Who can do this role?
Supporting 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 qualication?
Supporting Leaders are Girlguiding members who hold their Leadership Qualication. If you are not
already a Leader and decide you would like to become one, you will need to work towards your
Girlguiding Leadership Qualication while being assigned to a specic unit.
See the Unit Leader/Leader in Training role description for further detail on what is involved in
becoming a Leader if you’re new to the role.
What is the purpose of this role?
Using the skills you already have as a qualied Leader, you will support your Girlguiding District or
Division to deliver guiding meetings or events on an ad-hoc basis. Not attached to a unit, you have the
exibility to remain in guiding and use your leadership skills to step in when needed: whether at an
event that requires more adult presence or at a unit meeting that needs an occasional Leader when
there isn’t one available.
You will be supported in your role by members of the local Unit Leadership Teams and the local
Commissioner. As a Supporting Leader, you should be covering the section specic to your Leadership
Qualication, or ensure that the Commissioner is aware if you are not.
If the cover you provide to a specic unit becomes regular or more long-term you should be added to
the Unit Leadership Team of the unit you are with.
What will I do in the role?
Running the unit
The responsibilities below will be shared among the Unit Leadership Team. In situations where there is
a regular Unit Leader, whose role you are covering, ultimate unit decision-making responsibility rests
As a Supporting Leader you may delegate duties to other Leaders and volunteers, working together 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.
zz Take an active role in creating and delivering an accessible and inclusive programme based on the
Girlguiding programme for your section, taking a lead from the usual Unit Leader if necessary.
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.
Depending on the length of time you are covering the place of a usual Unit Leader, you may be required
to take on more responsibilities.
zz Encourage other members of the team to develop their skills.
zz Ensure unit administration and nancial tasks are completed.
zz Ensure all unit volunteers comply with current Girlguiding policies and regulations.
zz Ensure all activity instructors/visitors to the unit meet the requirements laid out in
The Guiding Manual.
zz Maintain clear communication with parents and carers and gain all necessary permissions for activities.
zz Provide an initial response to any concerns or complaints from girls and young women or their
parents/carers following Girlguiding’s Safeguarding Policy.
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