Since the new Girlguiding Promise came into effect on 1st September 2013, 32nd Rochdale Guides were determined to ‘be of service to their community’ in some way. With the increased news coverage of families having to choose between heating and eating, and with it approaching winter, the Guides decided that it would be a great idea to gather donations for Rochdale Foodbank.

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Rochdale Foodbank provides a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. All food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, the police and probation officers amongst others identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher. This voucher is then taken to the foodbank in exchange for a food box.

It was the suggestion of one Guide – Emma – that for one meeting this term, instead of bringing the weekly subscription of £2.50, Guides would bring the equivalent in food donations. And that’s what they did – and then some! The Guides were extremely proud of their efforts, and were pleased they could help their local community at a time when many people are struggling to put food on the table.

A great example of community action – well done Guides!

For more information on the new promise you can visit the Girlguiding UK website;

and to find out more about the Foodbank and how you can support it too go to;