Pears Foundation is an incredibly supportive, involved partner and we are grateful for their expertise and guidance as we progress with the Space to Grow Together project. Our volunteers are absolutely at the heart of Girlguiding and with the Foundation’s support, we have the opportunity to develop a new recruitment and retention model, which will create a lasting legacy for our membership of over 500,000.Angela Salt, CEO,
We are proud to support Girguilding. With over half a million members, including adult volunteers, it is one of the institutions that form the backbone of British society. It is open and accessible to girls and women from all walks of life, encouraging them to get involved in their communities and make a positive contribution.Sir Trevor Pears CMG
Girlguiding is the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women, giving them a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. With over half a million members aged 5-25 and around 100,000 volunteers, Girlguiding is active across the UK. Through the creation of girl-led space and the various activities available, Girlguiding supports and develops their members’ character and resilience.
The Foundation’s partnership with Girlguiding began in 2013 as the organisation was looking to develop a new strategic plan. They knew from previous research that their programmes had a positive impact on the lives of the girls and young women, but they lacked the detailed understanding of their impact which would enable the organisation to grow, improve and support its members. This led to the Foundation’s support of a large Impact Research Project to inform their strategy moving forwards, now published as ‘Being our Best: Girlguiding’s Plan for 2020’.
Pears Foundation continues to support Girlguiding in the implementation of their new strategy and their commitment to widening access, reaching out to new communities and establishing groups in under-served areas. The Foundation is currently supporting a pilot recruitment and retention model for volunteers in West Essex that will involve a review of all aspects of the recruitment process. It is hoped that the findings will inform the volunteering process nationally, ensuring that access is improved and that girls from a diverse range of backgrounds can benefit from the opportunities provided by Girlguiding.
This partnership, empowering young girls and expanding volunteering opportunities in communities, expresses the Foundation’s belief in the importance of active citizenship and the dual benefit it can bring for both an individual and their community.