Girlguides make a difference

We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun.

Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK

With over half a million members including 100,000 volunteers dedicating over 10 million hours towards guides every year, you can be sure that they are making a significant difference.

There’s only girls, allowing individuals to simply relax and be themselves. There’s no trying to out do or impress boys… just have fun!

Girls are encouraged to go at their your own pace and decide what they want to do and when they do it and in the process they will make numerous lifelong friends, gain confidence and become more open individuals.

“I’ve gained a lot of confidence and have become a more open person.”

“I’ve got so many more friends now through guiding.”

Quick Links

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Age 5 - 7

Rainbows is all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. Girls get their hands dirty with arts and crafts, get in touch with nature and play games – it’s all about learning by doing.

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Age 7 - 10

Brownies introduces girls to a world of new opportunities, challenges and fun. Girls go along to camps, holidays, day trips and sleepovers. They get together with their friends at regular meetings where they learn new hobbies, get creative, develop skills and have outdoor adventures.

As well as trying activities in their meetings, girls choose from interest badges related to things they want to know more about.

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Age 10 - 14

What you do in Guides is up to you, from taking part in lots of exciting activities at regular meetings to special events and trips away.

You will choose from different badges and awards which will help you learn new skills and try new challenges. You can do some of this on your own and others you’ll do in groups in your regular unit meetings.

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Age 14 - 18

Rangers wear a brand new uniform, meet up regularly, have fun doing activities together. You’ll follow our programme of interest badges, skills builders and awards. You’ll take part in amazing challenges, travel the world and develop skills across our six themes. Rangers offers a range of unique opportunities.
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Young Leaders

Age 14 - 18

Young leaders are members of Girlguiding, aged 14 to 18 who volunteer with a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide unit. They could be working towards their Young leader qualification (YLQ) or the Leadership qualification (LQ), for which they are eligible from the age of 16. They may also be Rangers and undertaking some of the opportunities available for Rangers.

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Volunteering with us isn’t just about campfires and helping girls to get their next badge – although those are special moments that we all share. It’s about empowering girls and giving them new experiences. It’s being a role model and helping girls to realise their full potential. It’s sharing and developing your skills. Whatever your age, if you think you can help, follow the link below!
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Trefoil Guild


Whether you’re involved in guiding or not, Trefoil Guild is a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people to share your next adventure – whatever that might be!

Trefoil Guild is a branch of Girlguiding and its members agree to support the guiding ethos – including the pledge to help other people. Many members pass on their skills and knowledge to local guiding units, from helping Brownies work towards a badge to preparing older girls for a camping adventure. Many members are unit leaders or helpers in Girlguiding units.

But it’s not all about the girls – there are plenty of opportunities for members to try something new, take on a new personal challenge and escape the daily routine. The best thing is that what you do is up to you!

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How to find a Local Unit

Brickhill has a number of Girlguiding units. To make initial contact, please use the details below (if shown) or the application forms on their website – accessed via the relevant links above.

  • 1st Brickhill Rainbow Unit, Hawk Dr, Bedford MK41 7JA
  • 1st Brickhill Brownies Unit. St Mark’s Church & Community Centre, Calder Rise, Bedford MK41 7UY
    Contact:- Caroline Mathew, Phone (01234) 826 190 or email
  • 3rd Brickhill Guide Unit, St Mark’s Church & Community Centre, Calder Rise, Bedford MK41 7UY
    Contact:- Mrs Gill Lake, Phone (01234) 218 091 or email
  • 4th Brickhill (St Mark’s) Brownie Unit, St Mark’s Church & Community Centre, Calder Rise, Bedford MK41 7UY
  • Brickhill Ranger Unit, St Mark’s Church & Community Centre, Calder Rise, Bedford MK41 7UY