Why should young people volunteer?
Find out how volunteering with Girlguiding can help young people
By volunteering with Girlguiding, you’ll be empowering girls, and get loads from it yourself too.
If you’re between 10 and 25 and want to know more about our volunteer opportunities just for young people, you're in the right place!
Game player, team player, glitter cleaner, smile creator, being a young volunteer in guiding is all of these things and more! - Young volunteer
Be an inspiration for girls
You’ll show members from as young as four know that they can do anything! Could you help out at your local Rainbow unit as Rainbow helper, volunteer with Brownies as part of your Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE), inspire Guides as a young leader or empower Rangers as a peer educator?
Support your local community
Learn more about the area you live in and help young people where you live. Not only do people who help their community say they feel happier and more confident, but you’ll also get the chance to explore new places and make where you live a better place.
Meeting new people
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people with similar values. You'll learn how to work together and maybe even make some new friends along the way.
Get skills for your CV and UCAS application
Volunteering can be really useful for your CV or UCAS application for university. You’ll get to learn new skills and get experience in everything from doing risk assessments and building campfires to time management and creating crafts. These skills can help you do anything from getting your first part time job to getting an offer from your favourite university.
Boost your mental wellbeing
Volunteering can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Do something meaningful and helping girls and young and making a difference in the world will lift your spirits. Learn more about the 5 ways of wellbeing.
Help you get your DofE
As part of your DofE volunteering, you can take on loads of different roles in Girlguiding. Also, if you’re a member, DofE fits in closely with many of the other awards and qualifications available to you through guiding, especially the Queen’s Guide award.
Most importantly, having a good time! If you volunteer at a unit, you get to spend an hour or two a week getting messy, laughing and empowering girls. What’s better than that?
Roles for young people:
Rainbow or Brownie helper
Guides can have fun supporting younger girls by becoming a Rainbow or Brownie helper. You could help younger girls organise their Promise or Pot of Gold parties, lead games or be around to tell them how exciting Guides is.
If you're thinking about becoming a Rainbow or Brownie helper, talk to your leader. She can give you more information and help find a nearby unit you can support.
Anyone aged 14 to 17 can become a young leader and help out at Rainbows, Brownies or Guides. You’ll also get to do your Young leader qualification and develop skills in leadership, communication and team working – all of which make impressive additions to any CV.
Peer educators are 14-to-25-year-olds who help Brownies, Guides and Rangers explore big topics, from mental wellbeing to safety. As young people, you’ll use their own experience to bring the subject to life. And you’ll get training and support to learn the skills you'll need to do this.
Volunteer for us
Want to get involved? Register your interest with us and join our fantastic network of volunteers.