Blog / May 27th, 2021

Join us in celebrating Volunteers’ Week

National Volunteers’ Week is an important part of the guiding calendar. This year we are supporting the organisation’s ‘Time To Say Thanks’ mission statement and will be celebrating the hard work and dedication shown by our volunteers, particularly during the pandemic, across our digital channels. We have collected some inspiring stories from across the region to share in this blog:

Vicky, a leader from Bedfordshire runs an inclusive unit that is aimed at girls with additional needs. As well as offering opportunities for Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, they have recently decided to extend their offering to include Rangers in the unit. The group meets monthly offering the guiding programme in a multi-sensory way with a high level of adult support. During the pandemic, Vicky was instrumental in keeping the group going on zoom and they have recently returned to face-to-face meetings with a party – celebrating the inclusive units’ third anniversary. Vicky hosted a big outdoor party with food, games, party bags and badges.

Volunteers Mikayla and Natasha and Rachel from Oxfordshire have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the “MBE for Volunteer Groups” — along with the other trustees of their charity, Team Mikayla. In the last seven years, Team Mikayla has granted over 150 wishes to children fighting cancer and receiving treatment at either the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, or the Leicester Royal Infirmary, as well as gifting Christmas presents and Easter eggs to the in-patients, and general gifts for the wards. They will receive the award crystal and certificate from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire later this summer, whilst two Trustees will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022 (restrictions allowing), along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

While celebrating Volunteers’ Week, we know guiding would not be the same without the continuous dedication of its volunteers. We’re thrilled to hear what our volunteers have to say about their experience:

Chris a Guide leader from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire shares why volunteering can be so rewarding: “By volunteering for Girlguiding I have had so many fun experiences. Guiding grows confidence and offers great opportunities for everyone involved; more people should try it!”

Karin, a division commissioner and unit leader from Hertfordshire joined Girlguiding as a volunteer to help with her daughter’s Rainbow unit. She reflects: “I have met such amazing girls and leaders, and made life-long friends. Don’t think too hard about volunteering – just do it! The journey is amazing…I love seeing the girls’ faces light up when they achieve something on their own, it’s just magical”.

Jenny from Hertfordshire is currently training to become a leader and says: “I was a Brownie, Guide and a Ranger before joining my current unit as a helper. Although I’m autistic, I don’t let that stop me from doing what I love, in fact, I see it as my superpower that makes my leadership style stronger! My advice for anyone would be to do something because you want to do it as it can help your confidence to grow”.

Elaine joined Girlguiding at age 47 and made her promise on the same day as her daughter. She says: “It’s never too late to become a volunteer – just do it!”

Is there a volunteer who has made a huge difference in your life? Say thank you with our special Volunteers’ Week certificate: www.girlguiding-anglia.org.uk/resource/volunteers-week-certificate

Tag us on social media and use #TogetherWeInspire so that we can share your messages of thanks and recognition.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in Anglia, please visit:

www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/register-your-interest