Youth Member

Hannah Brutin

Hannah, 20, gives our 50,000 young members a voice in Trustee decisions and discussions.

Despite planning to be an astronaut or a spy when she was a little girl, Hannah is currently studying medicine at Edinburgh University.

She has been a Rainbow, a Brownie, a Guide, a member of The Senior Section and a Young Leader for a Rainbow unit in Linlithgow. She currently volunteers as Assistant Leader for a Rainbow unit in Edinburgh. She also chairs Polaris, Girlguiding Scotland’s Youth Forum.

Her involvement with guiding has seen her travel as far afield as Sweden – for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in 2011 – and Peru, where she ran training sessions in 2014 to help local guiding units recruit new members.

She’s now got her sights set on her Queen’s Guide Award and volunteers as a Girlguiding Scotland Peer Educator – helping other girls explore issues such as body image and self-esteem.

What has been the impact of Hannah’s guiding journey on the rest of her life?

“It’s given me much more confidence in public speaking, which has been really useful in doing presentations for university assessments.

“And I’ve learnt how to manage my time effectively to fit in all the fun things I love and the less fun tasks that I need to do!”

What about the girls she volunteers with?

“It’s great to see the girls grow in confidence and skills – especially as this progress can be very quick at Rainbow age.

“And everyone makes great friends – including me!”