We caught up with Rebecca Wilkes, one of the newest additions to our Region Volunteer team, to find out about her new role for Communication & Engagement.
What does the role of Assistant Lead Volunteer for Communications & Engagement involve?
This role is all about spreading the word about what we're doing within the region, both to engage our members and spread the word about Guiding to those outside of the organisation. This includes looking at our member communications and social media presence, and also supporting our members within the counties to communicate our key message and all the exciting things they're doing! This role also encompasses our social action project which I'm really excited about, and I can't wait to share our plans nearer the launch date.
What do you hope to achieve as part of this role?I hope to share as much as we can about all the amazing things that are going on across the region, whilst enabling our members to shout out about the organisation too. It would be fantastic to see an increased number of members in Girlguiding Midlands!
What other roles do you have in guiding?I've recently jointly taken over a Brownie Unit in Sutton Coldfield which was at risk of closing. A lot of my focus at the minute is making sure that all of our accounts and records are in order, and getting to grips with the Unit leader role. I'm also working through module 4 of the Leadership Qualification, and hold the Queen's Guide Award.
What relevant previous experiences have you had which led you to this Region role?I have been a county PR adviser with a focus on our County enewsletter - this involved collating information and compiling it into our email newsletter which went out on a monthly basis. I was also a District Administrator at University, with a focus on recruiting students and supporting them in thier role. Communicating with, and engaging students with Girlguiding was a key part of this role.
What is your favourite thing you have done, or your greatest achievement, as a member of Girlguiding?I think my favourite thing has to be speaking on BBC Radio Lancashire as part of Student Volunteer Week. Attending spokesperson training gave me the confidence to share Girlguiding's key messages and it was great to be able to speak to such a wide audience! It was also really exciting to sit on the panel with the author Josephine Cox.
Recently married, I'm now finding myself with lots of spare time that's been dedicated to Wedding planning over the past year! I attend weekly ballroom dancing lessions, and like to practise both the piano and saxophone.
What do you enjoy outside guiding?
What is your favourite biscuit and why?It has to be the chocolate digestive - I think chocolate makes anything better! It also makes the perfect s'more
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Hard-working, dedicated and reliable.