‘Why we became volunteers!’
Together we can inspire more girls across Scotland! Are you looking for some inspiration to reach out to new volunteers in your local area? We caught up with a group of our volunteers this National Youth Work Week to ask them why they decided to start volunteering in the first place.
First up is volunteer with 3rd Bishopton Rainbows, Emma:
A very good friend of mine has been a really enthusiastic volunteer for many years so when she asked if I’d be keen to help out at a brand new unit, I couldn’t say no. I’d already been looking for ways to give back to my local community and her commitment to volunteering and helping girls grow in confidence has always been so inspiring. It was all perfect timing.
Although the unit has only been open a few months we’ve already tried archery, costume making and ceilidh dancing. I really like how the Girlguiding programme encourages girls to be independent by deciding what they’re interested in learning more about and taking on badges in their own time. As a primary school teacher and mother of two young girls I fully appreciate how crucial this is in helping young people reach their full potential in life.
Volunteer with 3rd Prestwick Brownies Sarah Jane shares her story:
I was a very shy and self-conscious child who struggled to make friends. It was only when my mum signed me up for Brownies that I began to thrive. I finally had a safe space where I could grow in confidence and develop my interests free of judgement. As soon as I was old enough to volunteer I jumped at the chance to get involved so I could support girls the same way I had been. Now nothing makes me happier than seeing girls in my unit grow into individuals with strong voices.
Check out why assistant leader with 18th Kirkcaldy Brownies and Guides Rowena signed up:
When I first moved to Kirkcaldy for college I didn’t know anyone. In a bid to meet new people I decided to find out more about volunteering opportunities in my new town. In the process I found out that there was a real need for volunteers to help out at Rainbow units in the local area and it was then that something really clicked for me.
I’d been a Brownie when I was younger and my leader instilled in me that I could do whatever I set my mind to, this is something I’d never forgotten. I saw this as an amazing opportunity to help inspire the next generation of girls in the same way I’d been empowered. I also went on to meet lots of like-minded volunteers and made amazing friends for life so it’s like it was meant to be!
How can you #inspiregirls?
Get involved with our brand new recruitment campaign this National Youth Work Week and spread the word about how fun and rewarding volunteering is. From recruitment evenings to setting up stalls, find out you can help empower the next generation of girls and young women today.