Girls aged 5-18 years from across Cambridgeshire have been set an exciting new
challenge by Julie Spence, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, which she launched at a special event in Ely today (Saturday 8 February 2020).
The neighbouring counties of Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East and Girlguiding
Cambridgeshire West have joined forces with the Lord-Lieutenant to offer all their girls
and young women the opportunity to complete The Lord-Lieutenant’s Challenge.
The challenge will give girls and young women opportunities to stretch themselves as they learn about and serve their local community, before taking positive action to improve their lives and the lives of others.
The relaunch of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Challenge came about as one of the Deputy
Lieutenants, Lily Bacon, a former Brownie herself, spent time with girls and young women involved in Girlguiding and realised how closely the promise made by all members was also fulfilled in the work of the Lord-Lieutenant and her office.
All Girlguiding members are invited to make the same Promise: “I promise that I will do
my best, to be true to myself and develop my beliefs, to serve the Queen and my
community, to help other people and to keep the Guide Law.”
Together Girlguiding members and the Lord-Lieutenant have developed the challenge
which is designed to encourage girls to learn about the local democracy in their area. Even the youngest girls will see they have a voice that deserves to be heard by decision-makers.
Lord-Lieutenant, Julie Spence, a former Queen’s Guide herself, said, “Girls and young
women from Girlguiding have always been at the forefront of serving the Queen, helping people and taking action in their community since the movement began over 100 years ago. It is great to see how that has continued to evolve and to be able to inspire the next generation to be forces of good in their communities and the wider world around them while remembering that the small actions they take can make a big difference.”
County commissioner for Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East, Claire Course, said, “In the
autumn, thousands of girls across Cambridgeshire took part in Girlguiding’s first Future
Girl Acts week spreading the word about reducing plastic use. We know girls care about
their community and want to make a difference. This challenge will give girls the
confidence and skills to speak out.”
Girls will be encouraged to explore their local community and to learn from the people
who live and serve others there. They might choose to chat to an older member of the
community about how their area has changed over the years or invite a member of the
emergency services to tell them about their work.
A priority for both Girlguiding and the Lord-Lieutenant is serving the community and one
clause asks that the girls make an active difference to their community. They could do
that by raising money for a local charity or working to improve the appearance of part of
their area by doing a litter pick and planting flowers.
Community action doesn’t just mean local to the girls though, so they’ll be looking at how they can tackle global issues too. Girls might help raise awareness of period poverty or make a recycled art installation to encourage recycling.
Girls who complete the whole challenge will be presented with a beautiful badge that
reflects the shared values of both Girlguiding and the Lord-Lieutenant: respect, equality,
community action, exploration, and fun!