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  • Rainbows and Brownies meeting the Countess of Wessex
  • Brownies at Willow Tree, our County residential activity centre

Who we are

Young Members

Rainbows (5-7 years)

Rainbows are our youngest members and are aged between 5 and 7. Rainbows has an exciting programme for members to learn and grow through having fun, learning new skills and going on adventures – both in their regular meetings and at special events. They get their hands dirty, whether that is learning life skills, getting in touch with nature, doing arts and crafts or playing games with friends.

A big part of Rainbows is earning badges. They can gain interest badges for everything from Recycling and Construction to Storytelling and being an Animal Lover. They can also start their Skills Builder journey and work towards six different Theme Awards earning them their Rainbow Gold Award which shows their commitment and encourages pride in their achievements.

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Brownies (7-10 years)

Brownies are aged between 7 and 10 and introduces members to a world of new opportunities, challenges and fun. They get together with their Brownie friends at regular meetings where they learn new hobbies, get creative, develop skills and have outdoor adventures. Girls can also get the chance to go along to holidays, day trips and sleepovers. To encourage teamwork and leadership skills as well as independence, they work in small groups called Sixes which are led by a Brownie ‘Sixer’ and ’Seconder.’

A big part of Brownies is earning badges. They can gain interest badges for everything from Aviation and Speaking Out to Baking and Mindfulness. They can continue working on their Skills Builder journey and work towards six different Theme Awards earning them their Brownie Gold Award.

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Guides (10-14 years)

Guides are aged between 10 and 14 and is all about having the chance to challenge themselves, develop new skills, make change and most importantly have fun! As well as regular weekly meetings, girls will have adventures out and about in their local areas or further a field, get the chance to go away on camps or holidays and maybe even travel abroad. Girls help choose the activities they do in meetings and are encouraged to work together and lead in small groups named Patrols.

A big part of Guides is earning badges. They can gain interest badges for everything from Whittling and Campaigning to Photography and Confectionary. They can continue working on their Skills Builder journey and work towards six different Theme Awards earning them their Guide Gold Award.

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Rangers (14-18 years)

Rangers are aged between 14 and 18 and members are encouraged to take the lead and find new challenges. As with the younger sections, Rangers is all about having adventures, learning life skills having fun and making friends for life. They also have the chance, if they choose, to gain awards, travel the world and take on leadership roles within Girlguiding.

A big part of Rangers is earning badges. They can gain interest badges for everything from Event Planning and Bushcraft to Costume design and Travel. They can continue working on their Skills Builder journey and work towards six different Theme Awards earning them their Ranger Gold Award.

In addition to these awards, Rangers may also choose to become Peer Educators or work towards awards such as their Queen’s Guide and Duke of Edinburgh awards.

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Young Leaders (14-18 years)

Young Leaders are aged between 14 and 18 and volunteer with Rainbows, Brownies or Guides. They are an integral part of our volunteering teams and act as great role models for our younger members. Being a Young Leader is a great way to develop skills in leadership, communication and team working. If they choose to Young Leaders can also work towards their Young Leader qualification which is designed to help them take an active, positive part in running a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide unit.

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Adult Members


Inspire (18-30 years)

Inspire is a community for adult members aged 18-30 with opportunities to get to know new people across the county, attend social events and be part of a peer led support network.

Inspire Members can also choose to work on awards such as their Queen's Guide or Duke of Edinburgh Awards, take on roles such as Peer Educator and take part in various national and international opportunities.

To find out more about Inspire opportunities within our County and connect with other members of a similar age, follow us on Instagram, join our Facebook group or drop us an email.


Adult Volunteers

Girlguiding Middlesex North West has over 400 adults volunteering in a whole range of roles. You can become a Unit Leader or Assistant Leader, volunteer as a Unit Helper or if you are not able to commit every week, you can help out at a unit from time to time as a Unit Occasional Helper. There are other opportunities to support Girlguiding locally for example as administrators, treasurers, secretaries, trainers or in marketing and recruitment roles.

Whether you have been in Guiding as a child or would welcome the opportunity to join us now, we would love to hear from you. Full training is given and volunteers are supported by a local commissioner (lead volunteer).

Find out more about the different Volunteer Roles in Guiding

Trefoil Guild

The Trefoil Guild is open to all adults who have an interest in the Girlguiding movement, be they current unit leaders, ex leaders or those who at some time in their life have been a Guide, Brownie or Rainbow. We also welcome those who have never been members but would like to support Girlguiding in their area.

In Middlesex North West we have seven Guilds covering the areas around Belmont, Harrow, Heathrow, Pinner, Ruislip, Northwood, Uxbridge. Each Guild has its own programme of activities, outings, etc as well as joining together at times with all the other Guilds in our County. Trefoil Guild also provide help when needed for Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Senior Section events at which their experience and support is welcomed by Girlguiding Leaders in our County.


COUNTY CONTACTS


COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Melissa Frost: countycomm@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

DIVISION COMMISSIONER

Marian Brown, Ruislip-Northwood: Divc.ruislipnorthwood@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Emma Calderbank and Sarah Past, Wealdstone: Divc.wealdstone@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Sharon Cargill, Heathrow: Divc.heathrow@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Chris Hughes, Harrow/Pinner: Divc.harrowpinner@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Helen Hutchings, Uxbridge: Divc.uxbridge@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

ADVISORS & CO-ORDIANTORS

County Marketing and Communications Team: countynews@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Lesley Betts, County Duke of Edinburgh Award Adviser: dofe@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Niki Caplan, County Badge Secretary: badgesecretary@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Eileen Carter, County Trefoil Guild Chair: trefoil@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Val Copenhagen, County Senior Section Adviser: countyseniorsection@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Janet Davis, County Leadership Qualification Co-ordinator: leadership@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Jackie Diamond, County Residential Adviser: residential@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Karen Hoptroff, County International Adviser: international@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Helen Hutchings, County Training Co-ordinator: training@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Alice Mulvenna, County Inspire Co-ordinator: inspire@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Anne Porcheron, County Treasurer: treasurer@girlguidingmiddxnw.org.uk

Willow Tree Bookings (currently being managed by Janet Davis): info@willowtreecentre.co.uk