Girls' Brigade Northern Ireland, GBNI

Brigaders: 14 + (Year 11+)


This is the most senior section in GB.  Brigaders get a say in choosing what they want to do at GB. Brigader girls like catching up with friends at GB, and getting away from coursework, mock exams, parents, siblings, clothes, makeup, boys ... Lifelong friends are made in GB, which gives girls an opportunity to chat about their concerns with friends and leaders who are really interested.  GB is a safe place for girls to be girls with no pressure on looks, ability, background etc. 

Activities may differ from company to company but here's the kind of thing many Brigaders get involved in at GB:



  • Brigader Brooch
    Awarded on completion of a programme of activities over a 3 or 4 year period in 4 areas :  Spiritual, Physical, Educational, Service.
  • DofE Award
    GB have over 80 registered companies doing DofE Award for Brigaders. This is a challenging experience for anyone aged 14 - 25.
  • Girls' Brigade Queen's Award 
    This is the highest Award in Girls' Brigade. It takes a minimum of 2 years to work for this award. To enter girls must be at least 15 years old by 1st March in the year they commence the Award.

Path to leadership: Sub-Officer

Sub-Officers are young leaders who have been selected by the Captain and Chaplain to work as part of the leadership team in the Company. Brigaders (16+) with leadership qualities and an interest in working with children in Christian youth work should speak to the Company Captain about Sub-Officer training.


Girls' Brigade wear uniform because it enables equality and promotes a sense of belonging - all the girls look the same irrespective of background. All items of uniform may be purchased from our walk in shop at GBHQ.  Uniform can also be ordered from our online shop

Click here for details of what Brigaders wear

Want to join?

Girls aged 14-18 on 1st July can join the GB Brigader section. Girls' Brigade has almost 300 companies in NI - one of them is near you! To join in search Find a Company near you or contact us.



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