We are Girlguiding Manchester. Through fun, friendship, challenge and adventure we empower girls to find their voice, inspiring them to discover the best in themselves and to make a positive difference in their community. We encourage our 5,000+ members to give new challenges and adventures a go. Whether thats camping, canoeing, grass sleding, swimming or pioneering. Our amazing volunteers have a brilliant time too - learning new skills, being role models and making friends for life. But with girls on our waiting lists, we still need more people to join. Whoever you are, wherever you're from - all girls are welcome.
Rainbows is our section for girls aged 5 to 7. Rainbows is all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. Girls get their hands dirty with arts and crafts, try out cooking and play games. Rainbows is all about learning by doing.
Rainbows follow a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw, through which they can take part in lots of different activities with other girls their own age.
Brownies is our section for girls aged 7 to 10. Through regular meetings, special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays, Brownies learn new hobbies, play music, explore other cultures and get adventurous outdoors. Girls can also extend their knowledge and abilities by working towards Brownie Interest Badges covering many different hobbies and activities from Science investigator to Circus skills.
Brownies become a member of a ‘Six’, a unit with a name such as Badger, Fox, Mole, Squirrel, Hedgehog or Rabbit, and follow a programme called the Brownie Adventure. The name reflects the world of exciting opportunities, challenges and fun that is Brownies.
Guides is our section for girls aged 10 to 14. By becoming part of a worldwide community of girls who learn together and share skills and experiences, Guides have the chance to get out there and do something really different.
Members take part in a wide range of exciting activities at their regular meetings, and at special events or holidays. Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects.
Guides work together in small groups or ‘Patrols’ and, with the support of an adult Leader, choose and run some of the activities themselves using resource packs.
The Senior Section is for young women aged 14 to 25. Members of The Senior Section can choose from a wide range of unique and exciting opportunities, including travel in the UK and around the world, volunteering with younger girls within Girlguiding as a Mentors or Leaders, and working towards valuable qualifications. The Senior Section offers a varied and flexible programme with a huge variety of challenges and opportunities for personal development.
The programme offers a range of activities and challenges that motivate members to try out new things – it could be learning a language, playing a musical instrument, running a marathon, camping in the wild or volunteering overseas. It is flexible and participants can take their chosen activities as far as they wish, from taster level all the way to gaining a qualification that is recognised outside of guiding.
Members of The Senior Section can undertake a wide range of awards and qualifications. These include the Leadership Qualification, which qualifies them to run guiding Units for our younger sections, the internationally-recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, the Queen’s Guide Award, the Commonwealth Award and other prestigious awards specific to guiding. There are also many international opportunities open to members of The Senior Section. They range from attending guiding events abroad to volunteering on community projects in developing countries.
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Hyde Division is split into 3 Districts, Hyde North, Hyde South & Broadbottom Hattersley & Mottram District. Alongside Division Commissioner Diane Padley, these Districts are supported by Jo Yates, Holly Summersgill, Joan Todd & Cheryl Hadfield as District Commissioners. Hyde currently has 87 amazing volunteers providing exciting activities and opportunities to over 350 young members each week! We are always looking for more members, so do sign up and join us! Diane can be reached on- [email protected]
The geography of our Division borders North Manchester, Rochdale and Oldham. We have 19 units, covering Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section led by a fantastic, experienced team of Leaders. We provide fun, adventure and new experiences at our meetings; take girls on trips bowling, ro the pantomime, and zoo visits as well as offering residential opportunities for a night or weekend away. We encourage girls to tell us what they would like to do at our unit meetings and offer them a voice on issues they feel strongly about. New volunteers are always welcomed, the more we have, the more we can expand and offer our experiences to more girls.
Pennine Division is led by Natalie Mellor Fallon, who provide support to over 120 volunteers in the local area! With a strong guiding background, Jen took on the role of District Commissioner for Etherow District back in 2014, before agreeing to take on the role of Division Commissioner 2 years later. Nat followed similarly, after being District Commissioner for Howard Town & Old Glossop District before forming a Division Commissioner duo with Jen. With a strong love for the outdoors, Jen & Nat like to encourage units to get outdoors and take part in residentials!
South Manchester Division covers the area from Chorlton in the West across Whalley Range, Didsbury and Burnage in the East. We have 36 Units split in to 4 Districts, covering all ages from Rainbows through to Senior Section, and also have 2 Trefoil Guilds! We have a much younger than average age of Leaders with a huge number of students at the Manchester Universities volunteering with us while they are here studying. This brings us the added bonuses of fresh ideas for activities to take part in each week, alongside the traditional ideas provided by our life-long members. The flip side is a much higher turnover of volunteers as many students leave the area after graduating, so we are constantly looking for new people to join our team. We are a friendly and welcoming bunch, come and join us!