Ways of volunteering

There are lots of fun and rewarding ways to get involved. Find one that’s right for you.

Find your adventure

You don't need to have been involved in guiding before or have loads of spare time to make a big difference. Whatever your skills and interests 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 volunteering roles available near you.

Volunteer with girls at unit meetings

At the heart of guiding are the unit meetings that girls go along to each week. Volunteering at unit meetings means getting messy, meeting new people and running activities that help girls discover their potential. You’ll volunteer directly with young people and can choose to work with girls in Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers. Unit meetings are usually an hour once a week.

These roles are perfect if you want to:

  • Support girls on a regular basis and see them grow
  • Get stuck into adventurous (and often messy!) activities
  • Have a rewarding role where you'll develop great relationships with girls and volunteers

Roles available include:

Unit helper

Lots of new volunteers start out as a helper at a weekly unit meeting. 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

Be an inspiring role model to girls and young women – and have a lot of fun in the process. 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 Leadership qualification. You'll have training on everything from planning your programme to child safety. Register your interest to find out about unit leader roles near you

Assistant leader

Have plenty of fun as an assistant leader while giving essential support to your unit leader. You'll help to plan and deliver meetings, events and activities. Register your interest to find out about assistant leader roles near you

Taking on a supporting role

If you aren’t able to volunteer on a regular basis, you can still make an impact in a supporting role. No commitment is too small – every role is vital to running our charity.

These roles are perfect for you if you are:

  • Not able to give time every week
  • Want to help out casually
  • Keen to share a specialist skill such as photography or managing a shop

Roles include: administrator, district/division/county helper, photographer, volunteer shop manager. Find out more about supporting roles.

Specialist roles

If you're already involved in guiding and keen to progress - or if you'd like to get involved at a national or regional level - we have specialist volunteer roles to take you further. Roles include trainer coordinator, outdoor activities adviser, admin support, communications and PR adviser. Find out about the different roles you can do once you’re a guiding member.

Volunteer and make a difference

Work with young people, gain voluntary experience and develop skills from first aid to fundraising. It’s time to get involved with Girlguiding

Register your interest