Urgent call for volunteers as 10% of Girlguiding Edinburgh’s units at risk of closure after summer break

Date: 26th May 2024 Author: Rebecca

Girlguiding Edinburgh is facing a shortage of volunteer leaders, putting many units at risk of closure following the summer break.

The organisation, which provides invaluable opportunities for girls aged 4-18 to develop skills and confidence, is in urgent need of individuals willing to undergo leadership training and step up to lead local units.

“We’re facing a serious challenge as several of our existing leaders are planning to retire or relocate from Edinburgh,” said Kirsty Lewis, Lead Volunteer for Growth at Girlguiding Edinburgh. “While leadership turnover is a natural part of any organisation, the lack of new volunteers stepping up to undergo training is putting our units at risk. We’ve undertaken various forms of promotion, including free advertising and paid campaigns, but the response hasn’t been sufficient to meet our needs.”

Girlguiding offers comprehensive leadership training that not only benefits the girls involved but also serves as a valuable skill-building opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing professional careers outside of Guiding. The experience gained through leading a unit can enhance communication, teamwork, and leadership abilities, making it an attractive prospect for anyone looking to make a positive impact in their community while honing their own skills.

“We want to emphasise that becoming a volunteer leader is not just about volunteering; it’s about personal growth, skills development, and making a meaningful difference in the lives of young girls,” added Kirsty. “We invite anyone who is even remotely interested to reach out to us to arrange a visit to your local unit, and see firsthand how much fun and fulfilment this experience can bring.”

Prospective volunteers can contact Membership Coordinator, Maria Laskowska edincounty.recruitment@gmail.com  for more information on how to get involved and contribute to the continuation of Girlguiding units in Edinburgh.

Girls take what they do in guiding with them as they grow up. Everything from working in a team, to taking the lead, to speaking out on issues they care about. It helps them develop the skills and confidence to become the young women they want to be. ’