I felt welcome when I came back to guiding

A Girlguiding volunteer tells us how she was welcomed back into guiding by other supportive members

All in all, I've been met with a really positive re-introduction to guiding and I don’t regret coming back for one second!

I was contacted directly by the Division Commissioner and was instantly put at ease. We met for a coffee in a mutually convenient area and chatted about my previous experience within the organisation and also about the Division itself. It was great to meet her as it put things into perspective for me.

Understanding changes at Girlguiding

I'd never participated in guiding in a city before, having come from a provincial town, and it was so interesting to talk about some of the similarities and differences. Also, as I had not been involved with guiding for so long, we discussed some of the changes within the organisation that had taken place in my absence. The meeting stirred up genuine excitement and I knew that I really wanted to be a part of guiding again.

It was a great challenge

I originally wanted to help at Brownies but it was Guides that really needed the extra volunteer. I visited both units and in the end settled on Guides. The first meeting was really fun but after a couple of months I found establishing authority and friendship with the girls was hard. I talked a lot to the other Leaders at the unit and they always had time for me, gave me feedback and answered any niggles that I had, and my confidence really started to soar. It was a great challenge for me and I’m really pleased I did it!

All in all, I've been met with a really positive re-introduction to guiding and I don’t regret coming back for one second!

Welcoming your volunteers

A friendly and informative welcome is key to getting the best out of your volunteers. We've got lots of ideas for giving a warm welcome.