31st October 2016
1st Beacon Lough Girls’ Brigade members have been impacting their community by linking social action projects to their programme.
Developed as a part of the UYSAF project, Beacon Lough runs both an n:vestigate programme for four to eight year-olds and an n:gage programme for seven to 11s. They meet each week at Beacon Lough Baptist Church and currently provide around 30 girls with the opportunity to have fun, explore faith and develop friendships.
Team Leader Mary Adams says ‘We’re currently in the process of getting the girls to bring in wrapped shoeboxes and items to fill them with, which we’re collecting for the charity Samaritan’s Purse who will distribute them to children in need abroad.
‘We believe social action is important because it gives the girls the idea that some people are not as well off as they may be and so it’s important to help other people. They realise there’s more to the world than just them. It’s also really great to see the girls’ parents engaging with our social action activities by helping the girls to get so involved.’
The n:vestigate group have just finished a programme book called Our Holidays and the n:gage group have finished Friendship. Previously the group completed programme booklets called Our Food, which they linked to supporting the Gateshead Food Bank, and Our Pets, which they linked to supporting their local animal shelter.
Plus, the group’s leaders have plenty planned for the coming months including taking part in the church’s Christmas services, and having a Valentine’s evening in aid of the British Heart Foundation in February.
Mary adds ‘It’s a joy to see the girls having so much fun and being eager to come back every week.’