Girls Learning to Lead

GG0-14A218th October 2017

On what turned out to be a very warm, autumnal day, over 55 members of Girlguiding Oxfordshire came together to focus on their leadership skills.

During the morning Brownie sixers and seconders, a young leader and their leaders worked together and separately to explore what leadership means to them and how to really put Girls in the Lead within the unit. The afternoon provided patrol leaders and seconds with the same opportunity.

The Brownie and Guide sessions were both led by our amazing peer educator, Hannah Griffiths, who came back from uni for the weekend especially to support the event.

This is what Hannah had to say about the day:

“Girls learning to lead was a very successful event and provided a fantastic opportunity for girls to demonstrate and develop their leadership skills. ‘I learnt how to be a better patrol leader’.

It was a joy to watch the girls work so well together with those from other units, recognising each other’s strengths and reflecting on their experience afterwards.

This day also provided a unique opportunity for both leaders and girls to learn individually and from each other. The session finished with discussions between girls and their leaders as to how they could use their new found knowledge and continue developing their skills in weekly meetings. Many girls asked for more responsibilities and to be more involved with their meetings and so hopefully this will lead to the start of a more girl led programme.”

The adults were also well looked after with a team of trainers from Oxfordshire who are all keen to repeat the success in the future. This was echoed by many of the participants who want more girls to benefit from the training or even come again themselves! Lots of them also commented on how much they enjoyed working with others and provided us with constructive feedback to help us offer an even better experience next time.

A big thank you must go to all of the training team that made the day possible, watch this space for the next one…

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