RESIDENTIAL OCCASIONAL HELPER (UNIT)
Volunteer role description
Who can do this role?
Any adult aged 18 or over can be a Residential occasional helper.
Do I need a qualication?
Residential Occasional Helpers do not require a specic Girlguiding qualication. They do not need to
become Girlguiding members, but are recorded on GO (our online database) attached to a unit.
What is the purpose of this role?
To help give girls opportunities for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure! Residential occasional
helpers work with other volunteers to enable girls and young women to take part in residential
Girlguiding activities that include an overnight stay, while ensuring the safety of the unit members.
Residential occasional helpers assist the volunteer team in charge of the event (which could include
members of various Unit leadership teams) in running residential trips with Rainbows, Brownies, Guides
You will be supported by at least one Unit leader, Assistant leaders, Young leaders and other Unit
helpers and Occasional helpers.
Residential occasional helpers will have opportunities for ‘on-the-job’ learning and development.
What will I do in the role?
Running the unit
By the nature of the role, Residential occasional helpers will join other volunteers on an infrequent
basis, for specic residential events when more adult presence is required.
The responsibilities below will be shared between the volunteer team in charge of the event. As a
Residential occasional helper you will work with others within the volunteer team to make the most of
the skills and time you are able to give.
Provide a girl-only safe space where girls and young women can discover their full potential.
zz Provide support and supervision, with other volunteers, to members of the residential and the
zz Take a specic role within the residential team, while delivering an accessible and inclusive
programme, based on the Girlguiding programme for that section.
zz Encourage and support the members of the group in making decisions within the context of the
residential and planning its activities.
zz Develop and maintain clear communications with the event coordinator and other members of the
zz Be willing to participate in any relevant ‘on the job’ training for the role.
zz Comply with current Girlguiding policies and regulations.
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Residential occasional helper (unit)