Girlguides seek volunteers to help inspire next generation

DO you want to help deliver exciting experiences and empower the next generation of young girls so they reach their full potential?

Then volunteering for the Saddleworth District Girlguides units could be just the thing for you.

The Girlguides are looking for volunteers to join their ranks and help keep their numerous Rainbow, Brownies and Guides groups thriving across the area.

Various roles are available, from unit helper to leader, with different time commitments.

Find out more about what they do and how you can get involved by visiting their stand at the Saddleworth Show at Well-i-Hole Farm on Sunday, June 30. There will be leaders from a few Saddleworth units who will be happy to chat.

Sue Rooke, the Saddleworth District Girlguiding Commissioner, said: “Our volunteers do amazing things – some of which may surprise you.

“Guiders in Saddleworth have this year been white water rafting, training guiding leaders overseas and singing along with pop stars and 10,000 girls at Wembley Arena.

“Volunteering with us isn’t just about campfires and helping guides to get their next badge, although these are special moments that we all share.

“It’s also about empowering girls and giving them new experiences. It’s being a role model and helping girls to reach their full potential. It’s sharing and developing your skills.”

Caroline Tamworth, Leader at 42nd Oldham (Kiln Green, Diggle) Brownies, added: “I became a Brownie Leader four years ago after a friend asked me to help and I absolutely love it.

“Seeing the girls gain from the activities we offer is so rewarding. Sometimes it’s seeing the small achievements that matter the most and make you realise what a difference giving our time to them makes.

“I’ve made so many friends through being a volunteer and tried new things myself that I never would have if I hadn’t been involved in Girlguiding. Recently we had an overnight sleepover in the Blackpool Sealife Centre!

“I have no teaching experience and had never worked with children before. I wasn’t even a Brownie myself as a child! Everyone has something to offer as a volunteer.

“We really need some more volunteers to help keep our units thriving so we can continue to offer the girls an opportunity to grow in confidence, learn new skills and have fun in a safe environment.”

Prospective volunteers can find out more and register their interest on the Girlguiding website and then someone will contact them to discuss.

All volunteers will be DBS checked as part of the joining process. Training is also available for first aid and safe guarding where required.

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