Meet Jade, our events coordinator extraordinaire! Jade is a great example of the fact that you don’t need to be involved in a unit to support our team. Jade uses the skills from her job as an events manager to support & run some amazing events for our members.
Read below to find out what joining #TeamGlasgow has meant to Jade
Since January 2016, one and a half years so far!
I work alongside Girlguiding Glasgow’s County Commissioner Jill Elborn in my day job and she convinced me to get involved to put the skills that I use in work to use out with the working world. I have always been interested in hearing her guiding stories and the amazing experiences she has encountered and I wanted to be involved in something in a voluntary capacity but I thought that it would take lots of hours that I wouldn’t be able to commit to.
The role that I have in guiding is really flexible, the hours that I volunteer isn’t set each week so I can really work it around my professional and personal life and still give a significant contribution towards guiding.
In my role I am responsible for planning all of the County level events such as last year’s County Camp Rockin’ Rio and the annual county celebrations for World Thinking Day which I do by leading a small events team. In addition I support any other events that are being organised by other volunteers by being a member on various event planning groups and I have recently helped a guide leader achieve an element for her Queens Guide Award through inviting her to be a member of an event planning group and mentoring her.
The flexibility! Unlike other roles in guiding, I am not committed to a set number of hours per week. I also love volunteering on the event day to see our planning become a reality and watch members enjoying the activities that I have planned for them.
I am an Event Manager for Glasgow City Council, so I have a role in planning and delivering all of the major events that take place in the city. I love my job and the skills that I use are transferable into guiding.
I am also a member of the County Executive Committee where I help make big decisions on the governance of the county.
Volunteering is so rewarding and can be flexible, you get out of it what you put in. With a very busy job, I didn’t think that I had any spare time in my daily life to fit volunteering in however my role in guiding allows me to fit it around everything else that I do. I have really enjoyed making new friends and contacts and guiding isn’t anything like I thought it would be!