Leading the way

Ways for women aged 18 to 30 to build leadership skills, with volunteering, training and qualifications

Take the lead

Becoming a unit leader – or volunteering as part of a unit team – is an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s a great way to build your leadership skills while inspiring the next generation of girls, giving them amazing experiences and confidence. 

You could also choose to apply your skills to working with adults or as a commissioner supporting other volunteers. All of the opportunities on the leadership pathway will help other members get the most out of guiding and open up new experiences for you along the way.

When I was a Unit Leader in my university town, it was a fantastic way to make myself get involved in a new community and even led to getting my first time job as one of the parent helpers took me under her wing! - Fran, leader

What you can do 

Gain the Girlguiding Leadership Qualification (LQ)

Age: 18+

Volunteering as a leader is one of our most rewarding roles in guiding - you work directly with girls and support them to become confident young women. The Leadership Qualification gives you the tools to lead your own unit and give girls a great experience.

Find out about the Leadership Qualification

I've had so many amazing opportunities through Girlguiding but most of all I love working with the girls. Every girl is so inspiring – girls are the reason we do all this! Cassie, leader

Other roles working with girls

Age: 18+

There's plenty of other ways you can work with girls outside of being a leader. You could give support as a regular or occasional volunteer, help on residential trips, lend a hand at unit meetings, or co-ordinate peer education.

Find out about other ways to volunteer with girls

Develop your leadership skills by supporting our volunteers

Age: 18+

Use your skills and expertise to improve the guiding experience for all our members -could you be an outdoor activities adviser, communications coordinator or a commissioner?

Find out about roles supporting volunteers

Tell us what you think

This is part of our new offer by young women, for young women and we need your feedback and suggestions. We’ll continue to expand the opportunities over time, so get in touch to tell us what you’d like to see added here.