This summer, Girlguiding Staffordshire hosted their international camp called Unity supported by a donation of £500 from Safer Communities CIC.
We’d like to thank the Safer Communities CIC for their kind donation towards our community projects. We would not have been able carry out any of these projects without the financial support provided. The support for our community projects enabled volunteers to benefit three different groups in communities across Staffordshire
The week-long camp is held every four years and offers guides the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities around the theme of “#inmyelement”. This included STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), adventure and traditional camp activities. This camp was planned by volunteers including the “Service Team”. Safer Communities CIC made a donation of £500 towards the cost of the activities.
The Service Team was made up of 85 members of Girlguiding aged 16 – 26. The girls were from all across Staffordshire as well as places as far away as Aberdeen and Southampton. They gave up their week to help run the camp which included helping on activities, entertainment security, running a crèche, helping with emergency procedures and office duties.
The Service Team was split into five teams to make the duties more manageable and to allow the opportunity to give back to the local community by completing three projects in different locations across Staffordshire.
At Rocester Church a team spent a full day in the pouring rain on the only rainy day of the summer, clearing the path up to and around the church to make it more accessible for users. The work was completed in record time and made a huge difference to the grounds.
Two teams spent a day at Valley Primary School in Oakamoor transforming the garden into a more friendly and colourful environment for the students. They added educational images around the garden area and used old tyres to create additional seating. They even uncovered a pond that had been lost to weeds.
The third project was at Briar Hill Nursing Home in Rugeley where two teams spent a full day each reclaiming and developing a sensory garden for the residents. Residents worked closely with the teams so that they were involved in the planning and design. The team created wind chimes using cutlery, added bright colours onto the previously plain items in the garden, and created new planters at various heights for those with mobility issues.
Sian Osborn, Service Team Core member, said: “We’d like to thank the Safer Communities CIC for their kind donation towards our community projects. We would not have been able carry out any of these projects without the financial support provided. The support for our community projects enabled volunteers to benefit three different groups in communities across Staffordshire. “