Businesses rally to support local Girl Guides HQ

  • Ten businesses teamed up to get Whitehaven Girlguiding headquarters up to scratch through Cumbria Exchange
  • The base is used by the local Girlguiding Groups together with St Johns Ambulance. The new Girlguide programme offers something for every girl – from mindfulness to digital design

The groups and local businesses celebrated the launch of the new guiding programme with a refreshed Guiding base!

The new programme will take every girl on her own exciting, challenging and innovative journey started in autumn, and with the help of ten local businesses they have an improved base to meet in.

Jackie Grundill, a leader for Girlguiding UK said:
“We put a request on Cumbria Exchange to see if businesses could support us with a few maintenance tasks to improve the outside and inside space at the headquarters. Kaefer came forward to offer to coordinate the project, and we have been overwhelmed with the help they have brought together. We started the new programme focusing on how we could make it the best experience possible for girls, without worrying about the tasks that needed to be done to maintain the building and grounds. This project shows what can be done, so I would urge other community groups and businesses to use Cumbria Exchange, and promote it through their networks.”

Paul Hoyle, Operations Director from Kaefer said:

“Our graduate trainee project manager did a great job bringing together all the different businesses, from Whitehaven Garden Centre who supplied plants, to the Cumberland Building Society who provided a grant and people to paint the inside of the building and Jim Youngman Carpets  who provided and fitted flooring for us – we are keen to make a difference to the local community, but it also helps develop our young graduates developing their project management skills and influencing skills. Each part of this project needed time, skills and resources, and had to be planned and delivered safely, just like any other project.”

The businesses that supported this project have all delivered their piece to make an overall impact on the base. The other companies involved were SE Ceilings, KP Arborists Whitehaven, West Cumbria Works, B&Q, Jacksons Timber and Business in the Community/United Utilities.

What was achieved?

A fantastic refresh of the Whitehaven Girl Guides building and outdoor space in time to celebrate the launch of the new girlguiding programme.


A greatly improved indoor and outdoor space for the organisation to take pride in and which is fit for the future.


Helen Conway
Helen is the Cumbria Exchange Coordinator and the first port of call for all things Exchange. Read more from Helen