Megan Charles, from Chorlton, has shown she is leading the way after receiving Girlguiding UK’s top accolade, the coveted Queen’s Guide Award. The award was presented to Megan by Baroness Floella Benjamin and Girlguiding UK’s Chief Guide Gill Slocombe – herself a Queen’s Guide – at a special ceremony held at the House of Lords in Wednesday 25 June. More than 20 young women from around the UK joined Megan in receiving their Queen’s Guide Award. The award sees participants take the lead in a number exciting areas including developing a personal skill, working within pioneering community action projects, and overseeing ambitious outdoor pursuits.
Megan is a guiding activity and walking advisor and her Queen’s Guide achievements included introducing local youngsters to a career in engineering through research and information evenings, as well as an expedition to Edinburgh assessing how visitors with additional needs could be incorporated into residential events. She said: “Guiding gave me a confidence from a young age that I would not have got anywhere else. It allowed me to develop skills in presentations, management and leadership that have allowed me to excel professionally.
“I especially enjoyed the research about the roles and challenges facing women in engineering that I undertook for the Community Action part of the Queen’s Guide Award. It has given me greater insight into how I wish to work in the future and also how to progress my career in the way I would like.”
The Queen’s Guide Award is the most prestigious guiding award open to members between the ages of 16 and 25. As well as the activities carried out by Megan, other recipients experienced challenging and innovative programmes such as working with the homeless and raising money for national charities. Chief Guide Gill Slocombe added: “Over the years the Queen’s Guide Award has given many young women an amazing sense of empowerment and confidence. I hope they will serve as an inspiration to many more young women all over the country who are thinking about getting involved in guiding. “I’m sure the experience of the presentation itself will be just one of the happy memories they will look back on in years to come.”