I’m doing my part to bust the body image myth – you could too!

Zoe Salmond, 19, a Montrose Guide Leader, blogs about taking part in Girlguiding Scotland’s Peer Education training on 23 – 25 October.

Becoming a peer educator has always been of interest of me, so I jumped at the chance to sign up for Girlguiding Scotland’s Peer Education basic training weekend. I was really keen to find out more about the role of a peer educator and Free Being Me, and how I could use these skills to deliver sessions to Brownies and Guides.

Before taking part I knew very little about Free Being Me. Free Being Me is a resource created by The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and Dove, which looks at bursting the body image myth that so many girls and young women strive to achieve.

Over the weekend we received training on the Free Being Me resource and taking part in this session helped show us that the body image myth is an unachievable desire, and magazines and social media that constantly promote this idea are contradictory and confusing. The session also made me realise how important the resource is for education girls, and I’d urge guiding Leaders to contact a Peer Educator to deliver the training at their group so that we can empower more girls across Scotland to boost their body confidence and self-esteem.

The trainers led informative sessions throughout the day that focused on delivering the programme effectively. One activity putting this to the test was when the team worked together to write a set of instructions to make a jam sandwich – something which most of us could do without thinking! After much hilarity and only being able to follow what was written, we realised that this was harder than you’d think. This activity taught us that it’s essential to be clear when delivering training and when giving instructions (whether that be for making a jam sandwich or not!).

I am looking forward to being able to run Free Being Me sessions and to do my part to bursting the body image myth and to boost both mine and younger girls’ confidence. As a member of The Senior Section, it’s great that I can have this opportunity to help younger members in guiding.