AN urgent appeal is being made for a new Brownie leader to take on the running of the popular 1st Runfold Brownies.

The current Brown Owl, Elaine Ashby, has been running the unit for the past 15 years, but due to a change in work commitments is stepping down in July.

A new leader will be required to take over the running of the unit to keep it open. Brownies is a section of girls within GirlGuiding aged seven to 10 years old.

Runfold Brownies is part of Bourne and Boundstone District, and the girls work together on badges and take part in events and learn about the community around them. They go on day trips, pack holidays and camp with other Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units.

Leaders do more than help the girls work towards badges (although there are 54 to choose from), they support them in becoming determined, kind, hard-working and honest individuals who are ready to take on challenges in a fun and friendly girl-only environment.

The new leader or leaders would be required to complete the leadership qualification which is an evidence-based qualification. As part of this, first aid and safe space (safeguarding) training will also be required. There is plenty of support provided from a local mentor.

The group would like every girl to be able to have the opportunity to experience what GirlGuiding can offer. However without the support from adults this unit will close.

Anyone interested in becoming a leader or supporting a unit can email Kirsten McGuire at [email protected].