Girlguiding isn’t just for girls. In fact, the organisation couldn’t survive without thousands of volunteers and supporters of all backgrounds, age groups and abilities who give up their time and their talents to help and encourage the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers.
And it’s not all one way traffic. Apart from being hugely worthwhile, as an adult volunteer you can develop your talents, learn useful new skills and make new friends.
Guiding is flexible and can be arranged to fit around a busy lifestyle.
Whatever your skills and interests, and no matter how much or little time you have to spare, one of our volunteering roles is bound to suit you. And your contribution is sure to be appreciated by the girls.
Different ways of volunteering
Whether it's an hour or two every few months or a regular weekly commitment, there are lots of ways to volunteer and help put Girlguiding Midlothian girls in the lead.
Unit Leaders and Assistant Leaders
Every Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Rangers unit has at least one Leader, who has completed the Girlguiding Leadership Qualification.
Leaders have overall responsibility for the unit, often supported by a team of other volunteers. Leaders and Assistant Leaders work with the girls to plan activities and to ensure that finances and GO! are kept up to date.
Unit Leaders and Assistant Leaders are female, aged 18 and over. If you decide to become a Leader or Assistant Leader, you will be assigned a Mentor to help you complete your qualification, and an experienced local support network of volunteers is there to help.
Helpers and Occasional Helpers
Don’t have the time or don’t feel ready to commit to becoming a Leader? Then perhaps the role of a Unit Helper is perfect for you. Helpers are vital to guiding, because Girlguiding has a recommended adult-to-child ratio.
Unit Helpers and Occasional Helpers can be either male or female, aged 18 and over. You can work in or out of uniform. And the hours you work are completely flexible – you could even join with others as part of a helpers' rota.
Thinking of joining guiding but not sure you have the time to commit regularly? There are plenty of important jobs that can be done in your own time and from your own home.
- Help with unit accounts or administration
- Be the driver for an away day
- Lend a hand with fundraising
- Help out with DIY
- Take part in a one-off session with your local unit, teaching the girls skills such as pilates or gardening to help them acquire a badge.
Like to sign up as a volunteer? Please click on the link below to visit the Guiding UK website and register your interest.