Marlborough group in need of guidance
12:00pm Sunday 6th October 2013 in Latest News
MARLBOROUGH may have to wave goodbye to its Girl Guide group if volunteer leaders don’t come forward.
The group is run by Diane Shepherd with the help of her daughter Becca Wingate but the pair are stepping down at Christmas because of a change in work commitments.
The Guides meet between 4.30pm and 6pm on a Tuesday at the Scout hut in George Lane but this could be changed to meet the new leaders’ requirements.
Wendy Beattie, district commissioner for Marlborough, said: “Ideally we are looking for two or three leaders.
“Diane has been doing it for six years by herself and, speaking from experience, it’s a lot to take on if there is just one of you.
“If there is a group of two or three it’s nice, you can divide up the work between you.
“At the moment the group meets very early, which is unusual for a Guide group as they usually meet between 7pm-9pm, but that was the time Diane could do and we were grateful to her for doing it.”
Leaders need to be over 18 but there is no upper age limit. If new leaders are not found by November the group will be forced to stop meeting.
Mrs Beattie said: “It would be devastating if we lost the group. We’re looking for people who can communicate with young girls and have a positive outlook on life.
“Being a Guide leader is all about encouraging the girls to try new challenges and teaching them how to be independent.”
And Mrs Beattie believes that the volunteers get at least as much out of the experience as they put in.
She said: “For me, seeing the girls come back week after week is so rewarding.
“On camp we had a girl who was terrified of heights and we asked her to try going just two feet up the climbing wall. By the end of the day she had got all the way to the top and wanted to do it again which is just a fantastic thing to be part of.”
Volunteers can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01672) 540808.
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