Reaching a new generation

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Volunteering is something that anyone can get involved in, and we’re proud that people of all ages choose to give their valuable time and energy to Macmillan. 

Our exciting new partnership with Girlguiding Midlands is just one fantastic example of how young people are making their time matter for people affected by cancer.

Inspiring support among young people

In order for us to achieve our ambition of reaching and improving the lives of everyone living with cancer, it’s important that we inspire the next generation to support us for years to come. By teaming up with Girlguiding Midlands, that’s exactly what we’re doing.

During the year-long partnership, 72,000 members of the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and The Senior Section will take on The Macmillan Challenge – a programme focusing on volunteering, fundraising and awareness. Along the way, the girls will earn themselves snazzy Macmillan Challenge badges as well as having lots of fun.

This innovative programme offers up all sorts of fantastic opportunities for the girls involved, and volunteering plays a key part in it all. Many of the Girlguiding Midlands members and their Leaders will be cheering on Macmillan’s amazing runners at local running events and giving them the all-important boost they need to keep going. Lots of girls are also signing up to run for Macmillan themselves as part of the fundraising efforts. Others plan to bake delicious cakes and host events for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning or bust some moves for Macmillan’s Dress Up and Dance event.

It’s great to be able to do something fun and raise money at the same time!

Alice Brown, 3rd Ashby Guides

A unique partnership creating a powerful impact

One major benefit of the partnership is that it presents a unique opportunity to talk to young people about cancer and raise awareness. During their weekly group meetings the girls will learn about cancer through topics that are relevant to their age, for example, how to stay safe in the sun.  

Pippa Lock, Macmillan’s Fundraising Partnership Manager, says she is excited about the partnership’s potential. ‘The unique nature of these two organisations working together means we are able to educate so many young women,’ she says. ‘Also, the girls will benefit from being involved in a very well-known and well-loved organisation with a lot of credibility – just like Girlguiding Midlands itself.’ 

Laura Cropley, the Marketing and Communications Officer for Girlguiding Midlands agrees that it’s a natural fit. ‘Social action – taking practical action to make a positive difference to others – is a core part of the Girlguiding ethos,’ she says. ‘Through this partnership, Girlguiding Midlands can act as a powerful force for good to benefit people affected by cancer. It will be great for the girls to see how their small contributions add up to create such a powerful impact.’

Whether you’re young or just young at heart, you can find a brand new volunteering challenge near you today.