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9:52 PM 15th February 2021
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New Rainbow Group Opens In Sheffield

Despite a global pandemic, Girlguiding meetings are still happening across Sheffield enabling girls to have Adventures at Home and see their friends using virtual meetings.

A brand new Rainbow group in Sheffield has been able to open to meet demand from the youngest members, aged from 5 – 7.

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Many of the existing volunteers are keyworkers so it’s been difficult to run some meetings, but recently new volunteers have stepped forward to offer their services; as a result existing groups have been merged to form the 1st Hallam and Crosspool District Rainbow unit. This has offered youngsters in the Nether Green, Ranmoor & Crosspool areas the opportunity to start their Girlguiding adventure.

Members will be introduced to Girlguiding virtually to begin with and then with face to face as soon as this is possible.

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Division Commissioner Kerri Hickman says:
“I am delighted that we are still able to offer Guiding in the midst of a pandemic.

"Historically, Girl Guides have always risen to the occasion in difficult times showing resilience and imaginative ways of solving problems. It is heart warming to see local volunteer leaders continuing to work together to support units and each other, and we look forward to welcoming our new Rainbows.

"However, there are still a large number of girls on waiting lists and we would welcome further volunteers. We feel it is more important than ever to be able to offer girls and young women a safe space. Many leaders have also found positive benefits to volunteering during a lockdown – not least is breaking the boxset/sofa/eating/online quiz routine and having something to look forward to each week!”

After their first virtual meeting Rainbow Emmie, 6, says:
“I LOVE it, it’s the best thing in my life!” and mum of Lila, 5, says “Lila really enjoyed Rainbows. She was really engaged the whole time and can’t wait for the next one”.

To register interest in joining Girlguiding Sheffield as a young member or volunteer, please visit www.girlguiding.org.uk or call 0800 169 5901.