A ‘Ginormous Choir’ in Nottingham’s Albert Hall paused for a moment to allow three Young Leaders to accept the Lord-Lieutenant’s Award for Promoting Voluntary Service on behalf of the 9,000 members of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire.
Grace (17) of 1st Carlton Guides & Brownies, Leah (14) of 2nd Worksop Priory Guides and Hannah (18), who is Leader in Training with 19th Mansfield Brownies, were presented with the award by Deputy Lieutenant Robin Wilson in front of the 500 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers – plus adult volunteers – who had gathered to create a giant choir in a day.
‘It’s estimated that Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s 1,884 volunteers give an average of 600 hours of their time each year. That amounts to 113,000 hours – a lot of time to spend organising events like these for the benefit of our communities,’ said Deputy Lord Lieutenant Robin Wilson. ‘The Guides’ programme is extensive and fun, and the life-skills learnt in Guiding are an invaluable proving ground… leadership, the ability to form friendships and work together and practical skills are all excellent examples for their peers to follow.’
The official link between the Monarchy and the County of Nottinghamshire, the Lord-Lieutenant represents the Crown in the county, and one of the key roles of the office is to celebrate the achievements of the people of Nottinghamshire and their service to others. In his letter to County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, Lord-Lieutenant Sir John Peace asked for his congratulations to be passed on to Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s entire membership and expressed his thanks for the ‘magnificent contribution you are all making to improve the lives of your members and of the community in which they live.’
The nomination process involved an extensive written submission followed by presentations to Deputy Lieutenant Robin Wilson, on whose recommendation the award was made. The application embraced all aspects of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s activities, including international opportunities, interest badges and support for those with special needs, as well as community projects. The achievements of individuals, of units and of divisions were also celebrated, as was the lasting legacy of Girlguiding membership in terms of building resilience, transferrable skills, friendships and confidence amongst girls and young women across the county.
‘Those of us involved see for ourselves every day the impact we have on our members and on the wider community,’ said Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst. ‘But this doesn’t happen without a huge amount of hard work, dedication and enthusiasm from our volunteers and I thank Sir John Peace and the office of the Lord-Lieutenancy for paying tribute to this so publicly.’
Girlguiding Nottinghamshire supports and encourages girls of all ages and abilities to get the most out of life, and enquiries about membership and volunteering opportunities are always welcome. For details call County Headquarters on 0115 987 7220 or visit www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk