A Volunteer Led Organisation
The Irish Girl Guides is dependent on volunteers and as a volunteer-led youth organisation we place great importance on their input in all aspects of the organisation. Volunteers help in Units as Leaders, they can also take up a Non-Unit volunteer role within the organisation, adults can also become a member of Trefoil Guild or help occasionally at a Unit meeting as a Unit Helper.
IGG seeks to involve suitable adult volunteers who share the ethos and values of our organisation and have an interest in the development of girls and young women. IGG welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities to work as Leaders or Unit Helpers with our different age groups which we call Branches – Ladybird, Brownie, Guide and Senior Branch.
IGG provides a non-formal educational programme in the Republic of Ireland that is dynamic and flexible while offering values-based training in lifeskills, decision-making and leadership. Our Leaders all work in a voluntary capacity and are trained to implement our programme in which the needs of the individual girl are a priority. These volunteers are supported by our National Office staff and our Regional Development Officers.
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 adults wishing to become Leaders in the Irish Girl Guides must successfully complete the screening process which includes Garda Vetting. All adults attending overnight IGG events in any capacity also need to have completed the screening process. Further information is available here. In addition, all our Leaders receive Code of Ethics training which incorporates information on child protection. IGG has a Safeguarding Membership Officer in place to support our Leaders in all matters relating to Screening and Garda Vetting.
The Irish Girl Guides is a uniformed organisation and we expect all of our members to wear the correct uniform for weekly meetings, events and trainings. Leaders have a number of different uniform options as described here.