Girl Guides in Diss and Roydon area help maintain children's wellbeing during lockdown
Girl guiding in south Norfolk has been helping children’s wellbeing and keeping them connected through lockdown.
The movement, which has units in Diss and Roydon, has kept children busy and completing challenges to earn badges from home, while undertaking regular Zoom meetings.
These ensure the social bonds that the children have formed in their group are maintained and friends can share their latest activities with each other.
Claire Lister, Girl Guides’ district commissioner for the Diss area, said: “It has been challenging finding activities for the girls to do at home, but we have managed it.
“While it isn’t the perfect solution, the feedback we’ve had from parents is that their girls love being able to see each other, even though it is only through Zoom.
“Our Roydon group has had two virtual sleepovers so far with the girls and their parents; we’ve had virtual pantomimes and a talk about the First World War and another about forensic evidence.”
The groups have a syllabus and skills building sessions, along with unit activities, where they can earn badges for participating in a task for a certain amount of minutes.
Badges, which can also be earned for pursuing interests, have helped to keep the children engaged with activities while stuck at home.
They have also helped to provide talking points when Zoom meetings bring the unit together.
“Obviously, we can’t wait to see each other face to face again,” said Claire.
“I’ve even held on to some of the badges from around Christmas in the hope we can soon have them handed out to the group in person, but that’s now looking unlikely for the moment.”