Volunteer and make a difference
Come and join us at the Centre! Work with young people, gain voluntary experience and develop skills from first aid to fundraising.
What volunteering is all about
Volunteering with us isn’t just about campfires and helping girls to get their next badge – although those are special moments that we all share. It’s about empowering girls and giving them new experiences. It’s being a role model and helping girls to realise their full potential. It’s sharing and developing your own skills.
Do something for you and your community
- Meet new friends living near you.
- Take a refreshing break from your everyday routine.
- Share a skill or specialism.
- Make a difference to the lives of girls in your community.
- Spend time laughing, playing and being inspired by incredible girls and young women.
Build skills for life
Working with young people and other volunteers helps develop valuable, transferable skills like event planning, time management, leadership skills and budgeting.
You choose the volunteer role that matches your skills and time. Then we’ll help you build skills with training opportunities suited to your role that make your CV stand out. Take our Leadership Qualification, become a trained first aider or get qualified for outdoor activities such as climbing and kayaking.
Our volunteers are passionate
Guiding wouldn’t be able to happen without our 100,000 incredible volunteers. They’re not paid for what they do – they give their time because they are passionate and care about enriching the lives of girls. They make a difference in their local communities so that girls like your daughter can try new things, have fun and speak out on issues that matter to them.
Volunteers give their time in many different ways – they consult with girls to plan and run weekly meetings, arrange special trips and events, manage budgets, source equipment, carry out group administration and attend regular local meetings and training events. They do all of this voluntarily – to give girls in guiding fantastic opportunities and experiences.
Our volunteers are experts
Whether they’ve been involved in guiding for years, or they’re new to volunteering, our leaders undertake regular training in everything from first aid and child safety, to running activities and planning trips away.
Each unit is required to have a leader who is a qualified first aider. In addition, our leaders work closely to Girlguiding’s safeguarding policy – A Safe Space – to ensure they offer a secure environment in which girls can grow and develop. We take the safety of our young members very seriously, so that you can trust that your daughter is getting the very best out of guiding.
“ I had an amazing Guide leader who just kept encouraging me every step of the way to get involved in things. She inspired me to become a leader too. I now encourage others”. – Geri, The Senior Section
Our volunteers do amazing things – some of which might surprise you. 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.
Be an inspiration for girls
Your professional and personal experience, a specific skill or simply your enthusiasm – you have so much to share with girls and young women in guiding. Whether you’ve been involved in guiding before or you are completely new to us, you’ll feel proud to watch girls grow through guiding.