A Worldwide Movement
When your daughter joins Rainbows she becomes a member of of
Girlguiding UK, the largest
voluntary organisation for girls and young women in this country. It has
around 600,000 members. There are similar organisations throughout the
world and Girlguiding UK is a founding member of the world association that
What do Rainbows Need?
For her first few meetings your daughter needs nothing to experience
the fun of being a Rainbow. Girlguiding UK produces a range of Rainbow
items. Your daughter can choose what she wants to wear from a range of
Rainbow clothes. Once your daughter has
been to a few meetings and is sure she wants to become a Rainbow, she will be
given a Rainbow bag and a "Ready
for Rainbows" book.
Once your daughter has decided she would like to join Rainbows, (usually
after she has been to 1 or 2 meetings), she can decide what Rainbow clothes she
would like to wear to the meetings. All we ask is that she at least wears
either the tabard or the polo shirt.
Details of all the Rainbow wear are available here.
The adults who run a Rainbow unit are called Guiders. They are unpaid
volunteers who have completed Girlguiding UK training. They are usually
helped by a team of other young women or adults such as:
|a local Guide aged 11 or over|
|a Young Leader aged 14 or over|
|a Unit Helper: an adult who regularly helps at meetings|
|other adults who are willing to help occasionally - often parents|
Girlguiding UK recommends for the Rainbow age group that there is at least
one adult for every five girls. There are always at least two adult
leaders in any Rainbow unit, regardless of the number girls. For some
activities or events, such as sleepovers, more adult helpers are needed.
Child Protection Policies
It is the policy of Girlguiding UK to safeguard its members from physical,
sexual and emotional harm while participating in guiding activities.
Girlguiding UK takes all reasonable steps to ensure that, through relevant
procedures and training, children, young people and adults taking part in
guiding activities do so in a safe environment.
It is understood that you give your permission for your daughter to take part in
Rainbow activities during the normal meeting time. Your permission is
sometimes needed for your daughter to take part in events, outings or activities
at a different time or place.
Support Your Daughter
Girlguiding UK encourages you to support your daughter's involvement in Rainbows
so she can get the most from the experience.
|You deliver and collect your daughter at the appropriate times. We
will let you know in advance of any changes to the normal time and place.
Always check that an adult leader has arrived before you leave your
daughter. Please tell Coralie if somebody different from usual will be
collecting your daughter. Rainbows are never left unsupervised, but if
you are persistently late you may be asked to make other safe arrangements for
your daughter to be collected.|
|Your daughter wears suitable clothing and footwear for activities.
Coralie will let you know in advance of any particular requirements for an
| You return forms and payments on time. If you have
difficulties completing forms or making payments, please talk to Coralie who
will treat what you say in confidence and may well be able to help out.|
|You inform Coralie of any additional needs your daughter may have and
any medication she requires, such as an inhaler. Please remember to
tell Coralie of any changes to these. All information will be
treated in confidence.|
|You inform Coralie of any change in the family situation that is likely
to affect your daughter's behaviour. It is not necessary to give
details. All information will be treated in confidence.|
Any confidential information will be used sensitively to ensure that your
daughter gains the maximum enjoyment and benefit from being a Rainbow. If
there are any matters that may affect your daughter's participation then please
do discuss these with Coralie.
Please encourage your daughter so she attends meetings regularly and takes
part in special activities. Occasionally she may want to do things at home
that require your assistance.
Help Rainbows and Your Unit