Members of Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units across Nottinghamshire are calling for more volunteers to step forward so they can continue to make the most of an exciting new programme of activities and events in Guiding.
Enquiries from parents, carers and other interested adults are encouraged and Girlguiding Nottinghamshire is also keen to hear from former members of Guides or Rangers for whom volunteering experience may be useful to enhance university or job applications.
Mentoring and training is provided where necessary and ‘flexible guiding’ enables adults to tailor their role in Guiding around other commitments: examples include running meetings on a rota system, sharing tasks with a pool of volunteers or providing ad hoc help with sports coaching, skills-sharing or unit admin.
‘It’s a great time for new volunteers to join us’ says Jo Brown, Commissioner for Notts Fosse Division, who is spearheading a recruitment drive focussed on villages to the south of the county. ‘The girls are simply brimming with enthusiasm for Girlguiding’s new programme. This has just been introduced across all age groups and not only gives members new challenges and a structure within which to develop their potential, but also aids leaders and helpers – especially those new to Girlguiding – by providing the essential information needed to plan unit meetings.’
Recent adventures have included the MegaMoot camp and Ginormous Choir – both large-scale events involving members from across Notts. Younger girls have also enjoyed Brownie camps, a holiday at PGL and a sleepover at Twycross Zoo, whilst Guides and Rangers have experienced narrow-boating and other outdoor challenges as well as building their skills via exciting new badges.
‘Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units are a really important part of the community,’ adds Jo. ‘It’s where girls grow up and make friends for life, and it would be such a shame if we can’t provide places for all those who want to join simply because we haven’t enough volunteers to run them.’