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FAQs

Why does Guiding need more help?

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. By volunteering with us, you can help us create amazing opportunities for thousands of girls around the UK. Guiding happens thanks to more than 100,000 amazing volunteers – men and women like you who give their time to ensure that we are active all over the UK, and beyond.

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.

As a volunteer you will get a great sense of satisfaction from watching the girls and young women in your unit develop their confidence and skills, as well as have lots of fun. In addition, working to improve your community both directly with the girls and possibly outside the unit on community projects will give you a huge sense of personal achievement.

As a volunteer you’ll also gain from the experience by making new friends and learning new skills such as leadership and organisational abilities that you can use at work or put on a CV.

How can I become involved with Guiding?

Our incredible volunteers contribute more than ten million hours to guiding every year. Some give us a couple of hours here and there – helping out with driving for trips and holidays, fundraising and events planning, or even doing the annual accounts for local groups. Others give their time as Leaders or Assistant Leaders for units, providing girls and young women with a space where they can be themselves. Whatever your skills and interests, and no matter how much time you have to spare, one of our volunteering roles is bound to suit you.

Click here to see our volunteering roles

I don’t have a background in Guiding? Does this matter?

No – you just need commitment to young people, enthusiasm and a sense of humour.

If you love cooking, why not share your skills with a group of Guides on camp or if you’re a whizz with numbers help out with a unit’s accounts?

My child is a Brownie, is there anything I can do to help?

Many units have a rota, where a group of parents, adult family members or other adult volunteers take it in turn to help at the unit meeting. Just once or twice a term, it’s your chance to get stuck into a wide range of games and activities enjoyed by the girls.

Will I get paid?

No, however, any equipment, food or other supplies bought for a unit can be reimbursed, as can administration costs and guiding-related travel. When you volunteer your local Commissioner will be able to tell you more. Many units will also pay for Leader’s uniform.

Do I have to wear uniform?

Only female adult members actively delivering guiding to girls and young women in a Leadership role have to wear guiding wear. They can choose from the current adult Leader wear for meetings or events as appropriate to the activity or situation.

However, there is a range of casual guiding clothing for all volunteers if they choose.

Are there any age restrictions for volunteering?

Unit Leaders, in overall charge of a unit, must be aged between 18 and 65. However, women aged over 65 can continue to volunteer within a unit as an Assistant Leader or Unit Helper. Girlguiding recognises that many women are perfectly able to deliver a girl-led programme that is relevant to today's girls and young women beyond the age of 65. However, there are others who are less capable of doing so, which is why we ask those over 65 to step down from being the Leader in overall charge of a unit.

Will I have to have a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check?

We take the safety of young people very seriously and therefore require all volunteers who work directly with young people to complete a Criminal Records Bureau check. It is an easy procedure and we will provide you with all the help and support you need to complete it.

What is the process for joining or volunteering?

If you are interested in volunteering or registering your daughter please click here or call us on 0800 1 69 59 01

The next step is for you to meet with your local Commissioner to have an informal chat about what you want to do and how much time you want to commit.

The Guiding Promise

Rainbow Guides Promise

I promise that I will do my best to think about my beliefs and to be kind and helpful.

Brownie/Guide Promise

I promise that I will do my best:
To be true to myself and develop my beliefs,
To serve the Queen and my community,
To help other people and
To keep the (Brownie) Guide Law

Guide Law

  1. A Guide is honest, reliable and can be trusted.
  2. A Guide is helpful, and uses her time and abilities wisely.
  3. A Guide faces challenge and learns from her experiences.
  4. A Guide is a good friend and a sister to all Guides.
  5. A Guide is polite and considerate.
  6. A Guide respects all living things and takes care of the world around her.

TAPS

(Taps is sang at the end of a Guide Meeting)
Day is done, Gone the sun,
From the sea, from the hills, from the sky,
All is well, Safely rest,
God is nigh

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