On Saturday 14 May 2016 over 100 Commissioners from across the Region came together in Birmingham to spend the day learning new ways to work with new and existing volunteers.
Those attending followed the volunteer journey - starting with volunteer recruitment, looking at ways we can recruit new members and considered the pros and cons of different events. They then went on to look at Inducting New Volunteers, including using Girlguiding’s new volunteer role descriptions. Finally, delegates considered existing volunteers and thought about ways to support and value them which included learning more about the Young Leader Qualification and how to nurture Young Leaders – our future leaders. There was plenty of time throughout the day for attendees to share their experiences and to learn from each other as well as from the trainers.
Deputy Chief Commissioner Sandy Kinnersley said "growing our membership is so important everywhere - every one of us shares the responsibility. Commissioners are key in encouraging their teams to do what they can to retain their existing members and to enable others to come and join the fun. It was wonderful to meet so many Commissioners from across the Region who were so willing to share their experiences and tips for finding new members, and so full of great ideas to take forward."
Commissioners left the day bursting with new plans for their areas and inspired to encourage hundreds of new girls and volunteers to join the charity over the next year. Girlguiding Midlands were able to put on this event thanks to a grant from Girlguiding using funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery – which supports charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally - and comes just as Girlguiding has received a further £25,000 boost. Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are thrilled that our players are able to continue to support Girlguiding in its outreach work, so that more girls than ever can benefit from the life-changing experiences offered by the charity.”