Ways of volunteering

Find the right volunteer role for you

There are lots of fun and flexible ways to get involved in guiding.  

You don't need to have been involved in guiding before or have loads of time to make a big difference. Whatever your skills and interests, whether it’s volunteering with girls directly or supporting behind the scenes, there’s a role to suit you. 

Take a look at the ways you can get involved below and then register your interest to find out about roles near you. 

Volunteer with girls at unit meetings 

At the heart of guiding are the unit meetings that girls go along to regularly. Volunteering at unit meetings means getting stuck in, meeting new people and running activities that help girls know they can do anything. You’ll volunteer directly with young people and can choose to work with girls of different age groups between 4 and 18 years in Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers. Unit meetings are usually once a week for around an hour. 

Roles include: 

Unit helper 

Lots of new volunteers start out as a helper at regular unit meetings. You’ll work alongside other volunteers to give girls fun, friendship, challenge and adventure. There's no responsibility for planning in this role but you'll be the extra pair of hands needed to make unit meetings happen. Register your interest to find out about unit helper roles near you 

Unit leader 

As unit leader, you'll run the unit, lead a team of volunteers, and plan and deliver a programme of awesome activities. If you'd like to become a leader, you'll be supported to complete our leader development programme. You'll have training on everything from planning activities to child safety. Register your interest to find out about unit leader roles near you. 

Taking on a supporting role 

There are plenty of ways you can still make an impact in a supporting role, whether that’s digitally or on an ad-hoc basis. No commitment is too small – every role is vital to running our charity. 

These roles are perfect for you if you can’t give time every week, want to help casually or are keen to share a specific skill or passion. This can be anything from camping or football through to photography or managing a shop! Find out more about supporting roles.