THE Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester has praised Brownies for their emergency preparation skills.

More than 40 Brownies have completed the Duke of Cornwall Safety Award, which has been implemented throughout the city-region.

Young people have been learning how to respond in the event of an emergency and developed skills like checking on neighbours, making preparations at home, helping at rest centres and how to fill sandbags.

Beverley Hughes, deputy mayor, said: “In recent years, we have had to deal with a number of unexpected and difficult events, from flooding to moorland fires and the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, it is crucial future generations are properly equipped for whatever may happen."

Sarah Coackley, 11th Walkden Brownie Leader, said: “The Safety Award fits in well with the Girlguiding ethos of supporting the community.”