A number of volunteer leaders are needed to work with Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and the Senior Section in Grantham.
For more details or to get involved go to www.girlguiding.org.uk and click on ‘get involved’ or call 0800 1695901 and leave your details. A local commissioner will get in touch and talk through the vacancies and opportunities with you.
Below is a poem written as an appeal to potential leaders.
We are only leaders (author unknown)
We are not experts. We’re your next door neighbours. We’re not perfect; we are just parents like you.
We don’t have any more spare time or energy than you do; we all work full time, and juggle our families and our schedules and try to keep it all together as best we can.
The only difference between us is that we believe in what Girlguiding has to offer. So much so, that we contribute our time, our miles and our talents to help our girls and your girls grow in Guiding.
We complete authorisation forms, budgets and registrations and fill our homes with boxes of paperwork that you will never see.
We are required to take many hours of training as well as attend various meetings so that we can meet our greatest challenge – providing a variety of programs which meet the needs and interests of very individual girls.
We try to involved parents who want us to understand that they don’t have the time to drive on outings or help at meetings. We rejoice at the generosity of others.
Sometimes we find ourselves going in too many directions, we run out of steam. We have memory lapses. Communication lines break down. Time slips by. But that doesn’t mean we don’t care.
So many evenings we spend on the phone, seeking advice and suppo9rt from other leaders when disappointments and problems occur. “How do I keep my girls attention?” “What are your ideas for the ceremony?” “How do you work with girls in different age groups?”
Our dining tables are covered with bits of rope, menus, trip forms, craft supplies, paperwork and badges for each and every girl in the group. A couple of them won’t show up and don’t think to call and let us know. Sometimes we feel unappreciated.
Yet, these girls can fill us with pride at their determination and accomplishments. Their smiles light up a room; and when the say “thank you” it makes it all worth it.
We help these girls build relationships. Some struggle more than others. Considerate, loyal, helpful, friendly… is encouraged by the Girlguiding promise and laws. And sometimes we too must learn these lessons over and over again with the girls. But we are willing to keep learning.
Please be patient if we appear distracted or frustrated or overwhelmed at times. Forgive us if we are not the kind of leader you would be if you had the time. Instead, provide us with encouragement or offer your help. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
We are after all only mentors … role models …. Leaders. Volunteers who have taken a promise to give their girls, your girls, the most precious gift we have to offer – the gift of time.