Use Your Voice 2016

Use Your Voice was Girlguiding LaSER's two-day democracy festival in 2016 for members of The Senior Section in Girlguiding and other WAGGGS organisations.

The programme allowed participants to select from a range of workshops, talks, networking events and trips across three key themes – Inform, Equip, and Inspire - to empower them to use their voice and make a difference on the issues that matter to them. There were also sleepover options and the flagship event ‘Live from the Living Room’, a showcase of the concept of ‘voice’ at London’s Living Room at the Greater London Authority.

Events were held across a series of venues near London Waterloo, including the 1901 Arts Club, St John’s Church, Chapter 1 and The Warehouse. Sessions on offer included the opportunity to learn about important issues like climate campaigning and Girlguiding’s advocacy agenda, workshops on skills like blogging and craftivism, and talks from inspiring speakers from organisations like Educate2Eradicate and Fly Kites Not Drones.

I’m proud that Girlguiding LaSER is at the forefront of these game-changing attitudes and this is something that I cannot miss being a part of. It’s history in the making.

— Larissa Kennedy, Girlguiding LaSER Champion

Throughout the weekend, there were also trips to venues like the Feminist Library and to the Houses of Parliament to see the New Dawn work of art created to celebrate women’s right to vote, and a self-guided walk from the London School of Economics designed to take participants past famous landmarks based on women in parliament, science and medicine.

On Saturday 10 September, there were sleepovers at three amazing venues – HMS Belfast, where participants spent the night in a sailor’s bunk; the Girlguiding activity centre ICANDO, opposite Buckingham Palace; and YHA St Paul’s, a hostel in the shadows of St Paul’s Cathedral.

You can view a map of all the events taking place here. You can view the programme for the weekend's activities here.



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