Drop in Guiding numbers sparks appeal to girls and parents

youngsters and potential leaders are being urged to come forward to boost Girlguiding in the town, writes Sarah Williamson.

Former district commissioner Marion Chrystie, who is now Friends of Guiding president, is appealing to local girls and parents to consider joining the organisation which celebrated its centenary last year - but whose membership is currently down. She told the Hawick News: “We are hoping to increase the numbers of girls involved in Guiding in the town as this year we have places available right across the board in the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, as well as a requirement for new leaders.”

With the Rainbows for 5-7 year olds, the Brownies for 7-10 year olds, and the Guides for 10-14 year olds, each section promote a girl only space where they can work together in small groups, build friendships, make their own decisions, learn new things, sing songs and follow a balanced and varied programme, to name only some of its benefits and experiences.

But alluding to a drop in the number of local girls taking advantage of Guiding, Mrs Chrystie commented: “We think there are maybe not as many girls at the moment and I believe intake for primary one is down.

“But we are just worried that we might have missed some of the girls or parents who are maybe not aware of what we do.”

And throwing open the doors to those keen to find out more, Mrs Chrystie continued: “We would like to invite parents and girls for a taster of what we do. They really are more than welcome to come along.”

This also to applies to anyone interested in becoming a leader, a voluntary role which also offers the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and encourage young people.

Mrs Chrystie added: “Girlguiding is a wonderful organisation to be involved in, and provides many benefits which can lead to so much more in later life.”

For more information, contact district commissioners Amanda Gray on 371459 or Susan Forsyth on 377103.