I gained confidence from being a Trainer
As a Trainer, Fliss from Girlguiding Midlands helps volunteers learn new skills that will benefit the girls they work with
From all of the training I've done throughout my time in Girlguiding, I've gained so much confidence and the ability to work with large groups of people - I never thought I'd train a room of 100 people!
I've always been in guiding, since my mum took me to Rainbows just after I turned five. I think I stayed because there is always a new opportunity or challenge for me to have a go at!
I'd had some training experiences - with peer education and mentoring people doing their Leadership Qualification- and I found I really enjoyed working with adults to help them learn and develop, so becoming a Trainer seemed like a logical next step.
Midlands were incredibly supportive every step of the way, and my Tutor really pushed me to develop my skills.
No two trainings are exactly the same, which is what I enjoy so much. For a training, I will talk to the organiser about exactly what she wants. Then I start to build a training plan and think about timings, what I need and most importantly, how the learners in my session are going to meet the aims and objectives. There are normally some emails with the organiser about times, venue, a budget etc and this all helps me create the best possible experience.
What it's like being a Trainer
I recently trained at Girlguiding Shropshire's County Weekend, which included sessions on the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS )and international guiding, Being our best including adventure in the programme, and forensic science. I like that there's no requirement to do specific sessions and that you can do a whole variety of things or specialise in one topic.
I love watching people find out new things, either for themselves or to take back to their unit. It's great to see people I've trained coming back and saying how well activities have worked in their unit, or that they've signed up for a new opportunity.
I also love the opportunities that I've had access to from being a Trainer - getting involved in WAGGGS has been really interesting and has made me think about how lucky we are to have such a huge and supportive organisation here in the UK.
What I get out of being a Trainer
From all of the training I've done throughout my time in Girlguiding, I've gained so much confidence and the ability to work with large groups of people - I never thought that I'd train a room of 100 people! I've expanded my own knowledge of Girlguiding and taken away loads of ideas for the girls and young women in my units.
I've also been able to share things I feel really passionately about with other Leaders and promoted some of the fantastic things that we offer girls and young women.
I've been inspired by other Trainers, particularly my Tutor, and other volunteers I've worked with, to continue developing my skills and pushing myself to be the very best that I can be. My Tutor has never stopped challenging me and she's been a brilliant role model throughout the whole time I've known her.
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