Opportunities for volunteering

Are you wanting to broaden your expertise and build up some skills to put on your CV?  Do you need to gain experience working with girls and young women for a PGCE/teacher training, childcare course or adoption?  Volunteering with Girlguiding UK is a way to develop your communication, leadership, planning and time management skills.  But beyond that, it is a way of having great fun and helping girls and young women to achieve their potential!

There are a variety of roles you can do, see the
Girlguiding UK webpage for a full listing but the main ones directly working with the girls and young women are:

Occasional Helper - helping out now and then, usually for outdoor trips and camps/holidays
Unit Helper - regularly helping out in the meeting place
Young Leader - for those aged 14-18 to support the leader in the meeting place (this can count towards your Duke of Edinburgh service element)
Assistant Leader - planing activities and running sessions working with the helpers and other leaders
Leader - overall responsibility for the unit

Your role as a leader or helper will vary depending which age group you are with, for example the 5-7 year old Rainbows require a very hands on approach whereas the 14-18 year old Rangers need more of a faciliator.  The last three roles have a special leadership qualification and training to help you.  You'll be assigned a mentor to guide you through your learning, and have the support of your District Commissioner and other leaders.  

Worried you'll run out of time or money? Don't panic, Girlguiding is flexible.  Not all Units meet every week, and many run a Unit Rota for support to make sure volunteers get a break when they need it.  Also, you will always be reimbursed for any equipment, food or other supplies bought for a Unit, and often for some administration costs and guiding-related travel.  

If you are interested and can spare 12 hours a year or more then use the 'contact us' form and we can discuss the best option for you

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