Natasha, 19, is a member The Senior Section from Falkirk and a leader at 2nd Polmont Rainbow Unit. As part of Girlguiding Scotland’s peer educator team, she visits units to help girls develop body confidence. She’s also busy setting up a new Rainbow unit with friends.
It’s a big list of achievements for someone still in their teens – and Natasha has achieved all this while battling mental health issues which at one point landed her in hospital.
“It may sound cheesy but it’s true that guiding gives you a sense of worth – like you belong to something.
“You make friends for life and they’ve supported me through everything.
“I trust them and we can talk about anything.”
Earlier this year, Natasha was nominated for Girlguiding Forth Valley’s Spirit of Guiding award in recognition of the challenges she’s overcome.
“I had been really unwell, but I was still going along to Rainbows and going along to units to deliver peer education sessions.
“My best friend gave a speech on my behalf – she only let me glance at it beforehand as it was really emotional!”
She’s passionate about the skills and confidence guiding gives girls.
“It’s taught me key skills like confidence and the ability to talk to people my own age or younger than me.
“I like seeing the progress of the girls as they go through Rainbows.
“You can see such a big difference in them, like how they interact with people and become more outgoing.”
What’s been Natasha’s mountaintop moment with guiding?
“Definitely going to Paris with other members of the The Senior Section to play the Parisopoly wide game.
“I made my leader Promise in front of the world famous Sacré-Coeur church and later we all renewed our Promise at the Eiffel tower. It was magical.”