Help your career by volunteering with guiding

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Almost half of Girlguiding Scotland volunteers say that giving their time with guiding has helped boost their career chances.

New research from the charity revealed that 44 per cent of volunteers said volunteering helped them get a job or work experience as it calls for more volunteers to join its ranks in Banff and Buchan.

Meanwhile more than a third (36 per cent) of the charity’s volunteers say it’s helped them get onto a course, further education or training.

Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women also found, through a survey of more than 200 of its members, that the vast majority of their volunteers say they’ve gained skills and experience that are attractive to employers including leadership skills (91 per cent), planning and organisational skills (91 per cent), team working skills (89 per cent) and communication skills (79 per cent) through guiding.

With more than 94 girls and young women waiting to join guiding in Banff and Buchan, the charity is looking for more volunteers to help them give local girls all the amazing opportunities guiding has to offer.

99 per cent of Girlguiding Scotland volunteers also said that guiding has had a positive impact on their lives, with many reporting it has helped them make friends (98 per cent), have fun (94 per cent), boost their confidence (79 per cent), do something they never thought they’d do (59 per cent) and travel (49 per cent).

And while volunteering with guiding has a big impact on volunteers’ lives, 91 per cent of those who give their time to the charity also say that one of the best things about guiding is the chance to give girls and young women across Scotland amazing opportunities.

Sue Walker, Girlguiding Scotland’s Scottish Chief Commissioner – or lead volunteer – said: “There are more than 6,000 girls across Scotland waiting to join guiding, so we’re always on the lookout for new volunteers to ensure every girl who wants to gets the chance to take part.

“If you’re after a new start this Christmas, we’d love to hear from you.”

Find out more about volunteering with Girlguiding Scotland at www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.