GIRLGUIDING SCOTLAND APPEALS FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP INSPIRE 8,000 GIRLS

  • Volunteers are needed across Scotland to help more girls join in the fun and adventure of Girlguiding and tackle the charity’s waiting list
  • With around 8,000 girls across the country currently waiting to join their local Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or Ranger unit, Girlguiding Scotland is seeking volunteers to help inspire the next generation of girls
  • As the leading charity for girls and young women in the country, Girlguiding Scotland currently offers around 50,000 girls a safe space to enjoy new experiences, learn new skills and make new friends
  • Earlier this year Girlguiding unveiled a revamped programme of activities and badges, bringing everything up to date to create a unique and extensive choice of activities which reflects the diversity of girls and modern life in the 21 century. New badges include Entrepreneur, Inventing, Navigator, Craftism and Self-care

More than 11,500 volunteers help to run Girlguiding units in communities across Scotland, but more volunteers are needed to help the charity offer fun and adventure to even more girls.

To encourage more people to get involved the charity has just launched a major recruitment campaign highlighting how volunteers can help inspire a whole new generation of girls.

Dianne Smith, from Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, started volunteering with her daughter’s Brownie unit a year ago. She says: “I was a little nervous when I first started volunteering as I didn’t really know what to expect but I’ve loved getting to know the girls and seeing their confidence grow over their time in Brownies.

“From games to adventures, there’s always something new to try and I get as much out of it as the girls do. It’s been fantastic to see our Brownie group grow – now we’ve got 30 girls and a waiting list of others who are keen to join!”

“Life can be busy but volunteering can be a great break from the everyday; it’s given me a sense of purpose and I feel really proud to be helping inspire girls. To anyone thinking up becoming a volunteer I’d say do it, you’ll be amazed at the difference you can make, and you’ll have loads of fun too!”

Girlguiding recently launched InspireGirls, a multi-channel UK-wide campaign featuring films on social media and starring members from the charity to encourage more volunteers to get involved. Anyone can get involved in guiding, whether or not they’ve previously been a member, and with a variety of voluntary roles to choose from, people can give the time that suits them.

Moira McKenna, Girlguiding Scotland’s lead volunteer, said: “Every week, all over Scotland, volunteers share their time to give girls a safe space where they can enjoy fun and adventure, all while learning new skills and growing in confidence. I know from my own experience leading Guides and Rangers what a rewarding and unforgettable experience volunteering can be.

“We want to make sure every girl in Scotland who wants to has the chance to join Girlguiding, but to reach more girls we need more volunteers. With the launch of our brand new programme, featuring 800 new badges and activities, now is a really exciting time to join Scotland’s biggest charity for girls and young women and play a part in inspiring the next generation.”

For more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding Scotland, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, visit www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk/get-involved

 

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For more  Mairi Gordon, Girlguiding Scotland Media and PR Officer at marketing@girlguiding-scot.org.uk or call 0131 226 4511 / 07852 554 779

About Girlguiding Scotland

Girlguiding Scotland is the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland, with around 50,000 young members. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years) Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and Rangers (14-18 years). Registered Charity No SC005548.

Find out more at www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk