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Girlguiding London South West
Part of the UK's leading charity for girls & young women

About Us

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good.


Girlguiding London South West is a member area of Girlguiding UK and covers the London boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth.


We provide a broad and varied programme of fun activities for girls between the ages of 5-25 in 4 different age groups:


Rainbows 5-7 years                  Brownies 7-10 years                  Guides 10-14 years                   The Senior Section 14-25 years


Our groups usually meet once a week in the late afternoon/evening during term time.  Girls will take part in a range of activities including games, arts and crafts, cookery, sport and outdoor/adventurous activities, camping, outings and work towards badges and challenges on a broad variety of subjects such as Circus Skills, Science Investigator, Friend to Animals and Healthy Living.  We have recently won an award for our 'Free Being Me' resource which is delivered by Peer Educators and encourages girls to be body confident.  The Senior Section can get involved with volunteering with the younger girls, peer mentoring or train to be a P.R. spokesperson or Advocate and represent the views of our members to policy makers and the media. There are even opportunities to travel/volunteer abroad. 


Girlguiding is very popular in south west London and there are long waiting lists to join some of our groups.  If you can volunteer with us for 2-3 hours once a week or fortnight, or even on an occasional basis, then you can help us to reduce our waiting lists and enable more girls to benefit from our great programme.  See our volunteering page on this website for more details.


If you are interested in getting experience for a career working with children and young people, would like to make new friends or just want to give something back to the community then contact us to find out more about volunteering with Girlguiding. You will be able to visit one of our age groups to see whether you like it before making a decision to join. You will be able to share your skills and talents and learn new ones - if you are up for it, you may find yourself whizzing down a zip-wire!


All of our groups are run by trained Leaders with enhanced DBS checks.  You don't need any prior experience as you will receive full training and support including First Aid and Safe Space (child protection and health and safety).  You will be able to obtain an evidence based Leadership Qualfication with the  support of a mentor. Most of this can be achieved whilst you are volunteering with a group and will take around 6 months to complete. There is no essay writing involved! We aim to have 2 or more people with the Leadership Qualification at our groups so that responsibilites can be shared and we can enable more flexible volunteering. 


We are particularly looking for more volunteers in Battersea, Balham, Tooting and Putney where waiting lists are very long.


If you do not want to take up the Leadership Qualification then you can still volunteer as a Unit Helper or Occasional Helper - these roles are equally valuable to us and help us to put together strong volunteer teams.  You can also help with the group's accounts,  be an extra pair of hands for an activity or outing or be the cook on a camping trip.


Young women from the age of 14 can volunteer as a Young Leader and can work towards a Young Leader's Qualification This will be a valuable addition to any C.V or personal statement and also counts towards the adult qualification which they can start from the age of 16.


The service element of the Duke of Edinburgh award can also be gained through volunteering with Girlguiding. 


Whatever role you choose, you can be guaranteed a rewarding and fun experience! 


Finding Us

3 Jaggard Way
Wandsworth Common
SW12 8SG