Girl guides map out hall improvements after award win

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A Lanarkshire-based Girl Guides Group will be making improvements to their main hall after winning £5,000 in a national competition.

Abbeygreen District Girl Guides was awarded the money as part of the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards, which run twice-yearly and provide life-changing sums to organisations, groups and projects across the UK.

With the award money, the group plans to revamp its old sports hall and buy new gardening equipment, as well as creating more storage space so the guides can store all their equipment on site.

Abbeygreen District Girlguiding was nominated for a Community Award by Hazel Dunsmore, a OneFamily customer and Girl Guide district leader. The group was one of 24 organisations presented with an award in this latest round.

Hazel said:

“Living in a small village means there’s often not a lot going on for young people in the community. Our Girl Guides group offers them new opportunities and different experiences.

“Now we have the funding from the OneFamily Foundation, we can invest in new facilities which will help us store all the equipment we need on-site, giving us more flexibility and allowing us to offer a better experience to our 85 members.”

The Community Awards are run by the OneFamily Foundation, an organisation set up by financial mutual, OneFamily, to redistribute a proportion of its profits to help its customers, their families and local communities.

Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said:

“The improvements planned with the funding will help Abbeygreen District Girlguiding continue to offer activities and practical skills to girls in the community.

“Our Community Awards are designed to benefit the causes closest to our customers’ hearts, giving community groups and projects the funding boost they need to continue to offer their vital work.

“The next Community Awards will launch on Monday 19 September, so I’d urge all Lanarkshire customers with an active policy to get involved and nominate a cause close to their heart.”

Through the OneFamily Foundation, OneFamily aspires to make £5million available to its customers – to improve their lives or to help them make a positive difference to their local communities.

For more information please visit: https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/community-awards/