Roles working with girls

Find your ideal role if you want to work with girls and young women

Choose from these hands-on volunteering roles that make guiding happen

These roles working directly with our young members are ideal for someone who is just starting their guiding journey. Take a look at the role descriptions to see which role suits your interests and skills. Then register your interest in volunteering to find out more about guiding near you and to get the ball rolling. 

Unit leader

Get creative, have fun and be an inspiring role model to girls and young women. As unit leader, you'll be responsible for running the unit, leading a team, and planning and delivering a high-quality programme of activities and events.

This is a key role that works directly towards the aims of Girlguiding. If you've got what it takes to be a unit leader, we want you!

Unit leader role description

Assistant leader

Give essential support to the unit leader in running the unit, and have plenty of fun as assistant leader. You'll share responsibility for delivering an engaging programme to your girls by helping to plan and deliver meetings, events and activities.

Make the most of this great opportunity to work directly with young people, get to know other volunteers and contribute to the smooth running of a local unit.

Assistant leader role description

Unit helper

If you're enthusiastic about great guiding, then you'll make a perfect unit helper. You'll provide valuable support to the unit leadership team. There's no responsibility for planning or carrying out the programme in this role but you'll be key in providing the extra help needed to make unit meetings and events happen. Plus, you'll get to know the girls and other volunteers, and be part of the Girlguiding community.

Unit helper role description

One to one unit helper

As a one to one unit helper, you'll support a young member with additional needs to access Girlguiding safely and enjoyably. You don't need to be a current member to take this role - we're looking for adult volunteers, ideally with experience of working with or supporting young people with additional needs. The role will be tailored to the young member’s needs, so what you'll do will depend on who you are working with.

Units will be recruiting volunteers to this role as and when needed, to support a specific young member.

One to one unit helper role description

If you're a leader looking to find a one to one unit helper for your unit, check out these guidance notes. These will help you tailor the role description to your young member’s needs.

Unit occasional helper

As an occasional helper, you'll help out at a unit from time to time or on a temporary basis. This is a great opportunity for flexible involvement, sharing the responsibility of providing extra help with other volunteers or parents. Give your time to make girls and young women in your unit smile.

Unit occasional helper role description

Residential occasional helper

A residential occasional helper volunteers at Girlguiding residential activities that need some extra adult supervision. You'll help make an exciting trip for the girls even more special by giving much needed practical support and making sure everyone has fun and enjoys the residential experience. Plus you'll go to some new and interesting places!

Residential occasional helper role description

Peer education coordinator

As peer education coordinator, you'll promote and support our programme of interactive training delivered by our young members to their peers. This is a chance to use your excellent communication and organisational skills to provide practical support to our amazing network of peer educators in their training and as they deliver sessions. This is a chance to be part of something special!

Peer education coordinator role description

Supporting leader

A supporting leader is able to remain involved with Girlguiding as a qualified leader, without being attached to a specific unit. This is a brilliant opportunity for flexible volunteering as a way to support girls and leaders in your area, helping out when needed.

Supporting leader role description

Register to volunteer

To learn more about our volunteer roles and opportunities available to you locally, register your interest in volunteering. 

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