There is no official retirement age at Girlguiding - find out what that means for your team

There is no official retirement age at Girlguiding - find out what that means for your team

There is no age when volunteers, including leaders, must retire from Girlguiding.

Members over 75

Girlguiding's personal accident insurance policy used to change at 75. However, the policy has been updated so that all members receive the same benefits from the policy no matter what their age. The insurance disclaimer process will no longer happen. Commissioners are encouraged to regularly speak to members about how they are coping in their roles.

Why we value our older volunteers

Older volunteers bring many benefits to the organisation by:

  • making sure that more girls who want to join Girlguiding can
  • bringing lots of skills and experience
  • mentoring and supporting the next generation of volunteers
  • ensuring the continuity and sustainability of Girlguiding.

Information for leaders aged 65 and over

If you're a leader who is reaching 65 and you're keen to step back from your role then you shouldn't feel any pressure to keep it up.

Girls get the best experience when the volunteers in their unit are happy to be there. If you no longer want to be a leader, for whatever reason, then speak to your local Commissioner. You can work together on a succession plan to find and support a new leader for the unit, to develop existing unit volunteers or to identify places in another unit for all the girls.

Managing volunteers aged 65 and older

In January 2016 we removed our retirement policy. We no longer ask anyone to give up their role or stop taking qualifications because of their age. This change means volunteers over 65 who have previously left guiding may wish to return and continue their volunteer journey. Use this guidance to support their development - and the development of volunteers at any age.

Returning to the Leader role

  • If a volunteer is an assistant leader, and she was a leader within the last three years and in the same section, they don’t need to do any further training.
  • If a volunteer is an assistant leader, but was previously a leader over three years ago, she will need to review Module 4 of the Leadership Qualification (LQ) with a mentor.
  • If a volunteer is taking up a role with a section they haven’t led before then they will need to do Module 1 for the relevant section.
  • If a volunteer has been away from guiding for three years or more they will need to review all modules of the LQ with a mentor and undertake any further training as identified.

Becoming a leader for the first time

  • If a volunteer is over 65 and they haven’t been a leader but would now like to take on that role they can work towards and complete the LQ.
  • If a volunteer has never been a Leader they will need to complete Modules 1 to 4 of the LQ to become a unit leader. Alternatively, if they have previously completed Modules 1 to 3 of the LQ they will need to complete only Module 4 to take on a leadership role.

Volunteering on residentials

Volunteers of all ages can:

  • complete the Going Away With Scheme and any additional modules
  • become an event coordinator for a Girlguiding residential event.

There is no age restriction for adults who count in ratios at residentials. As for any event, the local Commissioner will need to ensure that the appropriate leadership team is in place for the type of event and the age of the girls.

Information for Commissioners

If you have concerns about the behaviour of an older adult volunteer you should follow the processes for managing poor conduct, as you would for a volunteer of any age.

We have created guidance notes for County Commissioners that you should have received directly. These notes are also available in the Commissioners' area of Go!.