THURSDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 2019

Girl Guides awarded grant to give girls A Place To Grow in Riverstone


Girl Guides NSW & ACT have been awarded a $50,000 grant for their project entry in the NSW Government’s My Community Projects Scheme to assist in creating safe and supportive places for 5–18 year old girls and adult volunteers in which to belong and grow.

The My Community Project funds projects in each NSW electorate to help improve the wellbeing of people and communities. Successful projects were determined through a public vote. The Girl Guides project received enough support to be successfully awarded funding.

State Commissioner for Girl Guides NSW & ACT Sarah Neill acknowledged today
"that Girl Guides are very grateful for the community support received from the people of the Riverstone electorate.
“This My Community Project funding will enable us to deliver the project to girls in this area who may otherwise not have the chance to benefit, said Sarah. “and the impact we hope to have on the Riverstone area will reward the confidence that the community has displayed today, for when girls feel connected and confident, and proud of their own contribution, communities become stronger.”
The Girl Guides project is a unique, easily accessible, schools-based activities program that supports valuable self-confidence, leadership, relationships, social inclusion, community contribution, health and the outdoors, creativity and most of all, belonging for girls that participate. This program is designed to evolve into regular, safe and supportive Girl Guide meeting groups out in the Riverstone LGA community for now and into the future. A place for these girls to continue to grow.

This schools program will provide an easy way to participate in areas where no established Girl Guides Groups exist. A funded Community Development Project Officer together with the Girl Guides Volunteer network will promote, deliver and evaluate the program into local schools through Term 3 and 4 of 2019 and Term 1 and 2 of 2020. Presentations in schools to teachers, parents and students will start the process that will be followed by in-school and after school activities each term delivered by a combination of trained and resourced teachers and volunteers.

More information about Girl Guides and how the Association supports girls and young women to continue to realise their potential can be found at aplacetogrow.org.au

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