This blog was originally posted on Sarah's LinkedIn page here. She has very kindly let us repost it on The Hive!
For about 18 months now, I have been volunteering at a Brownie unit close to my home in Tooting. I am currently a leader-in-training, and will soon complete my qualification to officially become a Brownie leader. I had wanted to get involved in Brownies for a while, but kept putting it off, giving myself all sorts of excuses like I was too busy, or I wouldn’t be very good at it. The thing is, I have had such a fun, rewarding time since becoming a Brownie leader that I really wish I had done so sooner! So, for any women out there who have been thinking the same sort of thing (or even if you aren’t) I have put together a list of reasons why you should volunteer, to help you get started quicker than I did!
- It's fun
I have really enjoyed having the opportunity to do activities I wouldn’t normally do in my everyday life. I used to love arts and crafts, but hadn’t found much time for them in adult life. I have loved making everything from pop-up cards to origami pigs (and helping the Brownies make their own too, of course). We sing lots of songs and play games, which is something else I don’t do enough these days; our unit's current favourite song is about taxis. Our Brownies also love acting out any scenario they can, and their plays seem to hilariously incorporate some very over-enthusiastic news reporters, whatever the topic.