Guide unit under threat due to lack of volunteers

Second Rastrick Guides looking for new leaders and helpers.
Second Rastrick Guides looking for new leaders and helpers.

A Rastrick guide unit is on the verge of closing due to a lack of volunteers.

The 24 guides who attend the 2nd Rastrick Guides at St John’s Church, Rastrick, may have to leave because the unit doesn’t have enough leaders for the amount of guides that attend.

Fiona Roberts restarted the unit in September 2009, but now one of the leaders has had to step down, leaving her to run it with the help of a group of parents who are working on a rota.

“Obviously this is only a temporary solution and if we don’t find any, the unit will close in July,” she said. “I put a message out on Twitter and since then I have had four replies, one of which has visited and agreed to help with running the Rainbows which does take off the pressure there. But I still need someone for guides.

“Volunteers don’t need to have any qualifications but just turn up and be willing to get involved with activities. But the girls really do their own programme.

“I cannot run it on my own, I also help with Rainbows and I have three children of my own. It is likely to close in the summer if we don’t find someone else to help. It would also be nice to have someone bringing some new ideas to the group.”

She said it was important for girls between ten and 15 to have something apart from school. “They meet up with friends and it is a bit of downtime doing activities they don’t always get chance to do,” she said. “It is part of the community locally and it always looks good when girls are applying for jobs or places at colleges and universities.”

If anyone is interested they can visit https://enquiryv.girlguiding.org.uk and parents can register their daughters at https://enquiryym.girlguiding.org.uk People can also email the group directly at girlguiding_stjohns@hotmail.co.uk