that guiding is something that more girls and women want to become involved in. We do offer something different – adventure, friendship, new skills, training and most of all FUN!

If you want to learn more then please contact us via GirlguidingUK

Many thanks.

Audrey Suart
County Commissioner