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Volunteer Profile - Dawn Short

What do you do?

I am the leader of 2nd Monifieth Guides and have had this role for over 20 years.

In the past, I have run Brownies in Southampton and Carnoustie, and also had a couple of stints as District Commissioner. I was a Brownie, Guide and Young Leader before completing the adult leadership scheme, making a total of over 30 years as a Girlguiding volunteer.

Why do you do it?

I had a great time and experienced lots of fun opportunities as a Brownie and Guide and I want to give that same opportunity to the girls of today. I believe the opportunities provided by Girlguiding are especially important in today’s fast moving world, and although I try to keep the activities relevant and up to date, the girls love many of the same activities that I did as a Guide. Cooking over fires and playing wide games remain constant favourites!

I enjoy feeling part of a large, inclusive organisation that provides girl only spaces, so important for young women growing up.

What do you get out of it?

I enjoy spending time with the girls and watching them grow in confidence during their time in Guides. Getting to know the girls as individuals is a real privilege.

I have developed many skills through Girlguiding and my favourite of these is the qualification which allows me to take the girls away for residential events - always a high of the year!

What is your day job?

I work part time as a lecturer for the Open University and am currently finishing off my PhD in developmental psychology.

Dawn with some of her Guides



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