Edgware District GirlGuides
I volunteer as a Leader to Edgware District GirlGuides. I have gained experience volunteering across the different units; Rainbows (aged 5-7), Brownies (aged 7-10), Guides (aged 10-14), and Rangers (14-18). In my position, I, together with my co-Leaders, plan, run, and fund-raise for regular meetings, trips, and camps in a wide range of focus areas.
Awards & Achievements
Adult Leadership Qualification: Achieved at Brownies, Guides, and Rangers level; this qualification consisted of six modules worth of assessed written work and activities.
Queen’s Guide Award: An award granted for excelling in the following areas;
– Guiding service: minimum one hundred hours of volunteer work
– Outdoor challenge: building teamwork and leadership skills over two nights and three days with a team of people unknown previously
– Personal skill development: advance in a skill for a minimum of sixty hours over a year
– Community action: practical and research projects
– Residential: plan and run an international trip for four people
Following this achievement, I took on the additional responsibility of mentoring Rangers who are in the process of completing their Queen’s Guide Award in my local area.
Jack Petchy Achievement Award: An award granted in recognition of voluntary services to Edgware Girl Guide units
Chief’s Guide Award: A personal development qualification involving the completion of activities in eight key areas, for a minimum of forty-five hours in each area. This includes development within; community action, leadership, internationalism, personal values, and independent living.
Senior Section Permit: In preparation for becoming the Leader of Edgware District Rangers, I underwent relevant training, planned and executed a camp, passed an examination and submitted written work for seven modules.
Commonwealth Award: This award involved five challenges, including volunteering, public speaking and debating, and more.
Baden Powell Award: This award involves completing ten challenges in a range of areas, including global awareness, diversity, interpersonal skills, and more.
The READY Programme
The READY Programme, backed by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), is a voluntary course on which participants explore the design of creative solutions for global issues such as poverty and environmental sustainability.
Over the course of a year, we examined and analyzed third world problems using various methods. We then brainstormed to develop a solution and evaluated how it could be designed to suit a local community in Zambia. We assessed various methods of design, created plans that ensured the sustainability of the project. Finally, we presented our project to employers, professionals and peers.
During this course we practiced a range of transferable skills, such as:
- Appraisal techniques
- Technical skills
- Project management
With the help of two team members, I developed a project that could benefit the refugee community Mayukwayukwa. Using only the limited resources available in this society, we created a hydraulic-powered refrigerator to support the needs of the marketplace; bringing a source of sustainable energy to the community and reducing their daily wastage.
Throughout this project I have learned so much and my horizons have been considerably broadened. It was a privilege to participate in the READY programme and I hope to have similarly exciting experiences in the future.
The Brunel+ Award is designed to demonstrate to employers that the achiever is a well-rounded candidate with skills beyond academia. It tests an individual’s dedication, team-work capabilities, confidence, analytics and communication skills and commercial awareness. Personal development is assessed across four criteria; Professional, Campus, Culture, and Wellbeing.
- In January 2017, I attained my Bronze award.
- In May 2017, I attained my Silver award.
- In April 2018, I attained my Gold award.