What does the role of Lead Volunteer for Adult Support involve?I’m still learning all the detail about my role as I’m so new, but fundamentally it’s about supporting all the adults in Girlguiding in their different roles - leaders, commissioners, trainers, advisers and more - fortunately we have a great team doing this, it’s not just me!
What do you hope to achieve as part of this role?We’re all involved in guiding to give amazing opportunities to our girls, but to do that we need to feel supported - we need training, people to help, offer advice or share ideas - we can’t do it alone - so this role is about ensuring that everyone feels they have this support in the ways that suit them. I’m also passionate about learning & development and how this can empower us to do our best but also about using technology or other resources to make life easier for us as well.
What other roles do you have in guiding?I’m a Ranger Leader in South Northamptonshire with a lovely unit which we opened almost exactly ten years ago. I’m also a trainer and a member of the national Learning & Development volunteer team as a specialist for the new programme.
What relevant previous experiences have you had which led you to this Region role?I’ve just finished a role as part of the national programme renewal team with a specific responsibility for learning & development. This has given me the chance to learn so much more about how our organisation works beyond my own unit and county which has been amazing. I’ve worked with some amazing volunteers and staff members at HQ and feel privileged to have been part of something that has had such a positive impact on all of our members. I’ve also held county roles in different areas, so I’ve seen guiding from a few different perspectives which will hopefully really help me in this role.
What is your favourite thing you have done, or your greatest achievement, as a member of Girlguiding?This is a hard question - I’ve had some amazing opportunities in Guiding as an individual, I’ve been very lucky. I think my role on the programme team has been my favourite thing to date and probably my greatest achievement all at the same time. A particularly special memory was spending 21st July at the shop at HQ and getting to chat to leaders (I think I might have missed my vocation as a personal shopper!) and show them all the new resources - it was lots of fun! Lots of people who had been involved in the process popped in to say hello which was fab too!
I’m a music teacher by trade - so spend lots of time making music - I sing and play the saxophone, flute and piano - I love musical theatre (particularly if I’m the musical director!!) and spending time with my friends. When I’m not doing that I love watching detective dramas and murder mysteries - favourites include Bones and Elementary!
What do you enjoy outside guiding?
What is your favourite biscuit and why?Hmm… tricky! A variety box is always good fun but if I had to narrow it down, I’d go for the humble “rich tea” biscuit - just because it goes amazingly well with my favourite beverage - a lovely cup of tea!
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Bonkers, [over-]enthusiastic and thoughtful!