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

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).

The role will help give girls opportunities for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure! Girlguiding's unit 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. Unit helpers assist the unit leadership team in running units (groups) of Rainbows (age 5-7), Brownies ) age 7-10), Guides (age 10-14), and Rangers (age 14-18). You will be part of a Leadership Team that includes at least one unit leader, assistant leaders and possibly also young leaders and other unit helpers. 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. Our units are currently meeting online and/ or outdoors. This autumn we anticipate that 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)

Brownies is for all girls aged seven to ten. Girls in Brownies have incredible experiences together, make brilliant friends and discover the world around them. Every time they meet up, groups of Brownies learn new skills and take on challenges as they work out what they want to be and do in the future. Brownies is about getting together regularly - often each week - to work on badges, learn new skills, play games and see friends. It's about trying adventurous activities and going along to special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays. Every Brownie unit is run by a team of volunteers including unit leaders, assistant leaders and unit helpers. As a unit leader, assistant , assistant or helper, you'll run exciting activities, games, projects and events that give girls the chance to discover their potential, learn about the world around them and help them earn badges and awards. 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 Brownie 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 Brownie 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 your 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).

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).