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Brown­ies and Rain­bows is­sue a plea for new lead­ers in or­der for group to sur­vive

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Ged­des

A group of both­ered Burn­side Brown­ies and Rain­bows have is­sued an ur­gent plea for new Brown Owls – or they’ll be forced to close by Christ­mas.

Burn­side Blair­beth Brown­ies have been ac­tive in the area since 1930, bring­ing through gen­er­a­tions of young­sters.

Now both the Brown­ies and the Rain­bows group for five to seven-year-olds are fac­ing the chop – un­less they can find re­place­ment vol­un­teers.

A group of Brown­ies and Rain­bows have is­sued a plea for new Brown Owls – or they will be forced to close by Christ­mas.

Burn­side Blair­beth Brown­ies have been ac­tive in the area since 1930, bring­ing through gen­er­a­tions of young­sters.

A Rain­bow group for five to sev­enyear-olds started in the area in 1988, but now both are fac­ing the chop, with cur­rent vol­un­teers set to stand down from their roles over the com­ing months, and no re­place­ments lined up.

Katy Fullarton is a guide leader with the Sec­ond Bankhead Brown­ies, and she is hope­ful that some­one will step for­ward to help their sis­ter Burn­side branch, which is for girls aged seven-10.

She said: “It’s just un­for­tu­nate and it’s get­ting a bit des­per­ate now.

“We’ve been try­ing to get new lead­ers and helpers through­out the whole Ruther­glen area and these units can’t run with­out any vol­un­teers – the Brown­ies will have to close at the Christ­mas break and the Rain­bows will have to close in the spring.

“It will be re­ally up­set­ting to see them close be­cause groups like the Brown­ies can be so pos­i­tive for girls.

“They learn stuff work­ing with us that has a big ef­fect, and I know the ben­e­fits it can have – you see the girls grow in con­fi­dence when they’re here and they get the chance to ex­plore do­ing new things.”

There are cur­rently around 20 Brown­ies and about 20 Rain­bows that at­tend the Burn­side group, who meet on Tues­day nights at the Burn­side Blair­beth church.

Should they close, the girls could move to other Brownie groups in the area, but that would cre­ate the pos­si­bil­ity of those groups hav­ing too many young­sters, mean­ing they would need ex­tra vol­un­teers also.

Katy stressed that any­one who got in­volved vol­un­teer­ing would be given plenty of sup­port.

She added: “You need en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm, but we pro­vide train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and pro­grammes that would give guid­ance on what to do.

“If you want to get in­volved with a friend and tag team it then that can be done as well.

“It’s great fun be­cause it gives you the chance to do so many things – I’ve ended up on zip lines, climb­ing walls and things like that, and it’s great to sup­port the girls.

“For any­one who is look­ing to work as a teacher it’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity, or if they are look­ing to gain a Duke of Ed­in­burgh award, or a Saltire award.”

Any­one in­ter­ested can reg­is­ter via www.girl­guid­ing.org.uk/get-in­volved or e-mail Ruther­glenDivi­sionGir­lGuid­[email protected] for more de­tails.

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Clo­sure These Brown­ies and Rain­bows are hop­ing new vol­un­teers will help them out

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