Peer Education

Peer educators, aged 14 – 25, are trained to deliver sessions on topics that matter to girls today. Girls are more likely to listen to those who are of a similar age to them. Peer educators draw on their own experiences allowing girls to fully engage and relate and empower younger girls to combat issues they may face in life, inspiring them and equipping them with life-long skills. Peer education Sessions are available for Brownies, Guides and Ranger Units.

What happens in a peer education session?
Developed with expert partners, each session consists of creating a set of guidelines, discussing and defining key areas of the chosen topic before exploring ways to combat the issue being addressed, using a variety of techniques, so there is something for everyone. This encourages participation so that others can learn from their peers, gaining a more well-rounded understanding of the topic. Each session is tailor-made to suit the unit, with different activities for different age groups.

When would a session take place?
During your normal meeting time, on a previously arranged date. If your meeting is less than 90 minutes it may be best to split the session over two meetings, but this can be discussed.

Request a peer education session
If you are interested in requesting a peer education session for your unit, please complete the enquiry form below and one of our peer educators will be in touch. Please note despite trying our best to facilitate your request there are occasions when there may be no available peer educators in your area or they may be trained in a different resource to your first preference.

Peer education topics

Think Resilient is a fantastic resource created in partnership with Young Minds and addresses the issue of mental health, teaching girls techniques to boost resilience and deal with challenging situations they may face in life.

‘62% of girls aged 11 to 21 know a girl their age who has experienced a mental health problem’ (2015 Girlguiding Girls attitudes survey)

Think Resilient: What would be required of me as a leader?

- Hold a pre-session conversation with the peer educator around two weeks before the session
- Before the session, send out a pre-session parent letter
- Allow time for your unit to complete a pre-session evaluation
- Set aside one meeting for the session (as arranged with the peer educator) and actively support the session
- After the session, send out a post-session parent letter
- Use the ‘Take it Forward’ resource for leaders so that the girls complete their 5th and final step and can then earn the Think Resilient badge.

https://www.girlguiding.org.uk...

Breaking Free is an exciting forward-thinking resource which focuses on challenging gender stereotypes. The session helps girls identify and challenge stereotypes so they feel empowered to enjoy their hobbies, gain skills they’re interested in and bust the restrictions that so-called ‘stereotypes’ could place on their lives.

‘55% of girls aged 7-21 say gender stereotypes affect their ability to say what they think.’ (2017 Girlguiding Girl’s Attitudes Survey)

Breaking Free: What would be required of me as a Leader?

- Have a pre-session conversation with the peer educator around two weeks before the session
- Before the session, send out a pre-session parent letter
- Allow time for your unit to complete a pre-session evaluation
- Set aside one meeting for the session (as arranged with the peer educator) and actively support the session
- You might be required to help your unit complete a social action project after the session
- Girls can then earn the Breaking Free Badge

https://www.girlguiding.org.uk...

Created in partnership with Dove & WAGGGS, Free Being Me sessions help girls recognise myths about how girls and women 'should' look and encourage them to be happy in their own skin. This session is the only peer education resource that can be delivered by a peer educator OR a Unit Leader who will each bring different delivery styles to the session.

Free Being Me: What would be required of me as a leader?

- Hold a pre-session conversation with the peer educator around two weeks before the session
- Before the session, send out a pre-session parent letter
- Set aside two 90-minute sessions to be delivered by the peer educator if one is requested
- Unit Leaders must then facilitate a time to create a Take Action Project and then the girls can earn the Free Being Me badge

https://www.girlguiding.org.uk...

Get involved with peer education

Guides
Request a peer education session

If you are interested in requesting a peer education session for your unit, please complete the enquiry form below.

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Become a peer educator

Becoming a peer educator is about changing the world – one girl at a time! Find out more and register your interest below.

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Become a peer educator coordinator

Being a peer educator coordinator is fantastically rewarding and Peer Education grows when there is a coordinator present in a county. Find out more and register your interest below.

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