Meet our new Growth and Development Worker!

Thanks to a generous legacy donation, we’ve welcomed a brand new Growth and Development Worker to our team… Everyone, meet Emily!


Emily will be focusing on helping units across Scotland tackle waiting lists and welcome more girls into guiding! Find out how she’s been settling in to her new role and what’s next…

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

A. I’ve been a member of Girlguiding since I was a child, I went through Rainbows, Brownies and Guides before becoming a leader. I had such a positive experience within guiding and know that it played a huge role in shaping who I am today. As a volunteer myself, I’m extremely passionate about the work that Girlguiding Scotland does. So, when I saw this role advertised, I knew I wanted to be more involved and help as many young people as possible enjoy all we have to offer.

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

A. So far, I’ve been getting to know the Girlguiding Scotland staff and volunteer team. It’s been inspiring to hear the amazing work other volunteers do, and everything that has been done so far to get girls into guiding. I’m now beginning to create a plan on what can be done to bring more girls into guiding, I’ve already had some interesting meetings, and learned so much about how creative our volunteers can be! I’m looking forward to putting this plan into action.

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

A. I’m loving the fantastic, supportive and welcoming environment here at Girlguiding Scotland. It’s been fascinating to learn about all the different types of units, for example, I had no idea hospital guiding existed before I joined! Our hospital units are there to make sure that any young patients or young people visiting others can have some normality and fun with friends, taking on guiding challenges together.

Q. What are you most excited to do?

A. From supporting units to grow and welcome more girls to helping volunteers open brand new units, I’m looking forward to getting properly stuck in to my new role! I’m excited to see how I can help support the amazing work of all the volunteers and allow more young people to have that guiding experience.

Get in touch

Emily will be supporting districts and divisions with especially long waiting lists. She’ll be helping volunteers with adult recruitment and trialling flexible guiding methods to bring waiting list girls into new and existing units. If you’re a county membership growth coordinator, enquiry coordinator or district or division commissioner and would like support from Emily over summer or into the new term, get in touch.