Host Organisation: Cheshire Border Guides

Girlguiding Congleton is keen to attract new adult volunteers to help with Brownie, Guide and Rainbow units in the town. A warm welcome and great opportunities await you.

Opportunity Interests: Children and Young People, Community Events, Voluntary and Community Sector Support, Women
Type of Activity: Administration, Coaching / Mentoring, Training / Teaching, Youth Work
Location: Congleton
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday EVE, Tuesday PM, Tuesday EVE, Thursday PM, Thursday EVE

Be an inspiring role model to girls and young women – and have a lot of fun in the process.
At the heart of guiding are the unit meetings that girls go along to each week. Volunteering at unit meetings can mean getting messy, meeting new people and running activities that help girls discover their potential. You can volunteer directly with young people and can choose to work with girls in Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers.
- Unit leaders provide coordination to a team of volunteers, together planning and delivering a programme of awesome activities. You'll have training on everything from planning your programme to child safety.
- Assistant leaders have plenty of fun while giving essential support to your unit leader. You'll help to plan and deliver meetings, events and activities and you'll be supported to complete our Leadership qualification.
- Unit Helpers Lots of new volunteers start out as a helper at a weekly unit meeting. You’ll work alongside other volunteers to give girls fun, friendship, challenge and adventure. There's no responsibility for planning in this role, although you're welcome to get involved but you'll be the vital extra pair of hands needed to make unit meetings happen.
"I love that guiding gives young people a space to be themselves and discover new things. The biggest thing it has done for me is increased my confidence."

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

Willing to support girls on a regular basis and see them grow
Willing to get stuck into adventurous (and sometimes messy!) activities
Keen to have a rewarding role where you'll develop great relationships with girls and other volunteers
Enthusiasm and imagination

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Training eg first aid / first response and safeguarding - these are all provided by Girlguiding
Out of pocket travel expenses to trainings
One uniform polo shirt is provided for new volunteers

What support is available for the volunteer?:

Informal meeting with the new volunteer to give them a warm welcome to Girlguiding.
Support a new volunteer to learn about Girlguiding as an organisation as well as locally.
Signpost a new volunteer to relevant local training opportunities and help them to register for these.
A buddy or mentor to offer regular contact and support through a variety of channels, eg face to face, phone, email,
Signposting to useful information eg national and local websites www.girlguidingcheshireborder.org.uk
Girlguiding values are caring, challenging, empowering, inspiring and inclusive
Motivation, support and encouragement for volunteers to try different activities and roles within Girlguiding eg encouraging a volunteer to complete the leadership qualification or to visit another unit
Training on programme, planning, budgeting, first aid, safeguarding and other relevant topics

What training is available for the volunteer?:

A regular training programme is available, organised by the local area on topics which are programme relevant to the age group eg planning, events, budgeting, first aid, safeguarding and other relevant topics
A new volunteer will be supported by a mentor who has relevant experience