Julia Winstanley

County Commissioner, Lincolnshire South

Hope is seeing the light in spite of being surrounded by darkness

As County Commissioner for Lincolnshire South, I create adventurous, fun and sometimes thought-provoking events to give girls and volunteers opportunities for teamwork, friendship and building networks.  I head an inspirational team of volunteers who take ideas to leaders and girls.

As a Brownie, Guide, Ranger and Leader I had opportunities enabling me to do things I would not otherwise have done which helped me to grow in confidence and self-esteem as well as meeting other members of the worldwide guiding family.  By giving time through volunteering, more girls have similar and greater opportunities that I have had.

A fun memory is of reclining in a paddling pool of ‘gunk’ in front of girls from all sections as a challenge.  This was at the culmination of two years of fundraising in my Division for The Ann Conroy Trust, a charity close to my heart.