Become a Girlguiding Advocate
Girlguiding’s Advocates, over the past five years, have focused on making a positive difference in the lives of girls on a national level. Tackling issues such as ending sexual harassment in school, campaigning for No More Page 3 and supporting the Girls Matter campaign. By using your voice through Girlguiding, decision makers have had to listen and make your ideas a reality. You could make a positive change for girls everywhere today.
What is Advocate?
Advocate is the national youth panel for Girlguiding - this is a group of 18 Girlguiding members aged 14-25 who identify and examine the issues that young women care about, whilst also representing Girlguiding at the highest level.
‘I absolutely loved my time on the Advocate panel. It not only gave me opportunities and experiences I couldn’t dream of getting elsewhere, but it really shaped me as a person.’ - Katherine Bradfield, Girlguiding Advocate
What do Advocates do?
You’ll join our existing team of nine girls and young women to work with the Advocacy team to develop our campaigns, researching and representing Girlguiding as a national spokesperson. Four times a year, you’ll come together to plan campaigns, whilst also learning about current issues effecting young women and developing research. Outside of meetings, there is the opportunity to attend exciting events in the media calendar.
‘I made friends from all over the UK, travelled across the country, and wrote blogs that would be read by hundreds. My most memorable events include speaking in the House of Lords at a diversity debate, speaking at the Conservative Party Conference two years running on behalf of Girlguiding, and being involved in the launch of Yvette Cooper’s reclaim the Internet campaign.’ - Katherine Bradfield, Girlguiding Advocate
Why should I apply?
This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in women’s rights and to learn more about inequality and how decisions are made at a national level. All of the Advocates are passionate about equality and issues that affect girls and young women. Topics include body confidence, representation of girls and women in media, sex & relationships education, violence against women and girls and many more.
The training you receive will also develop your skills in public speaking, blog writing and networking.
‘As well as making me a lot more open minded, I’m both confident and better equipped in speaking out, and the skills I have gained are invaluable going into my future career.’ - Katherine Bradfield, Girlguiding Advocate
Who can apply?
We are currently recruiting nine new Advocates from across the UK. Any members between the ages of 14-25 can apply.
Although you don’t need to have any specific experience, we are looking for members who are:
- Informed about the issues facing young women today
- Passionate about campaigning
- Keen to speak out on a national stage
We are especially keen to encourage applications from young women currently under-represented on the panel including: black and minority ethnic women; disabled women; and lesbian, bisexual, asexual and transgender women. Do contact us if you have any questions as we really do want you to see how you can become part of Advocate.
If you have a disability which means you are unable to apply online, we may be able to provide another format for you to complete your application. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss this or have any other accessibility requirements.
All travel, accommodation and food expenses are covered by Girlguiding.
For further information and to be taken to the online application form, please click here to be re-directed to the Girlguiding UK website.
Applications close on 30th July. If you have been shortlisted, you’ll hear from Girlguiding by the 12th August. If shortlisted, you will also need to attend an interview between 14th and 19th August.
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to have your voice heard!