If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Unit Leader or Unit Helper with the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) please contact your nearest Regional Development Officer (RDO) to discuss your options. Emails for each RDO are available on the Irish Girl Guide website. All potential Leaders go through an IGG screening process. This includes filling out a simple application form, including providing two referees, signing an Agreement Form and completing a Garda Vetting form.
To learn more about being a Leader with the Irish Girl Guides, please read on or see the frequently asked questions section at the bottom of this document.
The Role of the Leader
A Unit Leader helps run her local Unit with the other Leaders in her Unit. By becoming a Leader you play an important role in your community. It is not only an opportunity to help local girls grow in confidence but also allows you to develop new skills and make new friends. Training is given and existing Leaders and/or Commissioners or RDOs mentor new Leaders for as long as is necessary. Through training and mentoring new Leaders become familiar with the Guide programme. Spirituality, standards of personal behaviour, care for individuals and enthusiasm are part of every activity. All our Leaders are Garda Vetted and receive child protection and code of ethics training.
A key to success
The girls of each Unit are encouraged to play a role in determining their own programme, though ultimately the success of the Unit depends on the Leaders working together as a team. This means coming together regularly to organise the programme in advance, working together and sharing the responsibility of the weekly meeting.
Leaders are encouraged to attend trainings. Trainings are held at local, regional and national levels. District and Area commissioners are also at hand to help with advice and suggestions. They also enjoy being invited to your Unit’s special events, such as enrolment ceremonies, and this helps build up a relationship with the Leaders and the girls.
If you are new to Guiding you will be expected to read “Welcome to Guiding”, a publication by the Irish Girl Guides which outlines the history of Guiding in Ireland, explains the aims of Guiding, explains what is expected of you as a leader and outlines the requirements of assistant and leader warrants, which you can work toward as an IGG leader. You will also be asked to make your own Guiding Promise (see below). You will also be given a copy of IGG’s Code of Ethics and Good Practise Guidelines and you will be asked to familiarise yourself with this publication. All our Leaders are also requested to attend Code of Ethics trainings.
When you become a Leader you will learn about the significance of the Promise and Law in our programme. As Leaders we are expected to set a high standard and act as positive role models for the girls in the way we work together as a team, the way we wear our uniform and the pride we take in being a member of the Irish Girl Guides.
When we are being enrolled as Leaders, the Promise we make is the Guide Promise.
I promise on my honour, to do my best
To do my duty to my God* and my Country,
To help other people at all times,
And to obey the Guide Law.
*The word "God" can be replaced by the word "faith" according to one’s spiritual beliefs.
The Guide Law we are promising to obey is as follows:
1. A Guide is honest and reliable
2. A Guide is loyal.
3. A Guide is useful and helps others.
4. A Guide is a friend to all and a sister to every other Guide.
5. A Guide is polite and considerate.
6. A Guide cares for all living things and their environment.
7. A Guide is responsible and respects authority.
8. A Guide has courage and is cheerful in difficulties
9. A Guide makes good use of time, talents and materials.
10. A Guide respects herself and others in all she thinks, says and does
1. What qualifications do I need to be a Leader?
No external qualifications are needed. You just need to enjoy working with girls and young women. You can gain IGG qualifications once you are enrolled.
2. Will I be trained?
Training is provided through local, regional and national trainings and at your weekly unit meetings. Trainings cover a wide range of subjects including the Guiding Promise and Law, programme planning, first aid, outdoor activities, and Code of Ethics. For more information see the Adult Training Section
3. What is a Leader’s warrant?
A warrant is a licence to be a recognised Leader of the Irish Girl Guides. The first stage is to get your Assistant Leader warrant. Then you can work toward your full warrant. Full details are in the Welcome to Guiding book you receive in the Leader Pack or see Warrant Information on the website
4. Why do I have to be Garda Vetted?
All your questions to do with Garda Vetting can be answered here.
5. Who is my local contact if I have a question?
Your Regional Development Officer’s contact details are available on the IGG Website. Alternatively you can contact your District or Area Commissioner or Regional Commissioner if you know who they are. If you cannot find local contacts please contact National Office.
6. Can you explain the difference between ‘Area’ and ‘District’?
Each of the seven Irish Girl Guide Regions is divided into Areas. These Areas are then sub-divided into Districts. For more information on the structure of IGG, you can view the IGG Handbook in the ’Publications’ section of this website.
7. How many Leaders are needed to run a Unit?
The minimum number is two. However, more may be required if you have a lot of girls. Extra adults are also required for outings. See the Introduction in the IGG Safety Guidelines booklet, in the ’Publications’ section of the website, for the different adult to girl ratios for meetings, outings etc.
8. Will I have to wear a uniform?
The Irish Girl Guides is a uniformed organisation so all Leaders should always be in uniform for weekly meetings, trainings and events. You can read more about the uniform here.
9. Will my expenses be reimbursed?
Yes, any equipment, food or materials you buy for Guiding events or meetings will be reimbursed from Unit funds or the appropriate source.
10. I can’t commit to a weekly meeting. Can I still help?
Yes you can sign up as a Unit Helper if you cannot commit to being a Leader. Unit Helpers attend meetings occasionally to help out. They do not wear uniform but may wear a neckerchief, and they are not obliged to take part in programme planning or extra activities. Unit Helpers are not Assistant Leaders and should not be left on their own or with other Unit Helpers to run the Unit. More information can be obtained from your Regional Development Officer or by contacting our National Office.
Alternatively you can volunteer for a specific role within IGG, possibly to help with particular events or activities. Contact your Regional Development Officer.
11. So how can I become a volunteer?
You can contact your nearest Regional Development Officer to have an informal introduction to Guiding. From there you will be brought through the Application process. It’s that simple.