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Adults needed after surge in Girl Guiding waiting lists

Leader Louisa Bone, centre, and members of the 1st Paignton Rainbows and 4th Paignton Brownies after November's Remembrance day parade

Hundreds of girls are now on waiting lists for Girl Guiding groups across Torbay, with one group potentially having to close because of a lack of adult volunteers.

Girl Guiding has seen a huge rise in popularity across South Devon in recent years - with a growing demand for places  - and now organisers are looking for adults to offer support and help.

Across Torbay there's roughly 30 groups, with many more across the area.

The organisation says it has changed from offering traditional stereotypical activities and now offers a wide range of skills and experiences.

Louisa Bone, 35, who has been involved for seven years, is leader of the 4th Paignton Brownies.

She said: "We've just finished a badge called the 'I am a physicist' badge, where we've done loads of science experiments.

"With my Rainbows we're also doing things to look at how they're going to express themselves.

"There's such a wide range of activities these days, even getting five to seven year olds doing DIY because it's a skill that they need for the future.

"We're really trying to set them up so they can go out and go actually 'I'm a girl. I can do science. I can go and climb, I can do this'."

She says adult volunteers are 'valued and supported' and given extensive training, with a wide range of roles on offer.

For more details about supporting a local group click here

Click play to hear Louisa Bone from the 4th Paignton Brownies speaking to reporter Andrew Kay

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