Rise of Girl Guides membership in Sussex

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By Cassie Galpin

Girlguiding in Sussex has seen a year of membership growth, with 14,717 girls, young women and volunteers now enjoying guiding across the County each week.

In the past 12 months membership has increased by 158, which means that now more girls and young women are part of the organisation.

The news comes as girls face a set of unprecedented and complex pressures, many very different to those faced by their male peers.

According to the Girls’ Attitude Survey carried out by Girlguiding in 2012:

  • one in three girls say they would be willing to consider some form of surgery to change their appearance
  • three out of five secondary school-aged girls say they feel pressure to look like celebrities
  • seven out of ten girls believe women are judged more on appearance than ability.

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Nationally, total membership now stands at 546,406, up from 538,247 – reflecting a growing demand among girls and young women for a space of their own.

Girlguiding commissioner for East Sussex, Sally Buche, a nurse, Brighton, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that more and more girls are choosing to join us, we feel guiding offers girls the traditions of guiding with modern and relevant activities that they want.

We give girls space to grow and express themselves as well as fantastic once in a lifetime opportunities both here and abroad.”

Guides can take part in a range of activities from pop concerts to helping in the local community.

If you are would like to find out more about Girlguiding visit: www.girlguiding.org.uk or to register your interest in volunteering or to sign up a young member visit: www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested

Follow Girlguiding Sussex East on twitter.

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