A local East Sussex Girlguiding volunteer was given the chance to represent Girlguiding at the annual Women of the World (WOW) Festival at London’s Southbank Centre. alongside Sandi Toksvig and Gillian Anderson.
Tori Lansley, 32, who is a unit Leader for 1st Battle Rainbows, said: “I like attending these kinds of events as an opportunity to represent our charity in a new and different environment.
“It’s important to shout out about all the different things Girlguiding does and that it’s not just for children.
“The best bit of the day was hearing people’s memories of guiding and seeing them light up when talking about all the amazing things they did. It’s great to reignite their passion for guiding at events like this.”
Visitors to the Girlguiding stand had the opportunity to write inspirational ‘girls can’ and my ‘role model is’ messages, which were displayed on the stall and discuss the opportunities the young members have had thanks to guiding.
Tori, who joined as a Brownie, spoke about the opportunities she’s had through the charity such as representing Girlguiding at Brighton Pride, being invited to speak on BBC Radio and various camping trips.
Girlguiding is committed to providing girl only spaces, helping them to lead the way and creating an environment where they can try new things, help other people and discover their passions and talents.
As the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women Girlguiding has created many campaigns with girls at heart.
Last year Girlguiding created a petition calling on the education ministers of England, Scotland and Wales to end sexual harassment in schools.
As well as launching the UK’s largest advocacy network Action for Change, which is a yearlong project for girls to learn about advocacy and campaigning in their local area.
The WOW Festival ran from 7 – 12 March.
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