Youth Group Leader (Rainbows)

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Rainbows is for all girls aged five to seven. Rainbows learn by doing – they get their hands dirty, do sports, arts and crafts and play games. Being a Rainbow is all about having the space to try new things.

Rainbows learn and grow through a programme of age-appropriate activities, trips and adventures - both in their regular meetings and at special events.

They can work towards interest badges, where they can learn about everything from recycling to storytelling, and start their skills builder journey, developing core skills and trying new things like camping, leadership and first aid.

Rainbows are supported by a group of highly trained, inspirational leaders to explore, challenge themselves and have fun.

What's the purpose of this role?
To give girls opportunities for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure! The unit leader is ultimately responsible for the Rainbow unit she works with – although of course she doesn’t have to do everything herself! Our Unit Leaders usually work with other volunteers to deliver a high-quality programme to the girls and young women in the unit, ensure the safety of the unit members and oversee the administration of the unit.

All units have at least one unit leader, who is generally supported by a Leadership Team that can include other unit leaders, assistant leaders, young leaders and unit helpers. Units are grouped together into local areas called districts or divisions, and all leaders in the area are supported by a volunteer manager called a district or division commissioner.

Unit leaders take part in learning and development opportunities both ‘on the job’ and through formal and informal training sessions.

What will I do in the role?
The responsibilities below will be shared among the Unit Leadership Team. As a unit leader you may delegate duties to other leaders and volunteers, working together to make the most of the skills and time you are able to give.

  • Provide a safe girl-only space where girls and young women can discover their full potential.
  • Provide ongoing leadership and support to the Unit Leadership Team and members of the unit.
  • With the Unit Team, create and deliver an accessible and inclusive programme based on the Girlguiding programme for your section.
  • Encourage and support the members of the unit in making decisions within the unit and the wider Girlguiding community.
  • Keep up to date with new resources and programme initiatives, and use them as appropriate.
  • Complete relevant training for the role and encourage other members of the team to develop their skills.
  • Ensure unit administration and financial tasks are completed.
  • Ensure all unit volunteers comply with current Girlguiding policies and regulations.
  • Ensure all activity instructors/visitors to the unit meet the requirements laid out in The Guiding Manual.
  • Maintain clear communication with parents and carers and gain all necessary permissions for activities.
  • Provide an initial response to any concerns or complaints from girls and young women or their parents/carers, following Girlguiding’s Safeguarding Policy.

Our Rainbow units are currently meeting online and/ or outdoors. This autumn we anticipate that some units will also return to indoor guiding but the situation will differ from area to area, following Scottish Government advice and regulations. When you register interest, we'll chat to you about whether you are interested in supporting units face to face (indoors or outdoors) or remotely (whether as part of online guiding or by supporting other ways of staying in touch remotely).

Organisation aims and objectives

Girlguiding Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women. Every year we empower 50,000 girls to be their best and face the challenges of growing up today. We’ve been doing this through adventure, friendship and fun for over 100 years. We inspire girls. We give them space to grow, and strive to ensure that each one of them can get involved – no matter what their background or ability. We have more than 12,000 amazing volunteers who, along with our fantastic supporters, make that happen. We’re dedicated to creating a better world for girls and young women. What we do makes a positive difference to the lives of all girls and young women across Scotland – not just our members.










Frequency and commitment details

Unit meetings typically happen every week or fortnight. If this feels like too much of a commitment, you might want to consider becoming an assistant or unit helper.


Unit Leaders are women aged 18 or over. They need to be, or must be willing to become, a member of Girlguiding. As this role works directly with young people, you will be required to join the PVG scheme.
Experience required: You don't need to have been involved in guiding before or have loads of spare time to make a big difference. Being a Leader is one of the key roles that support girls and young women to experience how great Girlguiding can be. While we can offer you training and support we would expect you to possess these personal qualities: open and approachable manner; reliable and trustworthy; creative and enthusiastic; fun-loving; a sense of humour; enjoys working with young people.
Travel details: We have units in each local authority. If you choose to register as a volunteer using our online form we'll help you to find a unit that meets in your local area.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: After registering your interest through our online form, you'll be invited to meet with a local volunteer or attend a welcome meeting. You'll have the opportunity to discuss your expectations and find out more about us. You can also visit different units to see our volunteers in action before making any further commitment.
Training details: All our volunteers receive training relevant to their roles. If you decide to become a leader, you will work towards your Girlguiding Leadership Qualification. It has four modules that cover: your role in the unit (specific to the section you will be working with: Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or The Senior Section); your role in Girlguiding; safety and unit administration; and managing the unit. While working towards the qualification you will hold the role of leader in training, and will be supported in your training by a mentor, your local volunteer area lead (called a commissioner) and other leaders in your local area.

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Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.