They are looking for volunteers to get involved with the region’s Rainbows, Brownies and Guides groups and help youngsters build confidence, have adventures, develop skills and have fun.
Over 60 girls are currently waiting to join packs across Dumfriesshire, but they’re missing out because there aren’t enough volunteers to run and support groups.
Anyone can get involved in guiding, whether or not they’ve previously been a member, and with a variety of voluntary roles to choose from, people can give the time that suits them. Victoria Brett is an assistant leader in Dumfries and said: “Girlguiding has provided me so many opportunities from volunteering at weekly meetings to being part of the country team which has allowed me to grow in confidence and learn new skills. Girlguiding has even taken me to Cambodia and Switzerland where not only me but young girls have been able to experience a whole new culture.”
And district commissioner for Dumfriesshire Norma Rae added: “Being part of an organisation that gives girls great opportunities and experiences is my reason for volunteering. I have had several roles but feel that being a district commissioner has given me the satisfaction of helping and encouraging leaders to ensure girls get the most out of being a member of Girlguiding.”
Around 11,500 volunteers currently give their time to Girlguiding, supporting around 50,000 girls young women in Scotland and Moira McKenna, Girlguiding Scotland’s lead volunteer, said: “Every week, all over Scotland, volunteers share their time to give girls a safe space where they can enjoy fun and adventure, all while learning new skills and growing in confidence. I know from my own experience leading Guides and Rangers what a rewarding and unforgettable experience volunteering can be.
“We want to make sure every girl in Scotland who wants to has the chance to join Girlguiding, but to reach more girls we need more volunteers. With our brand new programme, featuring 800 new badges and activities, now is a really exciting time to join Scotland’s biggest charity for girls and young women and play a part in inspiring the next generation.”
For more information about how to get involved, visit www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk