Volunteers’ Week stories: How being a Leader works for me

This Volunteers’ Week we’re celebrating the diverse skills and perspectives our volunteers bring.

We caught up with a group of Leaders and got their unique perspective on being a part of Girlguiding Scotland. Up first, Kimberley on how being a Leader can fit around you!

Guide Leader, Kimberley Chatt, started volunteering in the hope of gaining more experience working with children after applying to do a postgraduate diploma in secondary school teaching. Although it was difficult at times to fit her volunteering around her full-time job, with support from the guiding community in her area, she found a way to make it work.

“I attended a County information event and was really encouraged by the friendly people I met. They were so accommodating and soon after I managed to find a time to help out which suited my busy lifestyle.

I’ve now been a Leader with the 162nd City of Edinburgh Guides for the last two years. Even when it wasn’t easy I continued because the role is just so rewarding!

My favourite thing about volunteering is getting to help girls discover new interests and friendships. Even after a stressful week at work the girls never fail to put a smile on my face! Seeing them all grow and develop into young adults is such an exciting journey to be a part of.

Being part of Girlguiding Scotland has allowed me meet new people and build networks within my local community. I’ve taken part in activities and trips that I would never have discovered on my own.

My top 5 tips

Here are my top tips for finding the balance between working and volunteering:

  1. Head along to an information evening and talk to as many Leaders as you can to find out more about volunteering
  2. Remember that there are so many different volunteer roles available within Girlguiding Scotland so you should be able to find a way to help out that fits around your schedule
  3. If you’re feeling stretched speak to the rest of your team or your District Commissioner – there is always support available
  4. And remember, most people struggle to remember all the girls’ names but quickly it becomes second nature!