Parkwood Division covers the Oakwood, Gipton, Osmondthorpe, Harehills and Roundhay areas of Leeds. There are 33 Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Ranger groups, led by a team of fantastic volunteers.
In early December, Parkwood division held a virtual panto-themed sleepover, with over 110 young members signing up for different activities throughout the weekend. Activities included snowflake making, storytelling, a laughing yoga session, watching the Girlguiding Sisterhood in the Wood pantomime, a Zoom-campfire, bingo, a quiz and plenty of Christmassy games. Teaching over 70 people to make pizzas from scratch over Zoom was certainly an experience for the leaders – but was loved by the girls.
Aside from the division-wide event, we’ve been really proud that most of our groups have managed to keep in contact with their girls through post, email, some face-to-face outdoor sessions when we were able to and lots of virtual meetings.
Guides from Parkwood division joined others from around the North East England region at the virtual International Community Experience (ICE) weekend, where they planned community action projects, had a virtual peer education session and took part in a cooking challenge. As well as welcoming new girls into our units, a special welcome goes to Kate (6th Roundhay Rainbows) and Tally (6th Roundhay Guides) who have moved to the area as leaders. A special thank you also goes to Emily and Lesley who have taken over 7th Roundhay Rainbows and got the group going again with a term of fun and exciting Zoom sessions.