A DORSET Girl Guide leader is poised to make her mark on future generations after earning the charity’s highest accolade – the Queen’s Guide Award.
Amanda Shorey, 26, of Mudeford, who leads the Mudeford Rangers, has dedicated three years to achieving the top award – a feat achieved by only a handful of the organisation’s half a million members annually.
The Queen’s Guide Award empowers young women aged 16 to 25 to broaden their horizons, raise their aspirations and develop vital leadership skills to help them improve their own lives and the lives of others.
The girl-only challenge sets participants a series of tasks, including a four-day outdoor adventure, overseeing a pair of ground-breaking community action projects and devoting a year to cultivating a new skill.
Amanda chose to tackle the London Marathon and set up the Brownsea Island Youth Service Team – which encourages young people to enjoy the outdoors and get active in the running of the island.
This also helped her to land her dream role of outdoor centre warden with the National Trust on the island. Amanda received her award from Baroness Hilary Armstrong and Chief Guide Gill Slocombe at a special ceremony in the House of Lords.
Amanda, who is currently preparing for the Brownsea Round The Island Swim, said: “Completing the Queen’s Guide hugely improved my confidence, helped me land my dream job and has improved my leadership skills and fitness.”
Gill added: “The Queen’s Guide is all about showing young women that this is possible, that they have the potential to take on any challenge the world throws at them and become tomorrow’s leaders in all walks of life – so they can go on to inspire the next generation to aim high.”