My Experience with Volunteering: Girlguiding
I hope that you’re all doing ok.
Today I want to talk to you about volunteering. Yes, I know, it can seem like the word ‘volunteering’ chases you all the way from 6th Form/College. I hate to sound like a bore, but it really CAN help to enhance your CV.
I volunteer for Girlguiding in my local area on a Monday night. I started off as a Brownie at about age 9 and have been working my way up the ranks ever since. I’m currently an Assistant Guide Leader in Training. I love my role because I get to help young girls have different experiences. To be a Guide, you have to be between 10 and 14. In my opinion, that is quite a big age gap. I was completely different (emotionally) at 10 than I was at 14. That makes finding things that all of the girls will be interested in a tad hard at times, but it sure keeps things interesting!
I also love volunteering for Girlguiding because I also get to have new experiences. I’m so lucky in that the other adults in my Unit (and also the girls) have always been completely accepting in regards to my Cerebral Palsy. Of course this is the way it should be, but they really have always gone above and beyond. Furthermore, I like to imagine that my position in the Unit may help to inspire young girls with disabilities should they come to join us.
Of course, with everything that the pandemic has thrown at us, no Unit’s are meeting face-to-face at the moment. However, many are continuing with virtual meetings. Normally, Guide meetings usually last 1:30 hours (this varies with the younger groups, Rainbows and Brownies) and take place in the evening. Many Units are looking for adult recruits right now, so please look into Guiding in your local area if you’re interested! I must also add that the same can be said for Scouting, so do your research and see what takes your fancy!
There you have it, my volunteering story. If Guiding/Scouting doesn’t interest you, there are so many other organisations with which you can volunteer. I would highly recommend volunteer work and I hope that this post helps to inspire some of you!