ASSISTANT LEADER/LEADER IN TRAINING
Volunteer Role Description
Who can do this role?
Assistant Leaders are women aged 18 or over. They need to be, or must be willing to become,
a member of Girlguiding.
Do I need a qualification?
If you decide to become an Assistant
leader, you will work towards your Girlguiding Leadership
Qualification. An Assistant leader needs to complete three modules that cover: your role in the unit
(specific to the section you will be working with: Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers); your role in
Girlguiding; and safety and unit administration. While working towards the qualification you will hold
the role of Leader in Training, and will be supported in your training by a Mentor,
your local commissioner and other leaders in your local area.
What is the purpose of this role?
To give girls opportunities for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure! Assistant 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.
Assistant Leaders work as part of a Unit Leadership Team that includes at least one Unit leader, and
may include other 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.
Assistant 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?
Running the unit
The responsibilities below will be shared among the Unit Leadership Team. As an Assistant leader you
will work with others in the team to make the most of the skills and time you are able to give.
zz Provide a safe girl-only space where girls and young women can discover their full potential and
encourage them to be a powerful force for good.
zz Provide ongoing leadership and support to members of the unit.
zz Take an active role in creating and delivering an accessible and inclusive programme, based on the
Girlguiding programme for your section.
zz Encourage and support the members of the unit in making decisions within the unit and the wider
zz Keep up to date with new resources and programme initiatives, and use them as appropriate.
zz Complete relevant training for the role, keeping your skills up to date.
zz Comply with current Girlguiding policies and regulations.
zz Maintain clear communication with parents and carers and gain all necessary permissions
zz Support the Unit Leader to ensure all activity instructors/visitors to the unit meet the requirements
as laid out in The Guiding Manual.
zz Provide an initial response to any concerns or complaints from girls and young women or their
parents/carers, following the Girlguiding Safeguarding Policy and escalating issues to the Unit leader
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Volunteer Role Description
leader in Training