Welcome to the Raise the Roof campaign!
In 1910 Lord Baden-Powell believed that he could make a difference to the lives of girls and young women across the UK by founding the Girl Guide Association. Today, just over 100 years later, you too have the chance to make a difference by helping us to build a brand new building for the Girl Guides in Welwyn Garden City.
We are a fully inclusive organisation but unfortunately the current hut is not easy for girls with disabilities. Combined with poor heat and sound insulation, limited space for cooking or smaller group activities and poor sanitation facilities, the current hut is rapidly coming to the end of its useful life. It is increasingly difficult and costly to maintain and so 10 years ago we made the difficult decision to work towards replacing the hut with a new building. In 2006 we secured a new 99 year lease and this year we finally received planning permission to build a fabulous new building.
The new building will give us everything we need to secure Girlguiding in Welwyn Garden City for another 80 years. There will be a larger main hall plus a small hall for meetings or group work, a larger kitchen with modern facilities and better toilets. The new building will also give improved storage space, better access for all including better wheelchair access and improved insulation and lower energy usage. We have worked with a local architect and consulted residents to ensure that, above all, the new building retains the traditional Garden City look and feel and is an asset to the local area.
But to make this fabulous building a reality there is a lot of hard work to be done. We estimate that groundworks, building and fitting of the building will cost in the region of £195,000. All of the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section are fully committed to raising money but we know that we cannot reach this total by ourselves. Without significant support from generous individuals and organisations our plans will remain just plans and all of the girls and Girlguiding in Welwyn Garden City will one day soon lose its central base.
Together we can make this happen and provide a building that will be home to Rainbows, Guides, Brownies and Senior Section for generations to come.