Special permission enables local Guides to meet again
GIRLGUIDING GUERNSEY members have become some of the first units in the British Isles to be allowed to resume face-to-face meetings after nearly four months of staying at home.
Because the island has had more than 60 days with no positive Covid-19 tests, Bailiwick Commissioner Sally Carmichael made an application to national headquarters.
After explaining the local situation, members were delighted to be given special permission to get together again.
She said: ‘It’s been very hard for both leaders and girls to have spent such a long time unable to take part in meetings, but this hasn’t stopped them from Guiding and I am very proud of how they have continued to carry on.
‘Many units have held virtual meetings and have found new ways of playing favourite games.
‘They have been cooking in their own kitchens whilst watching others on laptops and have even held virtual sleepovers, with girls making dens to sleep in at home and joining together for virtual breakfasts.
‘For those not able to join in online, leaders have been posting out newsletters and taking round activity packs and making sure that the girls know they have not been forgotten.’
However, this week has been special as they met normally again.
‘Everyone is very delighted to be back,’ said Ms Carmichael.
‘Leaders are planning exciting meetings for the last few weeks and girls are keen to see their friends again, as many meet up only when Guiding if they go to different schools.
‘We are not allowed to have large gatherings or residential events yet but being able to hold our weekly meetings is still terrific, especially as we know members in the UK and around the world will not be able to do so for months to come.’