Showing the benefits
Tell your new and existing volunteers what Girlguiding can offer them so they can plan their progress and development
This is the first time I’ve volunteered with Girlguiding and I’ve been overwhelmed by the warm welcome and support I’ve received. It’s been a great way for me to give back to the community I’ve lived in all my life. - Sandra Kelleher, 1st Swanscombe Rainbows
Showing the benefits of guiding helps recruit new volunteers and ensure they stay around!
Find - and keep - skilled and happy volunteers by linking their roles at Girlguiding with their wider experiences.
- Bring in more new volunteers - make sure all potential volunteers understand how volunteering with us relates to their interests and aspirations. When people know what great things Girlguiding has to offer them personally, they will be more likely to join us.
- Make sure current volunteers stay - volunteers who have been with us for a while may not know everything that Girlguiding now offers them or will in the future. Explain how their roles and responsibilities can evolve over time to match their priorities and ensure that they stay with us for longer.
The benefits of existing expertise
Every new volunteer brings an interest or skill to Girlguiding when they join.
Find out what someone new can add to your team and then ask them to put it to use in your unit straight away. They will gain confidence from feeling useful in their first few weeks.
Tell volunteers how much their skills are improving the experiences of girls in your unit. Remind volunteers that they are benefiting too by showing them the skills they are developing in a new context.
You might find that asking someone to offer their skills on an occasional basis to begin with will give them enough confidence to take up a more responsible volunteer role later.
The benefits of new skills
Learning new skills is an important part of volunteering with us. Take time to talk to volunteers about the personal development opportunities that come with different roles in guiding.
- Teamwork - working in a team with other volunteers is essential to make guiding happen. Volunteers in all roles work together, from planning local meetings to joining with other units.
- Leadership - our volunteers are trained to lead others. This includes volunteer management and coordinating local guiding activities.
- Organisation - programme and event planning teaches skills from time management to budgeting.
- Communication - working with people at all levels develops confidence and communication skills. Volunteers also learn about negotiating and giving presentations.
- Specialist skills - from training and mentoring other volunteers, to fundraising experience and working with partners.
Highlighting volunteering skills that are transferable to other contexts is especially useful for people returning to work, applying to university or looking for personal development opportunities.
Take a look at the Guiding for Your CV leaflet to make sure you know how to highlight the benefits of guiding in different settings.
Look through our volunteer role descriptions to identify more roles and skills that suit your new and current volunteers.
Introduce training straight away
Learning and development is a significant benefit of volunteering with Girlguiding. Start new volunteers on their personal development journey by signposting them to appropriate training opportunities as soon as you can. Think about what suits them best, such as an outdoor qualification for someone active or a Leadership qualification if someone is hoping to advance their career. All volunteers have access i-Lead, WAGGGS online leadership training too.
New friends and fun activities
We all know that guiding isn't just about adding skills to your CV. It's a chance to meet a new group of friends, see new places and do some extraordinary things. Share your own experiences with volunteers to show they can inspire and be be inspired by the girls they interact with.
Travel in the UK and internationally
Girlguiding is a global movement so there are opportunities to travel both in the UK and abroad. Find out what's on offer in each country and region from their local websites, and look at GOLD (Guiding Overseas Linked with Development) for further international opportunities for volunteers.
The benefits of volunteering
'I’d definitely recommend volunteering. Every week, after a Rainbows meeting, I feel I have accomplished something great. We’ve got lots of exciting activities and games planned with the girls'
'One of my friends volunteers for a Girlguiding group and recommended it. Volunteering is a good opportunity for me to gain new skills and come up with activities for the group.'
'It’s great working with the girls and we’ve got lots of exciting activities lined up. I really enjoy being a Rainbow Leader because of the difference you make. The girls come into Rainbows shy and go on to Brownies confident.'