Girlguiding Greater Manchester West
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Community Action

Community Action
Serving our communities has always been a part of Girlguiding.
It’s in our Promise. Every week girls and leaders throughout Greater Manchester West and up and down the country take action to make a difference to their communities and the world around them.
In 2019 Girlguiding Greater Manchester West was honoured to be presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. as recognition for the work setting up and growing the Comfort Bag scheme. 
The Comfort Bag scheme started when Girlguiding Greater Manchester West volunteer Pat Mayle, met a Bereavement Specialist Nurse at Salford Royal hospital. The bereavement team put together bags for visitors who had to stay unexpectedly overnight with loved ones. Funding for the group was limited and relied on donations from the hospital staff. Pat saw an opportunity for groups in Girlguiding Greater Manchester West to help and from that “One small thought” the Comfort Bag scheme has grown. The whole county got behind the initiative which has grown to include other areas in Girlguiding North West England. Now, many hospitals, hospices and refuges for the vulnerable across the region of Girlguiding North West England and beyond are being supplied with Comfort Bags from Girlguiding members. 
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