The Jarman Centre, the County’s residential centre near Newmarket, welcomed Girlguiding Anglia’s annual SMILE event earlier this month. The theme for the day was a party to celebrate the Big Brownie Birthday. Members from across Anglia region were invited to attend and we were thrilled to welcome 27 of the regions members with special needs to The Jarman Centre. The activities on offer during the day included archery, with a specialist team of instructors from Netherhall Archers who enabled every girl that wanted to the chance to have a go with a bow. Other activities included toasting marshmallows over an open fire, a treasure hunt, and making cookies and fruit juice. A lunch of hot dogs and ice cream was served and the day was finished off with a traditional campfire and, like all good parties, a cake and party bag. This didn’t happen by chance; a group of 40 volunteers gave up their Sunday to enable this event to take place. Some escorted and assisted the girls around the activities, whilst others cooked, baked and did lots of paperwork. We were thrilled to include in the team a group of 10 members from The Senior Section who came to the event to learn to be buddies to our members so they have peer support rather than being helped by adults. The buddies also had a session on Saturday evening learning about working with young people with special needs and a very thought provoking talk by one of our members who has autism who explained about her experiences and how she feels. Each volunteer helped in no small way to make this event a success and deserve the highest praise.