Girlguiding volunteers needed to inspire next generation of girls and young women

14th March

Have you ever been a member of Girlguiding and dropped out due to further education or to raise a family or even just wanted a change in life or have you never been involved before?

Are you looking for a new challenge or would like to try something different? There may be just the opportunity just for you!

Now that Girlguiding is back to face to face meetings after the restrictions of the past two years,

The organisation is now looking for volunteers in the Heathfield area to inspire and empower the next generation of girls and young women across East Sussex. There are varied roles for everyone. If you are unable to commit to a weekly meeting there are various admin and ‘backroom’ roles as well. There are even some roles suitable for men.

Anyone can get involved in Girlguiding, whether or not they’ve previously been a member and, with a variety of voluntary roles to choose from, people can give the time that suits them.

There are currently just 1,000 girls across East Sussex who are missing out on opportunities for adventure and trying out new activities with their friends because there aren’t enough volunteers to run Girlguiding units.

As the leading charity for girls and young women, Girlguiding offers girls a space to build their confidence, have adventures, develop their skills and have fun. A few years ago Girlguiding unveiled a revamped programme of activities and badges, bringing everything up to date to create a unique and extensive choice of activities which reflects the diversity of girls and modern life in the 21st century. New badges include Entrepreneur, Inventing, Navigator, Craftivism and Self-care.

Groups across East Sussex have recently been trying out some of the new science themed activities and learning how to kayak/stand up paddle boarding and sailing.

There is also an international camp locally every four years called ‘Olave’ which regularly attracts over 500 members coming together for a week of action-packed activities and the camping experience

The volunteers do amazing things – some of which might surprise you. You can take part in International adventures, the D.of E. award scheme, you could find yourself white water rafting, training guiding leaders overseas, celebrating LGBT+ inclusion in a local Pride parade or singing along with 10,000 girls at Wembley Arena at the Big Gig a girl-only concert featuring many of today’s top chart acts

Janice Harmer, Girlguiding Sussex East Brownie Adviser, said: “We want to give more girls and young women the chance to join Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers, but for this to happen we need more people to volunteer. The most important thing is just to be yourself. No matter what skills, interests or experience you have we can find a role for you, and you can give whatever time you’re able to. All you need is enthusiasm and a willingness to laugh and have fun.”

Girlguiding  has developed and moved into the 21st Century with new initiatives such as #Future Girl incorporating Planet protectors and the first campaign was #plasticpromise working together to tackle plastic pollution.

Amanda Medler, Girlguiding Chief Guide, added: “The campaign really captures the spirit of fun and friendship at the heart of Girlguiding. Every week our volunteers give their time to run activities for girls and young women across the UK and I know from being a leader at a Guide group what a rewarding and laughter-filled experience it is. We now have our new programme of activities and badges so it’s an exciting time to join Girlguiding for anyone who wants to play a role in inspiring the next generation of girls and young women.”

100,000 volunteers across the country currently give their time to enable 250,000 girls and young women to enjoy all that Girlguiding has to offer.

For more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, and to see what we do visit www.girlguiding.org.uk. Or contact us through our Social media channels

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Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over half a million members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows ((4–7 years)in some areas)), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and Rangers (14–18 years). Registered Charity No 306016. www.girlguiding.org.uk