‘I help bring guiding to all girls’

Girlguiding Scotland volunteer Kara shares why she felt so inspired by the organisation’s dedication to empowering girls and young women that she applied to join the staff team. Now she’s their new Development Worker her days are spent helping bring guiding to more girls in areas of deprivation. Get ready to feel inspired and check out her story!

As a Rainbow and Brownie leader I know first-hand the impact that Girlguiding has on the girls in my local community. I’m proud to be part of an organisation that helps them grow up to become strong and confident young women. So when the development worker job at Girlguiding Scotland came up I knew right away that I wanted to apply.

Funded by the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities programme, the role meant I’d be helping to bring guiding to more girls in areas of deprivation. This really appealed to the volunteer in me so I was very happy when I found out I’d got the job.

Now I work closely with volunteers to establish new Girlguiding units, expand existing Guide and Ranger units and identify opportunities to recruit new volunteers. As a Girlguiding leader already I’ve been able to apply my own personal experience to these tasks which has really helped tap into what current and potential volunteers want to know.

One of my favourite things about my job is spending time with the volunteers themselves at the units we’re working with. They’ve welcomed me with open arms. We all share the same goal – empowering girls and giving them the chance to realise their potential – so, aside from all being volunteers, we already have so much in common.

Their dedication to bringing guiding to more young members, girls who may not have been given the opportunity to join otherwise, is truly inspiring. They’re always up for trying new things and never give up when faced with challenges that can happen when running a new unit.

I’m proud to say that so far I’ve supported the opening of a brand new Ranger unit (with two more coming soon)! I’ve also helped several existing units access funds to help them grow and expand their programme. As the summer approaches, I’ll be busy working hard to put together a week of holiday taster sessions so even more girls have the opportunity to join in the fun and adventure of guiding.

Working for Girlguiding Scotland has also enhanced my own volunteer experience as I now have a much better understanding of the support and resources available. It’s really rewarding knowing my own unit is benefitting from my job and that I’m helping make a difference to the lives of girls and young women in areas of need at the same time.

Feeling inspired?

If you’re feeling inspired this Volunteers’ Week to give your time to help inspire girls in your local area then why not sign up to become a Girlguiding volunteer today?