Working with Youth United

We work with the Youth United Foundation to reach out into new communities and make guiding more accessible

How we're reaching new communities to grow our membership

Girlguiding is for all girls whatever their background or circumstances. Between 2012 to 2019, we received several grants through the Youth United Foundation to support our work to make sure girls and young women across the UK have the opportunity to join guiding and discover their potential.

With the funding, we have been able to open groups, many in new areas and communities. We have also adopted flexible approaches so both girls and volunteers can fit guiding around other commitments.

Uniformed Youth Fund (UYF)- 2018-19

Girlguiding received funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) through the Uniformed Youth Fund project, following a government commitment to help uniformed youth groups to expand in disadvantaged areas.

The funding supported our work to:

  • recruit more volunteers from diverse backgrounds
  • provide volunteers with better web resources and training
  • understand the impact our new programme on girls and young women
  • support new and existing groups in areas of 0-35% deprivation in England

We also used funds through our Delivering Diversity project to offer the same support to Girlguiding Ulster, Scotland and Cymru.

The project finished successfully in summer 2019 and to date we have:

  • supported over 50 new units
  • recruited over 550 new volunteers
  • filled over 1200 spaces in existing groups in areas of deprivation – offering guiding to more girls

Through developing a range of support – from recruitment toolkits to new style grants to research to help our 2020+ strategy, we have been able to offer guiding to even more girls.

Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund (UYSAF) - 2014-2016

Girlguiding received funding from the Cabinet Office through the Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund (UYSAF) project.

The funding supported our work to bring guiding to new communities and to encourage young people to get involved in social action and make a difference.

The project ran in all nine of Girlguiding's Countries and Regions with the support of paid Development Workers who helped local volunteer teams open new units, build new partnerships, recruit new volunteers and welcome new girls.

The project was a great success and as a result we:

  • opened 135 new units
  • supported over 50 units at risk of closing
  • recruited over 280 new adult volunteers
  • created spaces for almost 3000 girls
  • supported almost 4000 young people to take part in 460 social action activities

Girlguiding learnt a great deal from the project – and its evaluation, which helped us develop new retention and recruitment resources for our volunteers, girls and supporters.

The Queen's Trust (TQT) Fund - 2015

The Queen's Trust awarded Girlguiding grant funding to help grow guiding in the Black Country, including the Metropolitan Boroughs of Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton. The Black Country sits within the Girlguiding Midlands County of West Mercia, focusing on areas with high levels of deprivation.

The grant funding supported:

  • 10 new groups to buy equipment and uniform
  • series of recruitment events and activities to encourage more volunteers to join our local groups
  • Over 120 girls and young women to develop their confidence, learn new skills and make a positive contribution in their local community

Supporting Inclusion Programme (SIP) - 2012

Girlguiding received funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the Supporting Inclusion Programme (SIP) to help us grow in areas with high levels of deprivation.

A team of Development Workers worked tirelessly alongside Girlguiding volunteers to pilot innovative ways to grow guiding, enabling more girls to experience and benefit from the fun of guiding for the first time.

Over the course of the project we:

  • opened 123 new units
  • introduced over 1300 girls to guiding
  • engaged 329 adult volunteers.


About Youth United

Youth United was originally set up in 2009 as a network for the CEOs of the UK's uniformed youth organisations.

In 2012, the Youth United Foundation was formed to provide funding to the organisations and lead on collaborative projects between them so that every young person can become a member of a uniformed youth group should they want to.