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 in the Calder Division. 

Unit Leaders and Assistant Leaders

Every Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Senior Section unit has at least one Leader, who has completed the Girlguiding UK Leadership Qualification. Leaders have overall responsibility for the unit, although this is often shared between a team, the bigger the team the easier the commitment. Leaders and Assistant Leaders work with the girls to plan the fun and activities.

Unit Leaders are female, aged 18 to 65. 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.

Unit Helpers

For those who don't wish to commit to becoming a Leader but do want to work in the unit with girls and young women, the role of a Unit Helper is ideal.  Helpers are vital to guiding, because Girlguiding UK has a recommended adult-to-child ratio.  

Unit Helpers can be either male or female, aged 18 and over. They can wear member wear if they choose. How often helpers work with units varies and is up to individuals; you may be part of a helpers' rota.

Support roles

Thinking of joining guiding but not sure that 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. You could:

  • help with unit accounts or administration
  • be the driver for an away day
  • lend a hand with fundraising
  • 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.

I don't want to volunteer every week. Is this OK?
Yes – guiding is flexible. Not all units meet weekly – some meet every two weeks, every month or at weekends. Most units also have rotas for Unit Helpers so that you can assist at a time that suits you.
You may also be interested in being an occasional helper, or taking an admin or support role - these often involve work that can be done in your own time and in your own home.

Will I have to complete a Criminal Records Disclosure?
We require all volunteers who work directly with young people or act as Treasurers to complete a Criminal Records Disclosure.
It is an easy procedure and we will make an appointment with you at your convenience to help complete it online. There is no cost involved.

Will I have to make the Promise if I become a volunteer?

Unit Leaders and Assistant Leaders make the same version of the Promise as the Senior Section. Other volunteers are not required to do so.

Will I be trained for the role?

Whatever role you decide to take up in guiding, you will be given the help and support you need to do the job. Our area runs a mentor system  to give new volunteers someone to talk to and some informal training. Those taking on a Leader role will take our Leadership Qualification. This is informal training that is done during your time volunteering with help form your mentor.  Six months is the reccomended completion time but it is very flexible.

How do I register my interest in volunteering for Girlguiding in the Calder Division?

Visit our contact page and fill in your details we will then get back in touch with you for an informal chat.

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