GUIDES in the Midhurst area have shown just where all their skills can lead after landing much sought-after job opportunities.
The band of newly-qualified adult Guide leaders have proved an inspiration to others in the group after taking advantage of a host of talents learned along their Guiding journey.
Hayley James, a former Midhurst Guide leader, was offered an apprenticeship with IBM and was given the accolade of apprentice of the year 2014, which was presented to her by Nick Clegg.
Alex Gilson secured herself a job working as a nanny in a ski resort in the French Alps after first completing her adult leadership qualification and is due to return and start university training towards being a primary school teacher.
Corinne Curry was given an apprenticeship with Phillips while she continues to help run Midhurst Guides as its assistant leader.
She was nominated and jointly awarded the Bill Godfrey shield at the Midhurst Town Council awards night for her continued contribution to local Girlguiding.
Corinne said: “Girl Guiding is an amazing experience. I’ve learned so much, gained so many unforgettable memories and grown as a person. Through girl guiding I’ve gained friends for life and I could never imagine leaving.
“I’ve moved up from being a guide to completing my Baden Powell award, young leader award and then finally achieving my adult leadership qualification last year.
“Now I’m looking into starting my Queens Guide award in the near future.
“I believe being a guide leader helped me in gaining my current apprenticeship – interviewers were really impressed that I was taking time out of my week and holidays to volunteer. Also the qualifications I’ve gained looked really positive on my CV.
“Overall it’s just great fun, and I’d encourage anyone who’s interested to try it out.”
Jodi Brewis and Sophie Bosley, both young leaders with Rother Valley district units, recently undertook four weeks of community action with the national citizenship scheme, culminating with a week of fundraising for each of their NCS area groups voted local charity.
Ellie McPhie has finished her Baden Powell award, the highest accolade for a guide, by completing ten categories including volunteering in the community.
She has now returned to Midhurst Guides as a young leader.
Girlguiding aims to give girls and young women their own space to have fun, be themselves, build brilliant friendships and gain skills as well as offering a range of flexible volunteering opportunities to enable them to grow in confidence and discover their full potential in a safe, girl-only space.
Leaders across the district are now looking to encourage more adult leaders to help support the continuously growing numbers of girls wanting to join the units in the district.
Anyone who would like further information about GirlGuiding or wants to know how to become involved should call 0800 1 69 59 01, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk or contact Sue Parry (Rother Valley district commissioner) on 01730 817147.
Alternatively members of the public can find out more about the movement at the Midhurst Rother College community day on Saturday (April 25) when representatives will be on hand at the annual event to answer questions between 10am-2pm.