Help urged as would-be Guides wait for a place

The Guardian - - NATIONAL -

Tens of thou­sands of young­sters are wait­ing to join the Brownies and Guides due to a lack of vol­un­teers.

Around 70,000 girls and young women are miss­ing out on the chance to make friends, have ad­ven­tures and im­prove skills such as con­fi­dence, be­cause of a short­age of peo­ple will­ing to give their time, Girlguiding said.

The char­ity has launched a na­tional cam­paign urg­ing the pub­lic to join in.

The KnowYour­Place drive will fea­ture a film to be shared on so­cial me­dia chan­nels that will show how Girlguiding vol­un­teers have found “their place” and are in­spir­ing young­sters across the UK.

Sally Ill­s­ley, deputy chief guide, said: “If you’re some­one who would like to help in­spire and em­power a gen­er­a­tion of girls to find their place in the world then vol­un­teer­ing with Girlguiding is the chance to do just that.”

Vol­un­teer­ing roles vary from help­ing out at a meet­ing once a month, to supporting week­end events or run­ning ses­sions with dif­fer­ent groups.

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