Welcoming New Volunteers
Everyone is responsible for welcoming new volunteers, but appointing a buddy provides a named support to answer questions, explain how things work, make introductions and suggest opportunities for skills development within guiding.
What is a Buddy?
A Buddy is someone who volunteers in the same section as you or a similar role (i.e. Rainbows / Brownies / Guides / The Senior Section / Supporting Role like Treasurer). They are there to answer any questions you may have relating to your role or guiding in general.
When, where and how often will we meet?
This is totally up to you both to decide. It could be a weekly call, text or an email in the beginning so they can check how things are going and you can ask any questions you may have. If you live close enough to meet up, you may fancy getting together for a coffee and a chat or maybe arranging to go to a meeting that is appropriate to your role. It is up to you and your Buddy to decide how this works best for you.
What other support will I have?
The District Commissioner or Leader in Charge of the unit you are at will have typically been your first point of contact, and they too are there to answer any questions you may have. If you are volunteering with a unit then the girls and other volunteers will welcome and support you, as well as others in the District and Division who you will meet if you attend wider guiding events. If you are doing your Leadership Qualification (LQ) then you will be assigned a Mentor to support you through this. There are also lots of ways to find support online - from visiting our websites to joining Facebook groups.
For more information on welcoming and inducting new volunteers please visit the Resources Section above to see what the Improving Access to Guiding team have been working on – any thoughts you have about these resources please also complete the feedback form.