A mum from Helston who opened a new Rainbows group in Helston hopes more volunteers will join to help make sure it can continue.

The Rainbows unit was resurrected in Helston by Suzi Barber in September 2022 after the original unit had closed. It quickly became popular and by January has 14 members.

However, with the unit becoming increasingly popular for girls aged five and upwards, more adult volunteers are needed.

Falmouth Packet: Rainbow Cora Conway-NorrisRainbow Cora Conway-Norris (Image: Kate Lockett)

Suzi said: “I was lucky to find two mums from my children’s school who also decided to help, but within a week of going live our unit was full, absolutely proving there is a need for adult volunteers.

“If anyone is interested and thinks it looks like something they could do please register your interest with Girlguiding.”

Rainbows are the youngest section of Girlguiding in the UK. The ages for girls to join is between five and seven. At the age of about seven, a Rainbow will usually become a Brownie.

Falmouth Packet: Poppy and Bailey Felton with proud parents John and Laura Poppy and Bailey Felton with proud parents John and Laura (Image: Kate Lockett)

Rainbows are said to learn and grow through a programme of age-appropriate activities, trips and adventures – both in their regular meetings and at special events.

They can work towards interest badges, where they can learn about everything from recycling to storytelling and start their skill-builder journey, developing core skills and trying new things like camping, leadership and first aid.

Suzi joined the Brownies when she was younger, and wanted her daughter Lydia to also be involved with Girlguiding, Suzi said: “Sadly Helston only had one unit and it was full, so she had to attend a unit out of Helston.

"As lovely as this was it showed me there was a need for provision for Helston."

On Thursday evening, the Rainbows invited families and friends to its promise evening, where Rainbows made their promises and were given certificates and a badge for their sachet.

Falmouth Packet: Proud parents Sam and Jess Rimmell with daughter Aubrey who made her promiseProud parents Sam and Jess Rimmell with daughter Aubrey who made her promise (Image: Kate Lockett)

A promise tree was set up for family members to leave notes for their children to read by the end of the year.

“Our promise night was a great example of their growth.

“Rainbows who came to us in September stood up in front of family and friends, demonstrating their games, and songs and making their promise on their own,” added Suzi. 

Helston Rainbows takes place on Thursday from 6pm to 7pm at the Andrew Hall, which is located next to St Michael's Church, Helston.

To find out more about local girl guide groups or if you would like to be involved, visit: www.girlguiding.org.uk