New research: Volunteering with guiding helps your career

  • Almost half (44 per cent) of Girlguiding Scotland volunteers say that guiding has helped them get a job or work experience, a survey of more than 200 members has revealed
  • More than a third (36 per cent) say it’s helped them get onto a course, further education or training
  • 99 per cent of Girlguiding Scotland’s volunteers say giving their time with the charity has had a positive impact on their lives
  • Girlguiding Scotland volunteers say they have learned skills like leadership (91 per cent), planning and organisation (91 per cent), team working (89 per cent) and communication (79 per cent)
  • Charity on lookout for new volunteers to help all girls who want to join to be a part of Scottish guiding

Almost half (44 per cent) of Girlguiding Scotland’s volunteers say that giving their time with guiding has boosted their career chances by helping them get a job or work experience, new research from the charity reveals today (Tuesday 22 December 2015).

Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women found, through a survey of more than 200 of its members, that the vast majority of their volunteers say they’ve gained skills and experience that are attractive to employers including leadership skills (91 per cent), planning and organisational skills (91 per cent), team working skills (89 per cent) and communication skills (79 per cent) through guiding. More than a third (36 per cent) say it’s helped them get onto a course, further education or training.

99 per cent of Girlguiding Scotland volunteers also said that guiding has had a positive impact on their lives, with many reporting it has helped them make friends (98 per cent), have fun (94 per cent), boost their confidence (79 per cent), do something they never thought they’d do (59 per cent) and travel (49 per cent).

And while volunteering with guiding has a big impact on volunteers’ lives, 91 per cent of those who give their time to the charity also say that one of the best things about guiding is the chance to give girls and young women across Scotland amazing opportunities.

Fiona Dalziel, 48, is a Guide Leader and Senior Section Leader in Angus. Fiona joined Girlguiding Scotland as a Brownie and returned as a Leader 20 years ago when her daughter joined the Rainbows.

Fiona, who works as a secretary in a secondary school in Angus, said:

“Guiding has taught me that I really can make a difference to the world around me, from small individual things to being part of a bigger picture.

“The skills I have learned through guiding have helped me every day in my job and are truly invaluable – as I look back over the last 20 years or more I can attribute a great deal of my success in the workplace to the skills I learned in guiding!

“I also love working with young people – you can have the worst day ever but when you go to Guides and spend time with these girls and young women, all the nonsense of the day fades away and life is good.”

Sue Walker, Girlguiding Scotland’s Scottish Chief Commissioner – or lead volunteer – said:

“The work our 12,000 volunteers do to bring guiding alive for our young members is truly inspirational and as our survey shows, volunteering with guiding can change your life too.

“There are more than 6,000 girls across Scotland waiting to join guiding, so we’re always on the lookout for new volunteers to ensure every girl who wants to gets the chance to take part.

“If you’re after a new start this Christmas, we’d love to hear from you!

“As a volunteer you could find yourself helping girls learn about stars, campaign for women’s rights, go camping or even travel abroad.

“In return, we look after our volunteers with dedicated support, training and skills development.”

Find out more about volunteering with Girlguiding Scotland at www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.

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Notes to editors:

  1. Girlguiding Scotland surveyed 225 guiding volunteers across Scotland aged 16 and over between October and November 2015. The volunteers were asked about the benefits of volunteering with Scottish guiding and how it has impacted on their lives.
  2. Girlguiding Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women, 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.