Find out what support is available for local recruitment!
We want all of our members to be able to join in
To make it as easy as possible, we’ll have different types of resources available depending on your circumstances. We’ve asked county commissioners across Scotland to keep us up to date and let us know how each county plans to join in the Inspire Girls campaign to help us make sure we have the right resources available to support everyone that wants to take part.
Once we’ve heard back from every county we’ll be able to share more information about how you can access the resources you’ll need to join in. In the meantime, you’ll find lots of top tips and ideas on Girlguiding’s website.
Now’s the time to work out the gaps you’ll need to fill come September. For example, is someone moving away for uni or do you need someone to come in and help with admin support? Once you know who you want to recruit you can make a head start on developing a recruitment plan.
Not got a lot of time?
Don’t worry! You can join in by putting up posters at your local meeting place or help girls send invites to parents or teachers. Feel free to get in touch with the team here at Girlguiding Scotland headquarters for more information on how to advertise specific roles online for free.
If you do find yourself having a bit more time then you might want to join up with other units in your district or division to coordinate recruitment plans. However you decide to join in, we’ll be sharing ideas to help you get recruitment ready so keep your eyes peeled to our social media and future newsletters for more information.
Great support tools to check out
We know volunteers have already started holding recruitment events across Scotland but if you’re still in process of planning yours then here are some helpful tools:
- Before you recruit: identifying gaps
- Step by step guide to recruitment drives
- Setting up a recruitment stall
- Free section-specific recruitment materials
Here are some top tips to get you started on your recruitment journey
1. Mind the gap
Touch base with your leadership team and find out if anyone is thinking about taking a break from guiding, it’s better to know in advance so that you have time to prepare to fill that role.
2. Do what you love and delegate what you don’t
Reflect on the last term. What tasks have you enjoyed and what do you wish you could delegate? If your team is really passionate about working with girls but less so about admin or finance why not recruit someone into these roles in time for next term? We can advertise these roles for you for free – get in touch to find out more.
3. Parents are potential new members too
Would your unit benefit from an extra pair of hands? If so, have you offered parents the chance to get involved? Lots of parents will be hoping that their girls will be able to get a space in guiding after summer. If a lack of leaders is likely to be a barrier be upfront and invite them to come forward as a volunteer (whether they can give a little time or a lot).
It might sound obvious but lots of parents don’t realise that there are a range of ways to support their daughter in guiding. Whether it’s attending meetings regularly, joining a rota, sharing a skill or helping with admin, for example. Also, you could hold a taster session and invite parents along so they can find out more about getting involved. Girlguiding have created new Inspire Girls images specifically designed to appeal to parents. Why not attach one when you next email them or put one of the posters up in your meeting place? Find out more.
4. Been there, done that?
If you’ve already tried approaching parents (including those of girls on waiting lists) without much success, check out these top tips for how to respond when people say they don’t have time to help out. This is a great way to show them that volunteering can fit around a busy life.
Whatever you do, be positive! Remember that whenever you talk about guiding you’re shaping impressions of what it’s like to volunteer with us.
5. Involve the girls!
Our young members are our best adverts! Why not challenge them to spread the news that your unit needs more adults to get involved? Older girls could host a ‘bring an adult’ info session to let people find out more about what it’s like to be involved in guiding today.