Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK.
Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good.
We are for all girls and young women, whatever their background and circumstances. We offer them fun, exciting activities and the chance to make life-long friends.
- We are open to all girls – of all faiths and none.
- Our groups are fully integrated to include girls with disabilities, we offer grants to ensure that they and their carers can join us on camps and trips.
Rainbows are girls aged five to seven (four to seven in Northern Ireland) and follow a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw, through which they can take part in lots of different activities with girls their own age.
Brownies are girls aged seven to ten who become a member of a Six and follow a programme called the Brownie Adventure. Brownies opens up a world of exciting challenges and the opportunity to try new things and to make brilliant friends.
Guides are girls aged 10 to 14 who are given the chance to explore their individual skills and abilities and try out new challenges as part of a team. Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects.
The Senior Section offers young women aged 14 to 26 the opportunity to develop their skills and abilities through a flexible and inspiring programme which offers a huge variety of challenges, activities and opportunities for personal development.
We give girls a space where they can really be themselves with other girls and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world.
- We know from our research that being girl-only is one of the things our young members value most about guiding.
- Our Girls in Action project educates girls about sensitive issues affecting their peers around the world like violence against women, street children and girls’ education.
We give the girls the confidence, skills and information to make informed decisions. We show girls how they can speak out and take positive action to improve their lives and the lives of others.
- We produce the UK's largest annual survey of girls' opinions – Girls’ Attitudes – on issues from role models and equality, to university fees and plastic surgery.
- We have a dedicated youth advocacy panel called Advocate! to help girls speak out publicly about issues they care about.
- We are relevant to today’s girls because we listen to them and constantly evolve and adapt what we offer them without losing what makes us uniquely us.
- Twice a year Girlguiding hosts the BIG GIG – a massive pop concert for more than 20,000 Guides – with performances from some of the biggest and most popular current artists.
- Our camps, holidays and trips give girls the chance to try new adventures, from quad-biking, orienteering and abseiling, to zorbing, canoeing and zip-wiring.
To get involved go to www.girlguiding.org.uk and click on get involved - you will then have the opportunity to put in the information about your daughter and select a unit close to where you live. They will contact you directly.
Alternatively you can call 0800 1 69 59 01 and follow the above procedure to gain access to a local unit.
This is the method of entry into Girlguiding for all who wish to be involved - girls and adults too.
My child has a disability or additional need; can they join Scouts?
The Scout Association is committed to being inclusive of all young people, regardless of ability or disability and has a clear Equal Opportunities Policy. There is flexibility within Scouting and all Scout groups should make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support the inclusion of young people with disabilities or additional needs.
Scouting is delivered by adult volunteers and is not a statutory provision (such as the education system, for example); however we endorse systems of supporting our volunteers with inclusion. We encourage local volunteers to meet with the parents/carers of the young person to discuss their individual needs and plan support strategies. In some locations, there are also volunteers specialising in supporting inclusion. However, despite this and the best efforts of our volunteers, there may be situations where a particular Group does not have the capacity or resources to meet the needs of a young person or make the reasonable adjustments necessary. In such instances, local volunteers can work with the parents/carers, to find an alternative Group.
You can contact the Scout Information Centre who can provide information and put you in touch with local volunteers, to discuss and find out about local Groups. If further support or information is required, you can contact the Diversity and Inclusion team at Headquarters on firstname.lastname@example.org