Volunteer roles available

Volunteer roles available

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You don't need to have been involved in guiding before or have loads of spare time to make a big difference. Whatever your skills and interests there’s a role to suit you.

Take a look at the ways you can get involved below and then register your interest to find out about volunteering roles available near you.

There are lots of benefits of being a volunteer, you can gain valuable skills and experience. As well as helping to equip you with the skills that many companies look for, volunteering as part of a structured volunteer programme can expose you to a range of core workplace activities, including communication, line management, teamwork and using your initiative. Girlguiding is a great way of making new friends, developing your confidence, learning a new skill. Nothing beats the feeling of satisfaction when a girl accomplishes something new. It also looks great on your CV. Click here to see how

 

Volunteer with girls in units

Volunteer with girls in units

At the heart of guiding are the unit meetings that girls go along to each week. Volunteering at unit meetings means getting messy, meeting new people and running activities that help girls discover their potential. You’ll volunteer directly with young people and can choose to work with girls in Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers. Unit meetings are usually an hour once a week.

These roles are perfect if you want to:

  • Support girls on a regular basis and see them grow
  • Get stuck into adventurous (and often messy!) activities
  • Have a rewarding role where you'll develop great relationships with girls and volunteers

Roles available include:

Unit leader

Unit leader

The unit leader is ultimately responsible for the Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or Ranger unit she works with – although of course, she doesn’t have to do everything herself! The leader in charge usually works with a team of other volunteers to deliver a high-quality programme to the girls and young women in the unit, ensure the safety of the unit members and oversee the administration of the unit.

All units have at least one unit leader, who is generally supported by a Leadership Team that can include other unit leaders, assistant leaders, young leaders and unit helpers. Units are grouped together into local areas called districts or divisions, and all leaders in the area are supported by a volunteer manager called a district or division commissioner. 

The team. provide a safe, girl-only space, where girls and young women can discover their full potential, have great opportunities, adventure and challenges whilst having fun and making friends.

Training is provided including first response, a safe space and on the Girlguiding. There are lots of fellow volunteers who can support you in the role. Register your interest here

Assistant leader

Assistant leader

If you decide to become an Assistant Leader, you will work towards your Girlguiding Leadership Qualification. An Assistant leader needs to complete three modules that cover: your role in the unit (specific to the section you will be working with: Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers); your role in Girlguiding; and safety and unit administration. While working towards the qualification you will hold the role of Leader in Training and will be supported in your training by a Mentor, your local commissioner and other leaders in your local area. Register your interest here.

Unit helper

Unit helper
Lots of new volunteers start out as a helper at a weekly unit meeting. You’ll work alongside other volunteers to give girls fun, friendship, challenge and adventure. There's no responsibility for planning in this role but you'll be the extra pair of hands needed to make unit meetings happen.
 
Unit helpers are key in supporting girls and young women to experience how great Girlguiding can be. While we can offer you support in your role we would expect you to possess the personal qualities outlined below.
 
  • An open and approachable manner.
  • Reliable and trustworthy.
  • Creative and enthusiastic.
  • Committed to ongoing personal development.
  • Fun-loving.
  • A sense of humour.
  • Enjoys working with young people.
Girlguiding welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities. We are flexible and volunteering can be arranged to fit around a busy lifestyle. Register your interest here.
 

Unit occasional helper

If you can’t commit on a weekly basis but can help at a unit from time to time or on a temporary basis, then the occasional unit helper role is for you. It's a great way to volunteer up to three times a month. You will be supported by the regular unit leaders, assistant Leaders and unit helpers. As an occasional helper you 

Taking on a supporting role

Taking on a supporting role

If you aren’t able to volunteer on a regular basis, you can still make an impact in a supporting role. No commitment is too small – every role is vital to running our charity.

  • These roles are perfect for you if you are:
  • Not able to give time every week
  • Want to help out casually
  • Keen to share a specialist skill such as photography or managing a shop

Roles include: secretary, treasurer, photographer, volunteer shop manager. Find out more about supporting roles.

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