Berwick Guides show their community spirit in Ireland
Girl Guides from Berwick have recently returned from an unforgettable trip to Ireland filled with fun, friendship and adventure.
Amy Kearton, Mary Miles, Kate Morrison and Jessica McLeish, from the 4th Berwick Guides, enjoyed six days volunteering near Dublin.
The group, aged 11-13, spent time volunteering with Tidy Towns Portmarnock, clearing litter from the beach, and also shared songs and activities with residents at Raheny House, a local nursing home.
They were part of a 12-strong group who also enjoyed an evening of games and fun with a group of Portmarnock Guides and took in a sight-seeing tour of Dublin.
The trip was organised by Girlguiding North East as part of its International Community Experience (ICE) programme.
The Guides who travelled to Dublin had all previously taken part in an ICE weekend. This gave them a taste of community action, increased their global awareness and prepared them for international experiences. They then chose to take up a place on this trip to Dublin so they could develop their skills and help communities further afield.
Amy, 13, said: “I came back with new friends, a sense of achievement from helping people, amazing memories and a leprechaun!”
Mary, 12, said: “I really enjoyed my time in Dublin, it was a great to do community work knowing that I’d made a difference no matter how small.”
Group leader, Kirsty Quince, said: “This was a fantastic trip. Some of the girls hadn’t flown before and few had been to a busy city like Dublin. The six days helping another community really challenged them to try new things and push themselves to see what they could achieve.
“Most of the girls didn’t know each other before we left but they’ve all come home firm friends.
“This opportunity to try something new, with a people they don’t know, in a foreign country, has really boosted their confidence.”