Josie Turner, Girlguiding Thames Division M&C Adviser, utilised her summer break for volunteer recruitment at eight Library Community Days, read how Josie did it below.
In summer 2016 I was invited to take part in one of our library sub branch community days, which was a huge success. This year I was contacted by the Development Officer from the main library asking to do it again, but with seven other sub-libraries too.
I started to update the display board by printing off photos that I had taken at events in my division and contacted The Region Office who sent a recruitment video on USB. I also had a few recruitment items left over from Kent County Show and bought some craft activities from the local pound store.
The stall was ready to set up at all eight of the community days, and we handed out many leaflets and talked to lots of girls who were excited to join. At one of the community days local mum who had recently moved to the area was looking for opportunities to meet new people, so we explained the different roles and recruited her as a unit helper.
It was mainly very busy with crafts being made and postcards given out. There was face painting taking place at some community days near us, which was a great success at drawing people in.
We spoke to a former Brownie who wanted to re-join a Guide unit and the Leader who was helping me also happened to be a Leader with the unit. They spoke about what the unit had been doing recently, including cutting up a heart (lambs not human) and learning what the different things inside it were, she was fascinated.
Another day a young lady came up to me and asked how she could become an adult Leader, she had been in guiding up to The Senior Section before going off to university and wanted to get involved again. She is now placed with a unit and I have arranged for her to meet the unit Leaders.
At all the events we gave out details of the days and times of local units and many were happy to give me their details so that I could pass them onto the commissioner or Leader.
Overall it was great fun and I met some lovely people from other organisations and charities. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my other Leaders who went onto a rota to help me as well as my Division Commissioner and County Commissioner.
So, If you hear about local Community Days ask to be part of it or contact your local library to see if you can set up a stand on a set day or event, I will definitely do it again next year.
Girlguiding Thames Division Marketing & Communications Adviser