GirlGuiding NZ needs you!

GirlGuiding NZ is on a mission. The not-for-profit organisation develops the confidence and life skills of girls nationwide with a fun, girl-led programme of activities. And they are desperately short of adult volunteers to run the programme in West Auckland.

GirlGuiding’s Upper North Island Area Manager, Mary-Ann McAlister, explains more. ‘We have over 30 units in West Auckland providing a rich programme that challenges and develops girls.’

‘And we also have a waiting list of girls wanting to join,’ she continues. ‘We really need more adult volunteers so that we can reach even more girls. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your local community. And it’s also very rewarding.’

For over 100 years, GirlGuiding NZ has provided fun, friendship and adventure to girls aged 5-17. The organisation relies on a network of volunteers to supervise the girl guides and provide leadership.

Ally Gracewood has been a volunteer at the Te Atatu unit for the past four years. And it’s been a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

‘It gives me a lot of satisfaction and joy,’ explains Ally. ‘It’s great to see the girls having a go at activities like camping and kayaking that many would not otherwise get to enjoy.’

‘And it also helps to push me outside my comfort zone and keeps me trying new things myself,’ she continues.

‘There’s something special about roasting marshmallows and singing songs around the campfire. And watching the girls get out there and do good things in the community is extremely rewarding,’ Ally concludes.

Both males and females are welcome as volunteers, and there’s no need for previous experience. GirlGuiding NZ offers a safe, supportive environment, and full training is provided. However, volunteers do need to supply two referees and undergo a police check.

According to Mary-Ann, all that’s required is enthusiasm and reliability.  And there are flexible options available for those who want to contribute but can’t make a regular commitment.

The time commitment varies depending on the age of the girls. So, if you have a spare few hours each week (from 1.5 hours in Pippins to 2.5 for Guides/Rangers), why not consider volunteering for GirlGuiding?

It’s a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. You will meet new friends and make a positive difference in your local community. And you will also develop the leadership and problem-solving skills employers like to see on CVs.

‘GirlGuiding NZ is passionate about developing girls into confident, adventurous women. If you share our passion and want to give back to your community, we’d love to hear from you,’ says Mary-Ann.