Celebrating one million of hours volunteering with Girlguiding Scotland

Every day, all over Scotland, our volunteers bring the fun and adventure of guiding to life for almost 50,000 girls and young women.

Over the year Girlguiding Scotland’s 11,500 amazing volunteers contribute more than one million hours to helping girls and young women across Scotland to grow in confidence, reach for the stars, and most of all – have fun!

But what does more than a million hours of volunteering mean?

This Volunteers’ Week on 1 – 12 June, we are celebrating the amazing work our volunteers do and finding out what an hour in guiding means to them

Laura Stewart is a Leader with the 137th City of Edinburgh Rainbows, for ages five to seven. Laura says:

“An hour at Rainbows could mean making fruit smoothies or crafting mosaics and tambourines. One thing you can count on is that whatever you do – it will be great fun for you and the girls.” 

Anne Mackintosh, a Leader with the 23rd City of Edinburgh Guides for girls ages 10-14, shares how volunteering keeps her feeling young. She says:

“Volunteering has helped me to develop my organisational and management skills and as a mother of boys, my Guides feel like the daughters I never had.”

Plus it keeps me feeling young and there’s always something new to try. Next week we’re going for surfing lessons in Dunbar!”

Mairi Gordon is a Leader with the 259th City of Glasgow Brownies for girls ages 7-10. She says:

“An hour with our Brownies can involve anything from trying out science experiments to cooking up a feast.

 “Being a Brownie Leader has taught me to think on my feet, get creative and say yes to new experiences. Most of all, it’s just a great way to have fun.”

Tell us what guiding means to you on Volunteers’ Week by tweeting us @GirlguidingScot or emailing yourstories@girlguiding-scot.org.uk.