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CHANGES SPARK RISE IN GIRL GUIDES MEM­BER­SHIP

Canning Times - - NEWS -

GIRL Guides in WA has suf­fered a long de­cline in mem­ber­ship but changes in­tro­duced un­der a new state com­mis­sioner has re­sulted in a rise in youth mem­ber­ship of al­most 10 per­cent this year.

The as­so­ci­a­tion – which started in WA in 1915 – has re­cently taken a strong cus­tomer ser­vice fo­cus and made things eas­ier for vol­un­teers, with data­base and train­ing up­dates.

“Guid­ing helps girls gain life skills and build re­silience, whilst be­ing em­pow­ered to act and speak on mat­ters that are im­por­tant to them,” com­mis­sioner Linda Ele­zovich said. “The main chal­lenge now is re­cruit­ing more adult vol­un­teers to be­come Guide lead­ers so we can ac­com­mo­date the girls in­ter­ested in be­com­ing Girl Guides.”

As part of its ef­forts to at­tract new mem­bers lo­cally, the Girl Guides group in Parkwood is of­fer­ing two-week tri­als. The Can­ning Sap­phires group is look­ing for girls aged six to 10 years who want to try new things, make friends and en­joy na­ture on Fri­days.

Par­ents in­ter­ested in the two-week trial at Parkwood should call 9479 9800 or email mem­ber­sup­port@girl­guideswa.org.au, or visit www.girl­guideswa.org.au for an online form.

Girl Guides Sa­mara Schafer and Aysiah Bren­nan are look­ing for new re­cruits.

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