Girlguiding Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC005548

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.


Current opportunities

Girlguiding Fife is pleased to be developing a new and completely virtual group for girls aged 10-14 and 14-18 in North East Fife! We hope that by removing the barrier of transportation / distance between physical units, we can increase access to guiding for girls and young women in our rural and smaller communities. This unit will be supported by CashBack for Communities, which can help fund leader training, programme resources, uniform and more. We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping to run this new unit. You will be supported by a local team of volunteers and Girlguiding training.

Girlguiding Berwickshire & Roxburghshire is pleased to be developing a new and completely virtual groups for girls aged 5-18. We hope that by creating virtual Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Ranger groups, we'll remove the barrier of transportation / distance and increase access to guiding for girls and young women in our rural and smaller communities. We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in supporting these new virtual units on a regular or occasional basis. You will be supported by a local team of volunteers and provided with all the training and support needed to become a Girlguiding volunteer. What is the purpose of this role? To help give girls opportunities for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure! Occasional Helpers usually work with other volunteers to assist in delivering a high-quality programme to the girls and young women in the unit, while ensuring the safety of the unit members. Helpers assist in running units (groups) of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers on a regular or ad-hoc basis. You will be supported by at least one Unit Leader, Assistant Leaders, Young Leaders and other Unit Helpers and Occasional Helpers. What will I do as a unit helper? The responsibilities below will be shared among the Unit Leadership Team. As a helper you will work with others in the team 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 support to members of the unit and the Unit Leadership Team. - Take an active role in creating and delivering 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. - Develop and maintain clear communications with the Unit Leader and other members of the Leadership Team. - Maintain clear communication with parents and carers. - Be willing to participate in any relevant ‘on-the-job’ training for the role. - Comply with current Girlguiding policies and regulations. Helpers are key in supporting girls and young women to experience how great Girlguiding can be. While we can offer you support in your role we would expect you to possess the personal qualities outlined below. - An open and approachable manner. - Reliable and trustworthy. - Creative and enthusiastic. - Committed to ongoing personal development. - Fun-loving. - A sense of humour. - Enjoys working with young people. Girlguiding welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities. We are flexible, and volunteering can be arranged to fit around a busy lifestyle.

Girlguiding Berwickshire and Roxburghshire is looking for a volunteer minute secretary. The person in this role will provide essential support to the volunteer team responsible for overseeing guiding within our Berwickshire and Roxburghshire guiding counties. The minute secretary will be responsible for issuing meeting agendas and papers and will also attend and take minutes of online committee meetings to ensure an accurate record is maintained. You'll also attend smaller sub-team meetings online, taking notes to ensure that everyone involved has a clear understanding of decisions made and any actions agreed. You'll be asked to type up your notes within an agreed timescale. We're looking for someone reliable with good attention to detail. You don't need any prior experience or knowledge of Girlguiding for this role but you should be willing to find out more about Girlguiding and support our values. Experience of taking notes and minutes would be beneficial. You'll need access to a home computer with internet connection for the purposes of sending out meeting papers, joining online meetings and typing up and sharing any minutes/ notes you've taken. Meetings typically take place on weekday evenings or at weekends. If you apply for this role, we'll discuss your availability with you and how much time you're able to commit.

Guides have an exciting and varied programme designed to inspire and challenge girls from 10-14. What girls do in Guides is up to them, from taking part in lots of exciting activities at regular meetings to special events and trips away. They will choose from different badges and awards which will help them learn new skills and try new challenges. They can do some of this by themselves and some of this is done in groups in regular unit meetings. As a Guide Leader you have the opportunity to provide fun and challenging opportunities for girls aged ten to fourteen. The Guide programme is based on the premise that girls of this age, supported by a caring adult and given adequate resources, are capable of planning and carrying out most of their own activities. 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 Guide 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 Guide 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).