Use Your Voice 2016, a 2-day democracy festival brought together 155 members of The Senior Section from all Regions and beyond, plus 70 volunteers. There were more than 50 sessions – workshops, talks, visits - across 8 venues together with 3 sleepovers and 1 once-in-a-lifetime event at City Hall.
The organisers said “We arrived with trepidation, ready to embrace the unknown; unsure of exactly what to expect, we took risks; we discovered, we grew. We left informed, equipped and inspired to use our voices, in the most vibrant, dynamic and innovative of ways.”
Two Girlguiding Gloucestershire members, Liza and Beth, from Coopers Hill, attended and shared their updates throughout the weekend:
"Having a great time at Use Your Voice 2016!! So far, we've done two fab workshops on body language expression, and making your voice heard through improv."
Girlguiding Gloucestershire members were invited to participate in the Spectacular Masquerade Ball organised by Wiltshire North and held in Royal Wootton Bassett. Over 20 Girlguiding Gloucestershire members attended and enjoyed a buffet meal, disco, sideshow games and displays from the archives, finishing off with a rendition of Happy Birthday. Some members then stayed overnight in a local Guide hut. It was a lovely to see all of the posh frocks and masks, and a really well organised event. Thanks are due to Wiltshire North for inviting us, and to the organising committee of Pam, Rebecca, Sam and Marybeth.
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