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Letter to Editor of Wirral News

Help out as a volunteer

http://www.wirralnews.co.uk/views-blogs/letters-editor/2012/06/06/help-out-as-a-volunteer-80491-31115746/

Jun 6 2012 Birkenhead News

THE Wirral community may be aware that Volunteers Week takes place from June 1 to 7. The week is a chance for us to recognise the huge impact that volunteers make to our community and society in general.

As a volunteer-led organisation, Girlguiding UK is made up of a huge network of volunteers who run activities, manage accounts, advise on adventure and organise large scale events – to name only a few roles!

Girlguiding Wirral has 4,000 girls and young women and over 800 adult volunteers who are part of guiding and experience the adventure and fun we can offer in a girl only environment.

The invaluable opportunities are not possible without the dedication and enthusiasm of our adult volunteers.

Guiding is of course about providing fantastic fun for girls and young women. However, volunteers themselves get a huge amount out of it as well.

I have been involved with Girlguiding UK since I was a Brownie and have volunteered for 20 years. I have gained so much from my time in Guiding, it’s provided me with skills that helped me get my first job and subsequent promotions and also provided me with the honour of recently being appointed as Girlguiding Wirral County Commissioner.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the volunteers in Girlguiding Wirral who make guiding possible.

For anyone who is curious to see how volunteering could make a huge difference to their lives I would encourage you to get in touch or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/ interested.

Not only could you make a difference to local girls and young women but believe me, you will gain just as much in return!

LINDA SMALLTHWAITE Girlguiding Wirral County Commissioner