GIRLGUIDING SCOTLAND CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS AS THOUSANDS OF GIRLS ON WAITING LIST TO JOIN

Girlguiding Scotland is calling for more volunteers to help empower the next generation of girls and tackle the charity’s waiting list of more than 7,000 girls age 5 and up.

  • Girlguiding Scotland is calling for more volunteers to help empower girls and young women across the country and tackle the waiting list of more than 7,000 girls in Scotland
  • The call follows Girlguiding’s first ever UK-wide volunteer recruitment campaign to address the waiting list of 70,000 girls across the UK.
  • Today, Girlguiding launches #KnowYourPlace – a campaign calling for more volunteers to join the charity

The call follows Girlguiding’s launch of its first ever UK-wide campaign to recruit more volunteers to join the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Girlguiding volunteers inspire and empower girls and young women across the UK, giving their time so girls can have adventures, make friends, build confidence and develop skills they will use throughout their lives, but 70,000 girls across the UK are missing out on these opportunities because of a shortage of volunteers.

Today, Girlguiding is launching a multi-channel campaign calling on more people to volunteer and join the movement of girls and women empowering each other. The campaign features a film which will be shared on social media channels and celebrates how Girlguiding volunteers have found ‘their place’ motivating, inspiring and leading girls.

Moira McKenna, Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Guide, said: “We’ve been empowering girls to discover their talents, use their voice and blaze new trails for more than 100 years. It’s great to see that fun and fearless spirit alive and well in our new campaign turning the out-dated idea that girls and young women should know their place on its head.

We want to empower the next generation of girls in Scotland to know that their place is wherever they want it to be, from the halls of parliament to cutting edge laboratories and the boardrooms of the UK’s biggest businesses. But, we need more volunteers to help us tackle our waiting list and ensure in every girl in Scotland has a space to discover their talents, use their voice and unleash their potential.”

Girlguiding Scotland currently offers around 50,000 girls a space away from school where they can escape the pressures in their lives and are supported by volunteers to gain skills and confidence, whether they are trying abseiling for the first time, having a go at science experiments or taking action on the issues that matter to them. Without volunteers Girlguiding Scotland would not be able to provide girls and young women with these amazing opportunities.

“Being a part of Girlguiding has given many opportunities to take on new challenges and make lifelong memories – from learning First Aid and survival skills to how to speak out on the issues affecting young women here in Scotland and beyond. As a member of The Senior Section a young leader with my local Rainbows I love having a safe space where I can make friends, try new things and really be myself, and I’m proud to be helping create that for other girls,” said, Bethan, 17, a Girlguiding Advocate, Senior Section member and a Young Leader with the 1st Killermont Rainbows in Bearden.

She added: “Today’s waiting list figures show that safe space to enjoy fun and adventure and discover your potential is just as in demand today as it ever has been – possibly even more so! So I’m really excited to support Girlguiding’s new campaign to encourage more people to take the leap, get involved and make a different to girls and young women.

Katie-Rebecca, a Girlguiding Advocate, Peer Education and unit helper with the 1st Ullapool Guides, said: “As recent research by Girlguiding has shown girls and young women today are facing all sorts of pressures and are growing up acutely aware of how gender stereotypes and society’s expectations affect so many areas of their lives – from how they feel about their looks and body to how comfortable they are speaking out in class.

“As a young woman in my 20s it feels really important to me to help give girls a safe space where they can really be themselves and discover their potential which is why I’m proud to be a volunteer with Girlguiding Scotland. But with 70,000 on the waiting list it is clear too many girls are missing out.”

“That’s why I’m proud to be supporting Girlguiding’s new ‘Know your Place’ campaign to encourage more people to volunteer. Whether you can spare a couple hours a week or a month, whether you used to be a Guide or you’re totally new – you can help empower the next generation of girls to know their place is wherever they want it to be!”

Over the last nine years Girlguiding’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey has given an insight into girls’ lives and shone a light on the challenges and pressures they encounter. The 2017 survey reveals their worries about being online, the impact of gender stereotypes on their behaviour and the impact of sexual harassment at school, while in 2016 girls told us they feel as though they’re not good enough.

  • 35% of girls aged 11-21 say comparing themselves and their lives to others is one of their major worries about being online
  • 55% of girls aged 7-21 say gender stereotypes affect their ability to say what they think
  • 64% of girls aged 13-21 say they’ve experienced some form of sexual harassment at school, college or university in the past year
  • In 2016 69% of girls aged 7-21 said they feel like they are not good enough

The 2017 research also highlights what makes girls feel positive, such as spending time with friends, (51% of girls aged 7-21), being creative (22% of girls aged 7-21), being outdoors (22% of girls aged 7-21) and trying new things (one in five girls aged 7-10), all of which Girlguiding offers to girls and young women.

To find out more and to view the #KnowYourPlace campaign film visit: girlguiding.org.uk/knowyourplace

 

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Notes to editors:

 

  • To arrange interviews with Girlguiding’s Advocates or volunteers, please Mairi Gordon, Girlguiding Scotland Media and PR Officer at marketing@girlguiding-scot.org.uk or call 0131 226 4511 / 07852 554 779
  • Additional images, graphics and volunteer case studies are available on request from the press office
  • Girlguiding Advocates are a group of 18 young women aged 14-25 who help to direct the charity’s research and advocacy work and campaign to make girls’ voices heard

 

About Girlguiding Scotland:

Girlguiding Scotland is the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland, with 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. Find out more at girlguidingscotland.org.uk

 

About Girlguiding across the UK:

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over half a million members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. 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 The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No 306016.