Volunteer award for Guide leaders

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Leaders and young leaders who run Girlguiding in Mansfield and the surrounding villages have been presented with a prestigious local award.

The team picked up the community group award at the annualMansfield Volunteer Awards ceremony.

The awards are organised every year by a steering group of volunteers supported by officers from Mansfield District Council, Mansfield Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) and Nottinghamshire County Council.

They recognise the exceptional contribution of local volunteers across seven categories, and provide an opportunity to mark – and celebrate - the efforts of those who work tirelessly throughout the year to make a difference to their communities.

The team from Girlguiding in Mansfield was nominated for the award by Sarah Clarkson, who runs 3rd Rainworth Brownies and is Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s Mansfield division commissioner.

She explained: “When I looked at the results of our annual census in February, it dawned on me that we have an amazing team of 111 adults supporting the 489 girls and young women who are members of Girlguiding here in Mansfield, Rainworth and Blidworth.

“It made me think about the huge commitment of time, energy and skills that they make every week to ensure our Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and senior section members have fun, make friends and learn to make the most of life.”

Sarah Clarkson attended the evening accompanied by four local Guiders, who were invited to the stage to accept the award on behalf of Girlguiding in Mansfield. Jade Bennett, Sarah Clay, Judith Gill and Fiona Lewin were presented with a commemorative shield to display for the coming year and a Star of Mansfield trophy.

Girlguiding Nottinghamshire‘s county commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst said: “My warmest congratulations to you all – and my thanks for everything you do in making membership of Girlguiding so special for so many local girls and young women.”

To find out more about GirlGuiding Nottinghamshire visit www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk.