4th March 2014
A guest blog from Girlguiding Development Worker Lynne Woolley about how funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government, through Youth United’s Supporting Inclusion Programme, has enabled Girlguiding to try out new approaches to recruit more students as volunteers and members.
These are just two of the reasons given by new student volunteers for getting involved with Girlguiding.
Research for Student Volunteer Week found that almost a third of students currently volunteer. Our Girlguiding Development Workers have been building partnerships with a wide range of colleges and universities in the target areas to encourage more students to join Girlguiding as Senior Section members as well as to volunteer with girls and young women.
Here are three approaches we have tried:
Girlguiding Cleveland is attending a student volunteering fair at Teesside University. The stand is being run by two current student who already volunteer with Girlguiding and want to shout out about the benefits of joining. Girlguiding Cleveland are also running a ‘Girlguiding Challenge’ workshop to introduce new to guiding students to all the amazing opportunities available through Girlguiding.
Girlguiding Northwest Development Workers have run student welcome meetings with Manchester University, attracting over 27 students who found out all about opportunities to meet new people, learn new skills and take part in our amazing opportunities - ranging from peer education to international development projects. Ten have since been placed in local Youth United units with more helping at wider units in the area.
Girlguiding LaSER (London and the South East) have been running a special ‘girls voice’ and ‘take action’ project with Queen Mary University’s volunteering team to showcase Girlguiding’s commitment to giving girls a voice and supporting them to take positive action in their local community. Over 20 students have got involved so far.