FENLAND: Big Lottery gives a boost to girl guiding with new units are being set up

PUBLISHED: 13:55 18 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:03 02 June 2010

 Holly Thompson, Manea Girl Guide Group

Holly Thompson, Manea Girl Guide Group

GIRLS in Fenland are getting switched on to guiding thanks to a special three-year project paid for the Big Lottery Fund. Girlguiding Anglia celebrated the regional achievements of SWITCH which has seen new units in Fenland set up and thrive. The special

GIRLS in Fenland are getting switched on to guiding thanks to a special three-year project paid for the Big Lottery Fund.

Girlguiding Anglia celebrated the regional achievements of SWITCH which has seen new units in Fenland set up and thrive.

The special day at Norwich gave girls the opportunity to enjoy activities including abseiling, archery, arts and crafts.

SWITCH has two aspects - SWITCH On and SWITCH Up. Fenland was chosen as a SWITCH on area with groups of girls aged 10 to 25 being set up.

The project in Fenland has given young women the opportunity to take part in a programme of challenging activities. New units in Fenland have taken part in horse riding, roller-skating, dance workshops and glass painting.

Eleven-year-old Holly Thompson from the Manea girls' group said: "The group is great. I've tried lots of new things, I never thought I would get the chance to abseil."

Development worker Jane Levicki said: "SWITCH has given girls the opportunity to meet new people and have fun in a safe and supportive environment..

"The involvement of the older girls in guiding activities has led to a new Brownie group being formed in the area."

The Brownie group is due to open in Manea in September with more than 20 girls expressing an interest in joining and two local volunteers have been found to lead the unit.

The groups for girls meet in Christchurch and Manea. The Christchurch group is for girls aged 12 to 15 and has around eight members. In Manea the group is for girls aged between 10 and 14 and has 16 members.

SWITCH Up provides funding for guiding and non-guiding groups to help girls participate in opportunities that might not otherwise be possible for them. Grants of up to £2,000 were made available.

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