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sliceofrice

Veteran (100+ posts)
#1
I am a YL with a guide unit and we have 2 UH but I really don't know anything about their roles and what they are suppose to do. Can anyone help? I was wondering what are they suppose to do, do they pay census, should they be crb checked, should they go to planning meetings? I don't want to ask our guider because I thnk it would be a bit rude.
Any help would be appreciated. :)
 

jayjay

Guide and Ranger Guider
#2
Unit Helpers are members of GGUK, although they don't have to make the Promise if they don't want to, which means you do pay census for them. They don't wear uniform like Guiders - though there is a new T-shirt or tie introduced this month for them to wear so they look like they belong - not uniform though.
All adults who regularly attend meetings/activities/camp, or might ever be left alone with a child, should be CRB checked, which includes unit helpers.
As for their role - I think it's a bit less formal and involved that a Guider's. They don't attend district meetings for example - but if your unit invites them to unit planning meetings then that's down to you - personally I would invite them, as it would help them to feel part of them team and another person's ideas are always valuable!
 

Swallowtail

RG, ABG, DC, RA and Mentor
#4
I don't think it would be rude to ask the Guider - in the ALQ there's a bit about identifying how the Unit Team is made up and how that fits within the whole structure of District/Division/County/Region or Country. Does the YL qualification (Making it Count?) not have something similar?

Unit Helpers are members of the Unit Team, and I always attended District meetings as a UH before doing the ALQ (mind you we are a small district with only 6 units!)
 

jim

Moderator
GuiderPlus
#5
as a unit helper I do anything that needs doing from helping with badge work,
games ,making drinks, collect subs at beginning of term ,gift aid, test some badges teach first aid, take the girls for cooking out and occasionaly inside
open up and set up unit computer maintain it and keep an eye on its use .
add to number of adults when going on trips I am also a contact for the unit
I have been CRB ed I do attend meetings like district general meeting
I do anything that needs doing or am asked to do think that is what is called a general dogs body lol
I
 

sliceofrice

Veteran (100+ posts)
#6
oooh, interesting. So attending district meetings depends upon your district really?
I'm not doing the Making It Count becuase I'm 17 and working towards my warrant (not long to go now :) ) So I'm not sure whether there is anything about the roles, ill have a nose in my ALQ book though - I really should read it more....
Awww poor you Jim, but you are much loved!
Thanks for your help everybody. :)
 

jim

Moderator
GuiderPlus
#7
helps to keep you feeling young (er) wouldnt know what to do on a wednesday nightif i didnt do it
being retired helps as well
 

woodyowl

Forum Mod, Guide GIC, Rainbow GIC,
Staff member
GuiderPlus
Moderator
#8
Jim
Also probley a bit of a male role model for those who do not have one.
 

vickey

Veteran (100+ posts)
#9
You do not have to pay census for unit Helper's only if they become affiliate members and want to get Guiding magazine.
Roles vary unit to unit and District to District but everyone agrees that UH are highly valued!


Our District (unofficially) lets UH wear the Guiders polo providing they wear the UH tab. They are also welcome to District meetings - in fact anything a Guider goes too!
 

jim

Moderator
GuiderPlus
#10
being a male does have some advantages as well as disadvantages the girls trust me and will tell me things and ask things they wont ask other people
as long as you are truthfull with them and dont do anything to spoil that trust
they will keep comming back and they pass the trust on to other girls i will have a quiet word with mums if I think they should be informed but i ask them not to let the girls know I have told them as they spoke to me in confidence
and this is usualy agreed to by parents as long as they are kept informed they are happy for me to listen to the girls problems etc
 

woodyowl

Forum Mod, Guide GIC, Rainbow GIC,
Staff member
GuiderPlus
Moderator
#12
yes I think we all need a Jim in our packs
I was asked a few months ago, can men be leaders I explained they can be unit helpers.
They asked but doesn’t that course problems, I replied - why should it?

This attitude really gets to me, I think men are just as good a leader as us women
And can provide lots to the pack that we cant

Lots of my girls are from single parent families where they no longer see dad, this is a great chance to get a male positive role model that’s much needed.
 

bryony

Guide and Ranger Guider
Staff member
GuiderPlus
Moderator
#13
I agree Woody and Catdrew - don't judge someone until they have shown how much they can help the unit!

I know a bloke who was a UH at his daughters brownie unit but got so fed up with being perceived to be doing it for the wrong reasons he left - a real loss...
 

yzz

Veteran (100+ posts)
#14
I unit-helper and not yl do but help out with rainbow I hear one yl don't want deef rainbow guides know sign lauguage well both bsl and markton wound if could set special unit for these Rainbow guides as clearn nomal leader can't cope with learn difficult and hard of heard what would do?
 

yzz

Veteran (100+ posts)
#15
secert when when first unit-helper did not know yl did so work both waysbut soon find out. I afraid to ask.
 

Mother_Hen

Veteran (100+ posts)
#16
yzz, I think there is enough segregation in the world of learning difficulties as it is. We need to be helping the leaders understand any girl with a impairment, physical difficulty, whatever.
As an assistant headteacher in a special school I believe there is a place for highly specialised individualised teaching and learning, but there is also a place for girls being girls together whatever their abilities.
You are very valuable in helping others understand difficulties as you are able to explain when you have had problems. Keep on doing what you are doing, and gently help to teach the other Guiders especially your BSL / Makaton skills.
 

yzz

Veteran (100+ posts)
#18
I nomal rainbow guides unit as unit-helper at movment but afraid say BSL / Maketon skills are not use could forgot skills don't use them soon sorry you see five years old rainbow can't read so me do sign lauguage the rainbow guides won't understand at why I want help with browines guides because 7 - 10 years old hopeful can read but this secret use read book e.g famous five and secert seven just move up read the house and boy by c.s lewis so just move up read level but feel let guider and young leaders down but enjoy learn new skill still hear noughting about trefoild guilds but darcy at my dog been chew the post.she never done that before.
 

yzz

Veteran (100+ posts)
#19
FEW new children start with Rainbow guides with learning difficulties and have be turn away from two Rainbow guides unit because no unit-helper know markton sign laungue and be turn away with learning difficulties so now our unit will have 19 Rainbow guides then be full up till May but my promble is not confidece use sign Lauager In Rainbow why all parant watch through door.so can get more confidene in sign lauager as stoke markton not local markton sign lauager so how can get self more cofidece use sign lauager in Rainbow guides?