1st Ivybridge Guides

Ivybridge, Devon

Your story

1st Ivybridge Guides is for girls and young women aged 10 - 14 where they have opportunities to develop skills, learn new things, have a go and most importantly have fun.

Group introduction

1st Ivybridge Guides is for girls and young women aged 10-14 to have the space to explore and adventure. We are run solely by volunteers who run a weekly meeting for members. The volunteer leaders have been committed to the unit from 10 – 35 years. Leaders provide a varied programme for its members to help them develop as people.
Each week is different, one week we might be making lightning through STEM resources to planning our next international adventure. Guides gives its members space to develop a range of skills including communication skills, team work, leadership skills and even making friends. There are a variety of awards and qualifications members can achieve through Guides including Queen’s Guide Award, first aid, life saving and Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Guides isn’t just about having fun (we do have lots of it!), as a unit we have achieved a lot for others as well including raising thousands for a variety of charities, being represented at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the Guides volunteer each year for Royal British Legion, we run a free community Christmas Grotto and 2 members even hosted a Macmillan coffee morning at Mount Everest's base camp!
When members move on from Guides they have opportunities to join Rangers which is the next section along for girls and young women aged 14 – 18 and they can also become Young Leaders themselves too. 1st Ivybridge Guides is part of Erme Valley Division which has 4 Rainbow units (age 5 – 7), 6 Brownie units (age 8 – 10), 1 Guide unit (age 10 – 14) and a Ranger unit (age 14 – 18).

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

If awarded money through Grassroots Giving we would use the money to purchase event shelters. The event shelters would be used annually at Guide camp, currently we have no shelter for the Guides to prepare food or do activities under. We would also as a unit use the event shelter for regular community events including town markets and fun days where the Guides can either sell items for their own fundraising or where we can raise money for charity throughout the year. The event shelter could also be used by the other members in the division meaning that hundreds of Girlguiding members would benefit from them. We hope that these would last roughly 10 years and we would need to buy roughly 5 in order to accommodate the Guiding members we have. These could also be used to lend out to other groups within the community for similar community events.

"1st Ivybridge Guides offers a varied programme for girls and young women aged 10 - 14. We provide a range of activities and opportunities for members and are community focused. We would like the opportunity to do more which would be a reality with the help of Grassroots Giving."

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