How Melton’s Girlguides have stayed connected in lockdown

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Violet Newell shows off her many badges from Asfordby 1st Rainbows EMN-210215-173006001
Girlguides across the Melton area have continued to meet up online every week for almost the last year despite lockdowns preventing them from gathering in person.

Leaders have risen to the challenge of getting to grips with technology and adapting activities to keep all in touch.

The majority of the units within the Melton division have run some form of virtual weekly meeting to enable a large percentage of youngsters to keep having fun.

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Local Girlguides have had support from the Leicestershire county, midlands region and national movement to allow the girls to take part in virtual sleepovers, camps, festivals and a Christmas panto.

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Emma Coulson shows off her many badges from Asfordby 1st Rainbows EMN-210215-173016001

As well as earning lots of programme badges, they’ve also enjoyed activities relating to Children in Need and UK Parliament Week with a virtual ‘visit’ from local MP Alicia Kearns.

The girls made Christmas cards for residents of local care homes and they came together online for a division Christmas party.

Sharene Hourd, district commissioner Burrough on the Hill District, Melton Divison Guiding. told the Melton Times: “We think it is so important for the girls to remain connected in this way, especially with so many of them unable to be at school and see friends and relatives.

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“It gives us all something positive to look forward to each week. We want to thank all our members, from the adult volunteers, many of whom are also key workers, to our committed and resilient young people.”

Melton Girlguides are looking forward to a packed weekend of activities coming up to celebrate World Thinking Day, which is celebrated every February 22.

Young people interested in joining any of the four sections (Rainbows for ages 5-7, Brownies for ages 7-10, Guides for ages 10-14 and Rangers for ages 14-18) can register at www.girlguiding.org.uk/information-for-parents/register-your-daughter while adults should go to www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-volunteer if they are interested in a volunteer role.

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