Get to know our new Development Worker Helen

Thanks to funding from Cashback for Communities, a Scottish Government programme which reinvests the proceeds of crime back into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people, our new Development Worker Helen is getting stuck into her new role!


Working Scotland-wide, Helen will be working closely with volunteers across Scotland to help bring guiding to more girls. Find out what she’s been getting up to so far and what she’s got planned for the future….

Q. What made you apply for the role of Development Worker?

A. Having been a part of Girlguiding as a young person I know first-hand what a difference it can make to someone’s life. I knew that through this role I could help girls and young women be part of something amazing. I come from an arts and third sector background, which has equipped me with a variety of different skills and life experiences, so when I saw the job advert I knew I had apply.

Q. Tell us a bit about what you’ve been getting up to since you started?

A. I had my first ever virtual “first day” in a job due to us being unable to meet up in person, which was a new experience for me! I am learning a lot from the staff team and enjoying getting to know all the brilliant volunteers, and how I can support them through Generation Cashback funding. Over the next few weeks I’ll be gathering knowledge and information at a local level and drafting an action plan for 2021.

Q. What’s your favourite thing about your new role?

A. No two days are the same which makes the role very exciting! Working in collaboration with passionate volunteers you really get a sense of the impact Girlguiding has which makes my job truly rewarding.

Q. What are you most excited about getting to do?

A. I’m excited to support the start-up of new units and help existing units flourish and expand. Generation Cashback funding can make a real difference and as this is a Scotland-wide project I’m looking forward to meeting up with and supporting units across the country. Virtually at first and then face to face once restrictions allow.

Find out more

Get more info about Generation Cashback and find out if you’re eligible for the Phase 5 Generation Cashback funding. This is for Guide and Ranger units which meet certain postcode criteria, or can demonstrate that their activities support young people impacted by crime, or help divert them from paths that may lead to antisocial behaviour. You’ve got until 4 December to apply.

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