I'm a Leader in Training and I'm still at school

Katie, Leader in Training, 1st Loughton Guides, balances her Leadership Qualification with her studies at school

I’ve always wanted to be a Leader and give girls the amazing opportunities I’ve had.

Katie is learning practical skills to be a Unit Leader while finishing her last year of school

‘I’m in my last year at school, and always wanted to do the Leadership Qualification.

It’s helped me develop the tools I’ll need to run a unit.

'I’ve enjoyed learning practical skills, like first aid, while the Safe Space training taught me how to spot potential safeguarding issues when working with younger members.

‘Girlguiding is a big part of my life. I started Rainbows when I was five and kept going – I love it! It offers you the chance to make new friends, whether it’s in your unit or across the world. Plus, it’s a place where you can be the best version of yourself.

I’ve always wanted to be a Leader. 

When I was in Guides, my Unit Leader inspired me to give girls the amazing opportunities I’ve had. I’m off to uni at the end of this year, and I want to find a unit there to help out at.

If you have other commitments, like studies, it’s key to communicate how much time you can give.

'If you plan ahead, you’ll be able to balance your other priorities with volunteering.

‘When I’m a Leader, I want to make sure each girl in my unit feels included. Not everyone will enjoy every activity, but I’d like to ensure there’s something for all. It’s also important to me that every girl feels her unit is a safe space, where she can be accepted and have fun while learning.’

Katie's story and photos of her visit to our Foxlease Activity Centre appear in the leadership issue of guiding magazine.

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