19 young women from GB England & Wales travelled to Ireland for the first-ever GB Europe Gathering celebrating GB's 125th birthday.
In total, 80 16-22 year olds from around GB Europe gathered for fun, faith and friendship from 4 until 8 April.
One of them, Megan Davey, 19, from 1st Hinckley, who is studying adult nursing at the University of Derby, shares more about her experience at The Europe Gathering GB125.
She writes 'Wow! What a celebration we had at the Europe Gathering GB125. For me, it was amazing to be able to see people from the different countries in GB Europe coming together. During the event we participated in lots of different activities, including arts and crafts and lot of deep meaningful talks. One of my favourite activities was working in my advocacy stream. During this we talked about period poverty and trying to make it less of a taboo subject, and more about empowering young women.
'On a personal level for me, the event was life-changing. Before the event I was feeling very apprehensive and a bit disorientated, as I'd had lots of change, as I'd moved away to university. Before the event I had no relationship with God and felt like I wasn’t quite sure why I was going.
'When I arrived at the event I got in touch with my emotions and prayed for strength with a leader. I'd never felt the power of prayer before and, as the week went on, I felt that through the talks, despite the fact that I was an emotional wreck, I was getting stronger. I felt that for the first time ever, I was in some way having a connection with God. I also felt like I was placed on the event, as I won the free space via GB Europe's Facebook competition.
'My hope for the future is that GB do more events like this, so others are able to be transformed like I have been. As of this weekend, I'm stronger than I've ever been, and am so thankful for the opportunity that I had.'
GB England & Wales' members aged 14 to 24 are encouraged to apply to become Youth Integration Champions and represent us on a Youth United Foundation panel.
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In 2020 Girls’ Brigade Europe will be gathering together leaders and volunteers for a weekend of fellowship, fun and rejuvenation! To help plan the event they'd love to hear the views of GB England & Wales' leaders. What type of event would you like to attend? Fill in a very brief survey and you could win a £50 voucher for your GB shop.