Historic Sheffield guide group in call for more helpers

Ann-Marie O'Neill and the Girl Guides at Mother Of God Church Hall which are threatened with closure
Ann-Marie O'Neill and the Girl Guides at Mother Of God Church Hall which are threatened with closure
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A historic Sheffield girl guide group is facing closure if it cannot recruit more volunteers.

Members of the Sixth Sheffield Guides, who meet at the Mother of God Church Hall on Abbeydale Road, Abbeydale, are desperately appealing for helpers to come forward.

The group – which formed during World War One – is also looking for more guides.

The group caters for girls are aged between ten and 14 and the girls meet once a week.

They take part in all kinds of activities and work towards girl guiding badges.

Guide Isabelle Hoare appealed for more volunteers to come forward to help the group continue.

She said: “We really love our guides and really don’t want it to close.
“We need more guides to keep the unit running and we really need more helpers.

Isabelle added: “We do lots of fun activities including cooking, artwork, quizzes, games, acting and life skills.

“All the girls who join these guides will become ambitious and want to succeed in life.”

The group is run by leader Anne-Marie O’Neill who has been volunteering for the guides since 2010.

It has been running continuously since 1916.

She said: “We need another two or three volunteers to offer us some time.

“We have ten guides at the moment but we could cater for 24 if we had more help.

“We meet weekly during the term time for 90 minutes and there are activities at the weekend every few months.

“If we had more help we would be able to take the girls away on trips.”

Anne-Marie added: “It’s a great experience for those who want to work with children and there is a chance to take adult leadership qualifications.

“There are also qualifications in hiking, archery, snorkelling and kayaking - there’s no end to the number of courses that you can do.”

n Email a.oneill1983@gmail.com to contact the group and find out more about volunteering. Girls who want to join the group should log on to www.girlguiding.org.uk and click ‘get involved’.