A Girlguiding leader from Hoghton has earned the organisation’s top honour.
Lyndsey Gibson, 26, a Leader with the 2nd Gregson Lane Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, has dedicated three years to achieving the Queen’s Guide Award, a feat achieved by only a handful of Girlguiding’s half a million members each year.
The award is a girl-only challenge that sets participants a series of demanding tasks, including embarking on a four-day outdoor adventure, overseeing a pair of community action projects and devoting a year to cultivating a new skill.
Lyndsey went to Rwanda to learn more about the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Stop the Violence campaign as part of a research project into women’s rights. She also took up badminton and co-led a trip to Switzerland for Guides and members of The Senior Section.
The Manchester Metropolitan speech pathology and therapy student said: “The biggest difference the award has made is getting a chance to be involved in something really special – the Stop the Violence campaign. Getting to go on that trip was extremely eye-opening and showed me the importance of helping to make a difference.
“Completing the Queen’s Guide Award presents you with lots of different challenges, and ultimately with numerous skills.
“It has helped me gain confidence in public speaking, planning events and making new friends. It’s a great way to show employers the things you have achieved.”
She received her award from Baroness Hilary Armstrong and Chief Guide Gill Slocombe at a special ceremony in the House of Lords on Tuesday, March 11.
Gill said: “Girlguiding’s research shows most girls aged 16 to 21 – 58 per cent - aspire to take on leadership roles in their future careers, but they need to see more inspiring women at the top to give them the confidence to do so.
“The Queen’s Guide is all about showing young women that this is possible, that they have the potential to take on any challenge the world throws at them and become tomorrow’s leaders in all walks of life – so they can go on to inspire the next generation to aim high.”