A WOMAN who has been involved in the girl guiding movement since the late 1970s has been appointed as district commissioner for Sedgefield.

Joanne Lazenby, who lives in Darlington, will be responsible for over 180 girls, aged five to 16, in Rainbow, Brownie and Guiding units across the district.

“Guiding gave me incredible opportunities as a young girl,” said the 43-year-old. I got involved in so many activities, from climbing to cooking, outdoor adventures and overseas travel and also gained a great sense of independence.

“It’s so good to be able to offer the same opportunities and much more to young girls now in my new role as district commissioner.”

Ms Lazenby, who works as a warranty administrator for Darlington Vauxhall dealer Sherwoods, added: “We still do the traditional badges but there are a lot more technology based challenges on offer as well as more daring sporting activities and global expeditions.

“It’s not just about cooking and sewing anymore even though that is still a big part of what a lot of the girls choose to do.”

For information on how to get involved in guiding visit girlguiding.org.uk/interested or call 0800-169-5901.