MP for Ynys Môn, Virginia Crosbie, has announce her hidden hero for August as Guider, Debbie Carmichael, leader of Trearddur Bay Rainbows.
The Rainbows section of GirlGuiding section is home to girls aged 5-7 years and whilst many units across the UK struggled to keep their groups going through and post lockdown, Debbie engaged her unit by sending out challenges, activities and interest badges by post. She then established outdoor face to face meetings as soon as they were permitted.
Alongside preparing covid specific risk assessments this meant taking a new approach to arranging meetings. As well as meeting in Trearddur Bay Village Hall Garden the girls have also enjoyed visits to the beach and Anglesey Forest Club.
“I am delighted to receive this award recognising the work that my team and I have put in over the past year. Demand from both parents and girls to meet face to face has been huge and everyone has been really supportive of the new arrangements we have had to put in place to operate safely” said Debbie.
“It has been challenging but incredibly worthwhile to see the joy on the girls’ faces being able to meet in person. We have six local primary schools represented in our unit and so the girls loved making new friends and reconnecting with their existing ones. We focused our meetings on the girls’ wellbeing and showing support for the community which was exactly what was needed in such strange times.”
Virginia Crosbie said:
“GirlGuiding is a fantastic way to support giving young girls a way to develop skills and experiences they would not normally have access to. I have seen first hand how it builds confidence, social skills and resilience in girls of all ages.”
With twenty years in GirlGuiding under her belt Debbie added:
“I would encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering to consider GirlGuiding. Even if you cannot or don’t want to commit to regular unit meetings, there are lots of behind-the-scenes opportunities to help out such as offering your administrative or accounts skills to local units.”