Guides Looking for a New Leadership Team

1st Henley Guides are looking for a new leadership team. The current team will be leaving this Summer and a new team is needed to replace them. The aim is for the new team to  join the existing team and be ready to take over in September.

1st Henley Guides was registered in December 1914 and has met regularly since then. It is believed to be one of the longest continuously running Guide units in the World.

The current leadership team is led by Gill Chappell who has been with the unit since 1995. Speaking about her decision to leave she says “Being a Guide leader has enriched my life in so many ways. I’ve done things I never thought I would do and learned so much. However now is the time for me to move on and find new things to do in my life.”

Francesca Hurt has been with the unit since 2008 but for the past 10 years has been living and working in London and travelling to Henley once a week for Guides.  Increasing responsibilities in her career, pressures on her time and needing to travel more for work mean she can no longer continue to volunteer in Henley.

Speaking about her time as a Guide Leader she says “It has been a wonderful nearly 15 years with Henley Guides.  It has been so rewarding and I will have so many happy memories from this time. I particularly enjoy the fact that as a leader you get to join in with so many of the activities alongside the girls which makes it all the more fun.”

Jessica Bishop has been a leader since 2009 but her involvement with 1st Henley Guides began when she joined as a Guide at 10 years old. She also has a developing career and no longer lives in Henley.

You don’t need to have been a Brownie or Guide yourself to volunteer.

The only qualification you need is to be interested in empowering girls and giving them new experiences, sharing your skills with them and being a role model.

You will be given a mentor and other support to complete the Girlguiding leadership qualification.

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over 320,000 members. Thanks to the dedication and support of over 80,000 amazing volunteers, who are active in every part of the UK, giving 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.

If you are interested in finding out more about what is involved in becoming a volunteer, please email guideshenley@gmail.com to arrange a chat with one of the existing team.

 

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