Columns
10 years on Image

10 years on

New Southern Star revealed
Read more >>

Away from the desk Image

Away from the desk

The little bent tree
Read more >>

Docklander Image

Docklander

Rapt with life in Docklands
Read more >>

Docklands Secrets Image

Docklands Secrets

Conflicting speeds
Read more >>

Chinese

港区超市 疫情热点
Read more >>

Critic

A vote for uncertainty
Read more >>

Owners' Corporation Management

Performance-based alternative solutions the key to cheaper cladding replacement costs
Read more >>

Fashion Image

Fashion

Top five street style trends
Read more >>

Health and Wellbeing Image

Health and Wellbeing

Four steps to minimise work from home postural pain
Read more >>

Letters Image

Letters

An open letter to Michael and Andrew Buxton, MAB Corporation
Read more >>

History

An apple a day keeps the docks busy
Read more >>

Housing All Australians

Housing for all makes “good business sense”
Read more >>

Business Image

Business

Making Docklands City Pharmacy a household name
Read more >>

Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

COVID Q&A: Private renovations, cladding rectifications and nuisance from pets
Read more >>

Maritime

Reflecting on the power of our docks
Read more >>

Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

Ty the adorable rescue
Read more >>

SkyPad Living Image

SkyPad Living

Do COVID-19 clouds have a silver or red lining for vertical villages?
Read more >>

State MP

After COVID-19: do we want to go back to “normal”?
Read more >>

Street Art Image

Street Art

Goodbye from Blender Studios
Read more >>

Sustainability

How fast is fast fashion?
Read more >>

The District

Your local delicatessen has arrived!
Read more >>

We Live Here Image

We Live Here

Airbnb CEO “has mucked it all up”
Read more >>

Abby's Angle  Image

Abby's Angle

Taking the next step
Read more >>

Editions
August 09 Edition Cover

New skills, new friends: the Girl Guide experience in Docklands

26 Feb 2020

By David Schout

As one of Australia’s newest units within a century-old institution, 1st Docklands Girl Guides are giving great opportunities for local girls to learn new skills, find new friends and build confidence in a team setting.

Set to celebrate their first birthday early next term, the program has welcomed a host of local girls aged from five to 17 within their first year.

Operating every Tuesday evening out of the Community Hub next to Library at The Dock, the inclusive program looks to develop confidence, self-reliance, and leadership.

One of the unit’s leaders Kirsty Stewart said the growth in a short period of time had been particularly pleasing.

“First Docklands has grown in numbers since we started nearly a year ago and our activities just keep getting bigger and better,” she said.

“The girls have got to know each other better and made real friends, not to mention growing as individuals. We’ve all learned how to best work together and improved our communication skills too – both the girls and leaders!”

One of four leaders at the Docklands unit, Kirsty told Docklands News that while a perception of Girl Guides (or “Girl Scouts” as they’re known in the United States) was of doing mostly arts and crafts, the Docklands program had, in fact, explored STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and maths), different cultures, and taught cooking and camping skills.

“While guiding has kept its traditions it’s also never stopped progressing … our programs are always evolving to ensure that our members stay curious and grow to be confident leaders of the future.”

First Docklands is mostly made up of local participants from Docklands, while most of the leaders also live in the area.

Kirsty herself is an example of the positive influence the organisation can have beyond childhood.

First introduced to “guiding” as a five-year-old living in Scotland, it has since then had a permanent presence in her life.

After she finished university she helped with a unit in Glasgow, before moving to England to continue her volunteering.

Eventually she would find herself in Docklands, and today considers herself as part of a “global sisterhood”.

“Guiding is something that grows with you and can follow you as you travel the world.”

Kirsty said that perhaps the most rewarding aspect of her role was seeing girls not only enjoying themselves, but developing confidence along the way – a core tenet of the organisation.

“Girl Guiding has a ‘girl lead’ focus. We encourage them as much as possible to make their own decisions on how the unit should be run and what activities we do. The leaders are there to provide inspiration and enable all of our exciting activities but we want the girls to have their say as much as possible,” she said.

Girl Guides is a worldwide, diverse and non-denominational organisation.

All units are all run by unpaid volunteers who have all passed police and working with children checks.

For more information:

guidesvic.gov.au

 

Share on Facebook

Stay in touch with Docklands. Subscribe to FREE monthly e-Newspaper.

You must be registered with Docklands News to be able to post comments.
To register, please click here.