Reopening the doors of the volunteer-run Dundee Guide Shop on Saturday 14th August marked another milestone in the return of normality to the city. It also marked the end of the “Guide Shop in a garage” which has operated since March 2020.
Girlguiding has always evolved as the needs have changed, and this past year proved no different. As groups met online, and out of doors, when permitted, they still needed to buy uniforms and badges.
The volunteers emptied the shop at Meadowside St Paul’s Church, storing items in garages and bedrooms, and took online orders from parents and leaders.
Working around Covid restrictions, which prevented cross-border travel between Angus and Dundee, they were able to offer “click & collect” from volunteers’ homes, supplying around 200 uniforms and over 4,000 badges. This all raised valuable money to support young people in the city.
Shop manager, Linda Duff said "I'm so glad we could help Girlguiding and Scouting to continue during the lockdown periods. It was great to catch up with leaders when they came to collect orders, but I'm really looking forward to being back in the shop, and getting the space back in my garage!"