Equality and Diversity policy: Disability

Reasonable adjustments for disabled young members and adult volunteers

Girlguiding is committed to making reasonable adjustments to support disabled young members and adult volunteers so that they have access to the same opportunities and experiences as non-disabled members and volunteers.

All disabled members should have access to the same broad and balanced programme and experiences as their peers. Guidance has been produced to support our volunteers in making reasonable adjustments to ensure membership is available to all adults and girls. This can be found in our information on including members with additional needs.


Youth and adult members are able to obtain all qualifications and awards relevant to their role as long as they are able to demonstrate the key skills. Guidance to support this is available in our information on adapting qualifications

Flexible transition ages

We recommend that all young members attend the programme most appropriate for their age, however we recognise that for some disabled young members moving up to another section may present additional challenges.

We are flexible on the upper age range of each section, up to the age of 26, to allow for disabled members to access the programme that is most appropriate for them and to transfer to the next section when they feel ready.

This decision should be made in conversation with the young person and their parent or carer.

Additional funding

Girlguiding recognise that additional funding may be needed to help make guiding available to all adults and girls. Our Fund for members with disabilities provides additional financial support and can be applied for once every 12 months. 

Find more information on support available for members with additional needs.


Girlguiding is able to produce resources in alternative accessible formats upon request, for example digital PDF. Please call the Information Team on 0800 169 5901 or email [email protected] for more information.

Published: 11 January 2017

Girlguiding policies and procedures are reviewed and updated from time to time as part of a review cycle.