Colourful new girl groups offer variety of activities

Girls in Berwick are getting their first taste of fun and adventure with Girlguiding as new Rainbow groups open their doors.

Friday, 26th February 2016, 12:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th February 2016, 10:00 am

The 9th Berwick and 1st Lowick Rainbow groups offer girls, aged between five and seven, a safe space where they can get involved with the community, grow in confidence and reach their full potential.

The 1st Lowick Rainbows meet on Monday evenings in Lowick Village Hall and have an action packed programme of activities, including learning about worldwide festivals and playing games.

The 9th Berwick Rainbows meet on Tuesday nights at Berwick Methodist Hall and have already undertaken a range of exciting girl-only activities, from pizza nights to making potato friends.

Minnie Cooper, five, a member of the 9th Berwick Rainbows, said: “I really like going to Rainbows as I like playing games and seeing friends – I like everything about it.”

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Laura Wilkinson, Girlguiding development worker for Berwick, said: “We’re really excited about the new Rainbow groups. It’s great to see the smiles on the girls’ faces as they grow in confidence and come out of their shells.

“There’s a waiting list for the 9th Berwick Rainbows, but there are still some spaces at the 1st Lowick Rainbows and the girls would love to meet some new friends.

“Girlguiding is open to all girls, whatever their background or circumstances, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you know a girl who would like to join.”

Viv Shakesaft, who is a leader at the 9th Berwick Rainbows, said: “I really enjoy being a Rainbow Leader because of the difference you make; the girls come into Rainbows shy and go on to Brownies confident.”

The new groups were made possible thanks to a fund given to Girlguiding as part of the Youth United network, on behalf of the Cabinet Office. The charity works to engage young people in their community and involve girls in positive social action. The funding is being used to ensure as many young people as possible can benefit from the experiences.

Girlguiding is the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women, giving them the opportunity to grow in confidence and discover their potential in a safe, girl-only space. It offers a hugely varied programme, from international travel and advocacy to events such as pop concerts and festivals. To find out more, visit

For more information about volunteering please contact Laura Wilkinson at