Guiding Lives – Sharing and Caring

Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units across Girlguiding Lancashire North West County have been counting down to Christmas in a lot of different ways including, festive crafts, ice skating, Christmas shopping, end of year meals, Christmas tree festivals, sleepovers, secret Santa and in many, many more ways.

However, one unit in particular made the decision to count down to Christmas in a very different way.

1st Lostock Guides visited New Day Church food bank on 12th November 2019 and were so inspired by their visit that they asked if they could use the unit sessions on the run up to Christmas to collect donations for the charity. Each week, the Guides set themselves a challenge to donate different types of food, toiletries, and small gifts ready to return to the food bank on 17th December to hand over their collection.

On 17th December, 1st Lostock Guides returned to the New Day Church food bank with all the items they had collected. The guides enjoyed helping and found the experience fun and relaxing. The guides said that being involved in the food bank collection had been important to them as a group as they feel “it’s quite sad that people who live near them and go to the same school would need this help”. The girls made up food packages, decorated boxes and gift wrapped children’s presents to be included in family parcels.

The New Day Church really appreciated the donations and additional practical support stating that they had been inundated with people asking for help over the Christmas period.

Other Girlguiding groups in the area have also been supporting their local communities. 7th Leyland URC Rainbows, Brownies and Guides decided to take part in a reverse advent calendar challenge collecting food items weekly to donate to their local food bank in Leyland. Whilst 8th Preston Guides chose three charities to support by making festive gifts and cards to sell to friends and family. Monies raised were presented to RSPCA Preston Branch, St Catherine’s Hospice and Lancashire Women’s Centre on 11th December 2019.

As a county, we believe that our young members have the power to make a difference and be a force for change in their local and wider communities. Girlguiding supports girls and young women to unlock their full potential and develop their confidence to take this into the world.