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Volunteer Spotlight: Kirstyn

Kirstyn with her Senior Section

Kirstyn is our current Senior Section adviser (14-25yr age group). Her role covers the whole of Glasgow – no mean feet when you consider the size of the city!

We quizzed her on her role, her life outside of guiding and what she gets from being a volunteer.

How long have you been involved in Guiding?

I think since 2009. I was a brownie & a guide but had a break for a few years after guides to focus on school and other activities.

What got you involved?

I met Jill (our county commissioner) who asked if I would help out for one night. That was 8 years ago – I’ve never escaped!

You’re currently the Senior Section Adviser, what does that entail?

Basically, my role is to inspire the young women in our Senior Section (14-25 yrs) to be the best they can be by being a good role model, encouraging them to take on leadership roles and supporting them throughout the programme.

I also provide advice and act as a ‘go-to’ person for all in that age group if they aren’t sure who to approach.

What is the best bit about your role?

I love meeting the girls, getting to know them and seeing them grow as people throughout their time in Guiding. I’m also looking forward to setting up the youth forum and learning more about Guiding.

What do you do for a day-job?

I’m an adjusting executive for a loss adjusting firm. I do a lot of report writing and review & validate insurance claims. It’s nothing to do with Guiding and very different to what I get up to as a leader!

What else do you do in Guiding?

I’m the leader of the 295th Guides based in Croftfoot, the Lead Volunteer for the Croftfoot part of Glasgow and I’m an assistant with the Croftfoot Senior Section group.

What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering?

I would say ….. do it! It is the most rewarding thing I do in my life right now. I wouldn’t have made the friends I have, I’d not have seen so much of the world nor had so much fun – Guiding brings out the best in me!

It is so so rewarding – I’m so proud to watch the girls in my groups grow & develop into the awesome young women they are today.