This role description covers Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Ranger advisers.
Who can do this role?
Section advisers are women over 18 years old. They should already be, or be willing to become,
a member of Girlguiding.
Do I need a quali ication?
You don’t need a specific qualification to become an adviser and you will be provided with training on a
particular subject depending on your specialism.
What is the purpose of this role?
An Adviser is a specialist in a particular field of the guiding programme. An adviser will advise, motivate
and communicate information about the specialism to the division, county or country/region team and
other guiding members, giving more girls and volunteers ways to access opportunities for development,
challenge and adventure.
Advisers are often responsible for helping to create opportunities for events and take an active part in
the wider team. As an adviser, you will attend meetings and have regular contact with other advisers,
teams at other levels and leaders.
Section advisers are experts on a particular part of the Girlguiding programme: this can relate to a
specific section (Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Ranger) or a particular award or special event. You will be
responsible for giving support to leaders in your local area by keeping up to date with all aspects of
your area of expertise including changes to programme, new initiatives and opportunities for members
to get involved.
What will I do in the role?
The list below outlines the general responsibilities of a Section adviser, but you will be working within a
wider team and responsibilities may vary with the different adviser specialisms.
zz Provide ongoing support to the country/region, county or division by giving advice and answering
specic queries, often by email.
zz Demonstrate a working knowledge of and enthusiasm for your specialism.
zz Become an expert in your specialism, use your knowledge to solve problems and promote the
advantages of your area of the guiding programme.
zz Support leaders to provide a safe girl-only space where girls and young women can discover their
full potential through all areas of the programme.
zz Attend level-specic meetings and events as appropriate.
zz Administer any applicable training or qualications in your area of responsibility.
zz Keep up to date with new resources and programme initiatives, and use and cascade information as
appropriate, communicating to all relevant stakeholders.
zz Complete relevant training for the role and ensure the wider team’s skills are up to date.
zz Manage a local budget, liaising with the level treasurer and commissioner as necessary.
zz Provide up-to-date, creative programme ideas and resources and distribute these to members in the
zz Support trainers and the trainer coordinator with the induction of any new parts of the programme
related to your section, reviewing training modules if required.
zz Support the Leadership qualification coordinator and those completing their Leadership qualification
to review training books related to your section, and assist with specic mentoring if necessary.
zz Visit units in the local area to promote events and opportunities.
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