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:
- Head along to an information evening and talk to as many Leaders as you can to find out more about volunteering
- 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
- If you’re feeling stretched speak to the rest of your team or your District Commissioner – there is always support available
- And remember, most people struggle to remember all the girls’ names but quickly it becomes second nature!