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The Clothes Show 2016 : All Sewn Up

Contributed by Josephine Adams

As Birmingham and the NEC wave goodbye to the Clothes Show, off to the North East next year, a team of intrepid planners have been looking back on and analysing their own Clothes Show adventures.

Senior Section members from across the Region have been working for months to design and create an inspiring stand to demonstrate all that is great about Girlguiding. From meeting the team for the very first time, through plenty of research, lots of emails and phone calls, a volunteer training day, five hard days’ work at the Show, to our debrief meeting this month, it has been a challenging, yet very rewarding experience for all of us.

The pressure of creating and budgeting for a stand that would make Midlands Region proud was huge, but the ideas were soon flowing, we had a clear goal and before we knew it, a photobooth was being ordered, wall panels were arriving, and train tickets to the NEC needed to be booked.

Teamwork was key, as everyone took responsibility for an element of the stand, asking for quotes, working on designs and regularly summarising their findings to the other planning team members. We all had to be sure to communicate what we were doing, help each other out and learn how best to share our passion for Girlguiding with the members of the public that we would meet.

With the support of the Midlands office, the dedication of the planning team and the enthusiasm of the volunteers who helped out on the stand, Girlguiding definitely made an impact at the Clothes Show this year, inspiring girls and women from around the country to do something different, something great; to get involved with Girlguiding.

This experience was a really big learning curve, but a huge achievement for everyone involved and the team were unanimous in their advice: don’t be afraid to take the jump-er and apply for the awesome opportunities that Girlguiding offers to you, it’s the chances like this that make our organisation shoe-nique, so go for it, have fun, and make sure to ad-dress your great new skills on your CV!