Beth Kirby spoke to the Club on 8 June about her forthcoming Girl Guiding trip to Cambodia. She made yummy cakes to sell to Club Members which were a great success and the Club also made a donation to help with the sponsorship she needs for the trip. Beth is pictured here with Club President Denise Powell
Beth explained that she is 20 years old and has been involved in guiding since she was 7 years old – now a qualified leader assisting in the running of brownie units both at home in Welwyn Garden City as well as in Nottingham, where she is at University studying Maths.Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD) enables young women to develop their potential and make a difference in the world. It delivers sustainable community-based development projects ranging from environmental issues to teaching leadership skills. This summer’s project in Cambodia is the 4th year of a 6 year project aiming to provide a sustainable input to help develop Girlguiding in the region. The main aims of the project are to provide: 1. Advocacy and leadership training to young leaders. 2. PR and marketing training to senior volunteers. 3. Recruitment and retention training to senior volunteers. 4. Communication skills and dispute resolution training to senior volunteers. GOLD trips are a fantastic opportunity for Guiding members to travel overseas, improve their skills, experience an amazing new culture and know that they’re having a long-term impact. GOLD projects work in partnership with other Guide Associations around the world and have been making a difference for over 20 years. “This year I have been selected to go to Cambodia, along with five other young women from the UK in the summer of 2015. It will be an amazing experience to help improve guiding within the country as the aims for the trip have been selected in response to the needs of the local community and the guiding association. It will also enable me to share experiences I have had thanks to guiding, and pass on what I have learnt to others. Part of the requirements of the trip is that I raise £1700.”
We are really looking forward to hearing all about it when Beth gets back!