Brownies in Southall, on Woman’s Hour

On Tuesday 15 September, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour broadcasted a piece on the value of girl and woman-only spaces.

For the piece they recorded interviews with girls from Rainbow, Brownie and Guide groups including a group of girls from the 3rd Southall Brownies who meet at our Windmill Park Children’s Centre.

One of the girls who goes to Brownies is Fatima, who is 7. She says: “I wanted to join Brownies to make new friends and meet lots of new girls. We play loads of games and have fun!”

The Brownies is run by Girlguiding, which is a leading UK charity for girls and young women. Local Brownies groups are run by volunteers and there are groups all over the country.

Girlguiding is making an effort to set up new groups, in new places and reach out to new girls, who may not have thought of joining the Rainbows, Brownies or Guides before – like those at Windmill Park. Gill Slocombe, Girlguiding’s Chief Guide, said: “Girlguiding is for all girls – whatever their faith, background or circumstances – and I want as many girls as possible to experience the fun, friendship and adventure that guiding brings.

To find out more about the Brownies and the other ways that Girl-guiding can help girls to get involved and make new friends, go to the Girl-guiding website.