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 qualication?
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.
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
zz Develop and maintain clear communication with the Unit leader and other members of the
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
zz Learn about Girlguiding’s policies and Code of Conduct.
zz Be an ambassador for the values of Girlguiding.
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