Volunteering with Girlguiding Essex North East is a great way to make a difference – you can help create amazing opportunities for thousands of girls in our county!
Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those around you and with Girlguiding there are so many opportunities that you can take up from being a Unit Helper, organising events, accounts, or even help promote and recruit more volunteers starting from one hour a week!
Whether you want to develop skills to support your career, help out to build your CV, aid your education or even if you are just simply passionate about helping girls fulfill their potential, by volunteering you will work closely with girls and young women, offering them support and guidance at crucial stages in their lives.
So no matter how much time you have to give, there’s an opportunity for you
Join a team of inspirational Leaders, provide occasional support, or simply share a skill or passion with girls in a local unit – all while benefiting from the adventure and opportunities guiding has to offer. Take a look at the national website https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved/ to find out the many ways you can be involved.
EWAG grants £1000 to Colchester Science Festival
In March 2017 EWAG made a grant of £1,000 to Colchester Royal Grammar School to support the first Colchester Science Festival. Our aim was to encourage the promotion of science and technology related careers to young people, particularly young women and girls.
The one-day event, held during British Science Week, was a great success, attracting 2,000 visitors. The event aims to be inclusive, and is therefore free entry and open to all, to encourage young people, regardless of background or gender, to be inspired by STEM and hopefully consider pursuing the study of STEM subjects.
Plans are already afoot for the Colchester Science Festival 2018 and EWAG hopes to be able to support the event again. If you are, or know someone who is, involved in STEM related projects, please get in touch to see how you can support this fantastic event.
Hiking the Essex Way for Essex Girls
From 8-11th March 2017, our Chairwoman Juliet Townsend travelled 81 miles on foot, from Epping to Harwich, on the various footpaths of The Essex Way. Her aim was to raise funds and awareness of EWAG by creating a self-guided adventure and inviting people to follow her progress online or in real life if they fancied a stroll with her. You can click on the link below to read more about her wonderful adventure and to find out how the money she has raised will be spent.
Cricket for Essex Girls
At the start of 2016, Essex Cricket partnered with EWAG to offer recognition for the work of any member of the Under 15 and Under 17 County Girls Squad had undertaken in her own time to grow the game of cricket. The girls in these squads are great role models, and the aim is to help them recognise this and to build their self confidence and self esteem enough for them to pass on their knowledge and inspire the next generation of girls. We were looking for them to improve leadership, organisation, time management and communication skills through delivering cricket – key skills for their future.
This year’s award, sponsored by EWAG, was won by Jessica Bird. In the last year she provided an after School Cricket Club for St George’s Primary School in Great Bromley which ran for the summer term; she supported the Colts Training at Great Bromley and District Cricket Club; and she helped with the Under 11 and Under 13 Essex Girls Winter Training. What she most enjoyed about this was that through her work at the School, it was good to see some new younger girls and boys start to play cricket, and it also helped with encouraging new members to join the local Cricket Club at Great Bromley, leading to the Club being able to start another Colts Team for the 2017 season.
When asked what skills Jess thought had improved by volunteering, she said it had helped in her Sports Science and Sports Coaching College Course in providing valuable experience with coaching groups. It had boosted her self confidence and helped her plan coaching sessions and seeing what works and what does not. It also provided her with feedback from which she has been able to learn. In the 2016 season Jess completed approximately 50 hours of volunteering with her after School clubs each week and the Colts training each week, plus some additional time for Essex.
In December 2016, EWAG donated £2,000 to Safer Places, whose vision is to ensure safety, improve quality of life, and reduce repeat victimisation for the survivors of domestic violence. They provide a wide range of services to support those affected by domestic abuse. In a letter to our co-founder Daphne Field, Janet Dalrymple CEO wrote, ” It is because of people like yourself and EWAG that we can continue to support our clients and empower them to regain control of their lives as well as providing a high standard of safe accommodation. We will ensure that the money you have donated is used for family activities, where parents and children can bond and learn to communicate again following the trauma of domestic abuse.”
Over 9,000 signatures and counting. We’re right behind this petition to remove the derogatory definition of an Essex Girl from the Dictionary. Congratulations to Juliet and Natasha from The Mother Hub for getting this the media attention it deserves and for bringing #EssexGirls together.
For nearly 100 years Soroptimist International has been making a difference to the lives of women and girls, locally, nationally and internationally. On the 20th November 2016 the local Chelmsford branch celebrated its 65th birthday and to mark the occasion it awarded one of our EWAG’s co-founders, Daphne Field, with its Best of Sisters Award. This photo shows the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Patricia Hughes, presenting the award to Daphne in recognition of all the hard work she has done and continues to do for Essex women and girls.
Girl Guides Petition to End Sexual Harrassment in Schools
A recent survey shows that three in five girls and young women aged 13 to 21 have experienced sexual harassment at school in the past year. Three-quarters say anxiety about experiencing sexual harassment negatively affects their lives in some way, including a quarter saying it makes them think twice about speaking up in class. The Girl Guides, amongst others, have been calling for change and believe that something must be done urgently. The cross-party Women and Equalities Select Committee launched an inquiry into sexual harassment and sexual violence at school, and with the help of Girlguiding they released their report and recommendations on 12th September 2016.
There is now a petition calling on education ministers across England, Wales and Scotland to end sexual harassment in schools. The government has six weeks to respond to the report’s recommendations, and the Girl Guides will be keeping up the pressure throughout that period, sharing case studies, blogs and statistics on their website and social media.
This Girl Can Essex
This Girl Can is a national campaign to inspire more women and girls to be more physically active. It is a celebration of the active women who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get. Whatever your size, ability or previous experience, sport can be a fun and enjoyable part of your life. There are many ways that you can get involved in the This Girl Can Campaign in Essex from funding to start up a new women’s activity group to a guide on how you can utilse the campaign to get more women participating in your sport or club. Follow the campaign on Twitter @thisgirlcanUK and use the hashtag #thisgirlcan, or visit the website at www.activeessex.org/Get-Active/thisgirlcan or at www.facebook.com/ThisGirlCanEssex.
Girls from the 1st Galleywood Guide Unit, accepting on behalf of Girlguiding Essex North East, a cheque for £1,000 from Daphne Field of the Essex Women’s Advisory Group. (March 2016.)