Thanks to funding from the Cambrian Railway Partnership, Newtown, Powys Brownies have been given the opportunity to learn lifesaving skills, all whilst lessening the pressure on parents who are already under financial strain due to the cost-of-living crisis.
The 2nd Newtown Brownies received £503.40 from the Partnership’s Community Support Fund, which will enhance unit-based activities and the Girlguiding programme by providing health and wellbeing activities during the school holidays.
The money will help develop the Brownies’ basic lifesaving skills, access to sport sessions at their base in Treowen Community Hall, STEM activities, as well as assisting them in gaining their Montgomeryshire Girlguiding walking badges and first aid skills builder badges.
Unit Leader Cheryl Jarman said: “We have struggled to fundraise since the Covid pandemic – money is tight for everyone, so this funding is invaluable.
“The aims of the project are to promote health and wellbeing, overcome barriers to poverty, provide positive impacts on mental health, and reduce barriers to accessing these types of activities so that girls gain self-esteem and resilience for the future, whilst leaders benefit and fulfil the Girlguiding ethos.
“We are looking forward to the project and we are so grateful to the Cambrian Railway Partnership for allowing us to make this happen.”
Claire Williams, Community Rail Officer for the Cambrian Railway Partnership, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support the 2nd Newtown Brownies through the Community Support Fund. We understand the strain that the cost-of-living crisis is having on many families. We hope the funding has been able to relieve some of that burden by ensuring their children can continue to access activities that have a positive impact on their physical and emotional health and wellbeing, while learning essential lifesaving skills.”
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