63rd Rawthorpe Girl Guides have explained how a grant provided by the Huddersfield Town Foundation has helped them keep their members engaged during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The group applied to the Town Foundation’s ‘Go For It’ Grant scheme in 2018, which was designed to help support local community-based projects in and around Kirklees.

Upon completion of the application process, they were awarded £360 by the Go For It Fund panel in January 2019.

The group was formed later that year and they used the funds to purchase a badge book for each of the unit’s members.

As explained by the unit’s leader, Emma Ashton, the books have become vital ever since face to face meetings were suspended in March in line with Government advice.

They provide the girls, aged 10-14, with all the information needed to earn their interest badges, as well as allowing them to track progress towards theme awards and the Guide Gold Award.

Guides can be awarded badges on six themes, including ‘Know Myself’ and ‘Skills For My Future’. Examples of badges on offer include Photography, Fitness, Campaigning and ‘Conscious Consumer’.

With the future of Girl Guiding looking ever more likely to be conducted via virtual means, Emma added that the books have proven vital in keeping the girls engaged thus far.

The Town Foundation’s ‘Go for it’ Grant scheme is now closed and no longer accepting applications. However, the charity continues to do its best to support the local community during this time of uncertainty, by maintaining its services where possible and reaching out to people in need.

As an example, the Foundation has recently launched a virtual social action project for secondary school aged children to engage with.

This has only been possible due to the generosity of Huddersfield Town supporters and the wider community, who have provided significant contributions.

To find out more about the Foundation’s Fundraising work or how you can make a donation, please contact Fundraising Coordinator, Lisa Bottomley on lisa.bottomley@htafcfoundation.com or 07741 671596.

For further information on the Town Foundation’s social action project, please contact Secondary Education Manager, Sofie Armitage at sofie.armitage@htafcfoundation.com or 07741 671071.