Guide groups call for helpers

Julie Finn, District Commissioner for Guides, and Guide Leader Lara Green with members of the 5th Knaresborogh Guides who need more leaders and adult helpers. (1306216AM1)

Julie Finn, District Commissioner for Guides, and Guide Leader Lara Green with members of the 5th Knaresborogh Guides who need more leaders and adult helpers. (1306216AM1)

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Knaresborough’s Girl Guides area appealing for new volunteers to come forward to help run the popular groups.

The town has several very successful Rainbow, Brownie and Guide groups that have been in existence for many years but even though they are fully subscribed by Guides, some are in danger of closing due to the shortage of adult helpers.

Julie Finn is District Commissioner, and helps run 6th St Mary’s Brownies .

She got involved after finding local groups were so popular she could not find a place for her daughter, and along with friends decided to restart St Mary’s Brownies.

Julie said: “I was a Brownie and a Guide many years ago and as we got started I remembered the songs, the fairy emblems, the hostess badge and all the fun I had as a child.

“All of us as leaders will have memories to cherish and stories to tell. It is hard but rewarding work and if just one of these girls remembers Brownies to be a happy, fun time then it is worth it for me.”

Twenty-one year old Lara Green joined Guides aged 10, and has been involved in the same group ever since.

She said: “Since starting Guides I’ve done a lot of things; finished school, been to university and got a job, but I stayed involved with the same unit and never questioned that. People think leaders are all old and been involved in Guiding for years but doesn’t that say something?

“Through Guides I’ve met some really interesting people and been to some amazing events like the Centenary.”

For details contact Julie Finn on 01423 340169 , Julie Allen on 01423 01423 860286, or go to www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested