Guiding the next generation

Girl Guides Sunbury members enjoying a group activity. (Supplied)

The Sunbury Girl Guides is on the hunt for new adult volunteers as it continues to expand its program in the community.

With branches across the country and in more than 150 other countries, Girl Guides provides an environment for activities and leadership communities for girls aged six to 18.

The popularity of the program in Sunbury has seen the number of young members balloon to 60, meaning the unit is on the lookout for more female helpers to boost the program.

As a Sunbury team leader with 55 years of experience, Annette Swaffield said she’s loved every minute of her volunteering experience.

“I just love working with kids, I’ve been very lucky to be able to do it,” she said.

“I’ve made lifelong friends, not just in Sunbury but across the world.”

Volunteers are responsible for around four to five hours work per week, which includes preparing for, and running activities and providing general support.

“The wonderful thing about this girl-led system is that we’re working towards making them the citizens of tomorrow,” she said.

“So many join Girl Guides as very timid seven-year-olds and you see their confidence grow before your eyes. There is so much joy in watching them blossom.”

Girl Guides Victoria has offered to support all volunteers to obtain their police, working with childrens and first aid check, which are required of the role.


Oliver Lees