UK Parliament Week (UKPW) is an annual event, spreading the word about what Parliament is, what it does and how you can get involved. Some of our units are taking part, to help girls get informed about our UK Parliament, take action and make an impact on the issues they care about. This is what the girls in our Region have got up to this parliament week...
SWE Region Office - Salisbury
On Friday 18 November, Girlguiding South West England hosted a Q&A with John Glen MP and local councillor, Eleanor Wills, as part of UK Parliament Week.
John and Eleanor joined 13 members, including Guides, Rangers, Young Leaders and South West Advocates, at our Region HQ in Salisbury. Members were able to ask John and Eleanor questions about life in politics, both at local and national level, advice on how they can get involved and the different routes they can take as a career, as well as what they are doing about specific issues such as education and the voting age. It was also a chance for members to ask our guests more personal questions, such as how they deal with online abuse and if there was ever a time they wanted to quit, and if so, advice on how they got through it. The evening ended with John leaving his details with the members so they could get in touch if they wanted to organise a visit to Parliament.
The evening was a huge success, with the girls leaving inspired and engaged! Thanks to John and Eleanor, as well as the girls who joined, for being part of such a great event!
16th Bath (Walcot) Rainbows
The Rainbows meet monthly on a Saturday for 3hrs so they are spreading their activities over several sessions.
Last Saturday (12th November) the Rainbows had three bean bags each, and tried to see who could get them the furthest up the 'Elizabeth Tower', which was drawn by the unit helper. They had some experts who managed to score 27 – 30 points, and also some bean bags that would have ended up in the Thames if they’d been trying this for real! The girls enjoyed the Parliament themed biscuits too. [Pictured].
Next month they’ll be completing the challenge by voting on the Skills Builder activities for next term, and discussing what needs changing in their local area.
3rd Kennet Vale Rainbows
It’s #UKParliamentWeek and tonight we’re making sun catchers in suffragette colours, voting in several different ways and hopefully showing the girls why having your say is SO IMPORTANT
1st Greenmeadow Guides & 1st HaydonWick Rangers
1st Greenmeadow Guides and 1st HaydonWick Rangers invited two local councillors from Conservative and Labour to let us know what they do and to help us have a great evening forming two NEW parties, setting out their manifesto and then letting them convince the rest of us to vote for them. The Rangers were brilliant in forming the parties while the Guides learnt about parliament by playing the 'Parliament Week' board game and finding out about what our councillors do locally. THEN.....voting for one of the new Ranger political parties. A lot of learning but a whole lot of fun😁👍
36th Cheltenham (St Nicolas) Brownies
Parliament week will be marked at 36th Cheltenham (St Nicolas) Brownies with building scale models of Elizabeth Tower out of biscuits! And use your vote…