Volunteer role description
UNIT HELPER
Would you like to work with girls and young women to make a difference in your community while
developing your skills and making new friends? Volunteering with Girlguiding could be for you!
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Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and
support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young
women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life
skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.
Our incredible volunteers contribute more than ten million hours to guiding every year. Some give
us a couple of hours here and there – helping out with driving for trips and holidays, fundraising and
events planning, or even doing the annual accounts for local groups. Others give their time as leaders
or Assistant leaders for units, providing girls and young women with a space where they can be
themselves. Whatever your skills and interests, and no matter how much time you have to spare, one
of our volunteering roles is bound to suit you.
‘As well as giving the girls amazing opportunities, I feel I’ve also
personally beneted from volunteering. It’s really rewarding for me
and I feel I’ve achieved something great.’
Lisa, Girlguiding volunteer
Caring
Challenging Fun
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Inspiring Inclusive
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UNIT HELPER
Volunteer role description
Who can do this role?
Any adult aged 18 or over can be a Unit Helper. They need to be, or must be willing to become,
a member of Girlguiding.
Do I need a qualication?
Unit Helpers do not require a specific Girlguiding qualification but must register as members and be
recorded on GO (our online database). All Unit helpers are attached to a unit.
What is the purpose of this role?
To help give girls opportunities for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure! Unit helpers usually work
with other volunteers to assist in delivering a high-quality programme to the girls and young women in
the unit, while ensuring the safety of the unit members.
Unit Helpers assist the Unit leadership team in running units (groups) of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides
and Rangers. You will be part of a Leadership team that includes at least one Unit leader, Assistant
leaders and possibly also Young leaders and other Unit helpers.
Unit helpers will have opportunities for ‘on-the-job’ learning and development.
What will I do in the role?
Running the unit
The responsibilities below will be shared among the Unit leadership team. As a Unit helper you will
work with others in the team to make the most of the skills and time you are able to give.
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Provide a safe girl-only space where girls and young women can discover their full potential.
zz Provide ongoing 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
Girlguiding community.
zz Develop and maintain clear communication with the Unit leader and other members of the
Leadership team.
zz Keep up to date with new resources and programme initiatives, and use them as appropriate.
zz Maintain clear communication with parents and carers.
zz Be willing to participate in any relevant ‘on-the-job’ training for the role.
zz Comply with current Girlguiding policies and regulations.
Part of your local guiding area
zz Be part of a local Girlguiding community, maintaining a good relationship with other volunteers.
zz Encourage more girls to join Girlguiding and support girls as they move on to the next section.
zz Promote local, national and international opportunities available within guiding as well as externally,
and encourage young members to take part.
Being part of Girlguiding
zz Be committed to undertaking relevant training.
zz Learn about the structure of Girlguiding and how your responsibilities and position t within it.
zz Be willing to learn about Girlguiding’s national and local strategic aims and how both are
delivered locally.
zz Learn about Girlguiding’s policies and Code of Conduct.
zz Be an ambassador for the values of Girlguiding.
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Promoting Girlguiding
zz Promote a positive image of Girlguiding at public events and while taking part in activities outside
the meeting place.
What will Girlguiding do for me?
zz Provide a thorough and appropriate induction to the role and organisation.
zz Help to develop skills and abilities to perform the role by providing ‘on-the-job’
training opportunities.
zz Provide guidance via The Guiding Manual.
zz Provide support and development from fellow volunteers, including a local commissioner and
Girlguiding advisers.
zz Host meetings and events to share information at a local level.
zz Reimburse agreed expenses (agreed locally and may differ around the UK).
zz Provide references.
zz Provide a clear complaints procedure and support to resolve problems or disagreements.
Am I right for the role?
Unit helpers are key in supporting girls and young women to experience how great Girlguiding can
be. While we can offer you support in your role we would expect you to possess the personal qualities
outlined below.
zz An open and approachable manner.
zz Reliable and trustworthy.
zz Creative and enthusiastic.
zz Committed to ongoing personal development.
zz Fun-loving.
zz A sense of humour.
zz Enjoys working with young people.
Girlguiding welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities. We are exible,
and volunteering can be arranged to t around a busy lifestyle.
As this role works directly with young people, you will be required to complete a criminal record
disclosure check, carried out by a local verier.
Please note this is a volunteer role; this role description does not form part of any contract
of employment.
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