Volunteers Week 1-7 June

The local community in Greater Manchester West may be aware that Volunteers Week takes place from the 1-7 June 2012. The week is a chance for us to recognise the huge impact that volunteers make to our community and society in general. As a volunteer-led organisation, Girlguiding UK is made up of a huge network of volunteers who run activities, manage accounts, advise on adventure and organise large scale events – to name only a few roles!

In Greater Manchester West there are thousands of girls and young women who are part of guiding and experience the excitement, adventure and fun that we can offer in a special girls only environment. Recently, girls have taken part in special Diamond Jubilee and Olympic themed events, involving trips to London as well as outdoor activities in our local area. These kinds of invaluable opportunities would not have been possible without the dedication and enthusiasm of our adult volunteers.

First and foremost, guiding is of course about providing fantastic fun for girls and young women. However, volunteers themselves get a huge amount out of it as well. I have been involved with Girlguiding UK for more than 30 years and have gained so much from it. Not only the opportunity to form lifelong friendships but to grow in confidence and develop personal skills through so many experiences - international camps, large scale events and the challenge associated with running an interesting and varied programme.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the volunteers in Greater Manchester West who make guiding possible. For anyone who is curious to see how volunteering could make a huge difference to their lives I would encourage you to get in touch or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested. Not only could you make a difference to local girls and young women but believe me, you will gain just as much in return!

Judith Glenn

County Commissioner

Girlguiding Greater Manchester West

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