Volunteer's Week

By Everybody Sport June 1, 2016

Volunteer Programme 2015/16

The Everybody Volunteer programme in 2015-16 has supported 150 people Volunteer in a safe and fun environment, giving them chance to develop skills and gain experience in the Sport & Fitness Industry.

The programme has achieved 4680 hours in total from April 2015 to the end of March 2016, which have been achieved through various different voluntary opportunities including:

  • Disability & Inclusion Sessions
  • Sporting Events (e.g. Sport Relief 2016)
  • Community & School Sports Sessions
  • Local Sports Club support

And many more…

‘Courtney Welch Leisure Development Apprentice’

Courtney Welch joined the Everybody Volunteer Programme to help build her confidence and to find out more about Sports Development, and see if this was the industry she wanted to be involved in.

In July 2015 Courtney applied for the Everybody Leisure Development Apprentice role and was successful due to her understanding of the work we do and also her development in confidence as a person.

Courtney Said…… “Volunteering has helped support me massively on achieving this apprenticeship because it has improved my confidence, my person skills and it has also developed me as a person. If it wasn’t for the everybody volunteer programme I would never have had the confidence and self-belief to achieve what I have and without the support from everyone on the programme I wouldn’t have been able to be where I am today. The volunteer programme gave me that extra courage and determination to achieve anything that I want to.”

‘Julie Brown Wilmslow Business Group Volunteer of the Year’

Julie’s main aim with volunteering is to give to children and teenagers in Wilmslow something to do, to help prevent them from getting involved in anti-social behaviour. The Street Sports Session in Wilmslow would not run without Julie and she attends every week (Tuesday evenings 6.30-7.30pm) come rain or shine. In the winter months they put the flood lights on and use the concrete area for games such as basketball and dodgeball, and in the summer they go on the grass football pitches for rounders, kwik cricket and football.

Since last September Julie has recorded 82 hours for this session, and this is only the half of it. Julie takes time to speak with all the parents on the estates when she sees them to make them aware of any changes to the session and she is proactive on social media linking in with other parents to make them aware of the session. This has shown to work as we had a 3 week break in the summer (when Julie went on holiday) and when we started back we had 20 kids turn up from 6-12 yrs old.

Julie has progressed whilst been with us as she has become qualified in Dodgeball Level 2 which means she can lead the session as a paid coach, but still insists that she does this voluntarily as she is doing this for the benefit of the Children. She also attends CPD courses like First Aid and Safeguarding to ensure the correct health & safety procedure are in place.

‘Nordic Walking Everybody Volunteers of the Year 2015’

Diana Tame & Lorraine Powell have made a huge contribution to the Everybody Trust, the local and wider community by providing regular Nordic Walks, in which people can come along and have a chat with a friendly face, enjoy some nice sights and have a warm drink and chat at the end.

The regular weekly walks that these Volunteers deliver, some weeks is having 16+ people attending which is a great achievement for them. This is mostly due to the fact they have never cancelled a walk over the past 2 years by them working together to book holidays in with each other so that one is always able to cover the walk on their own.

Between them Diana & Lorraine have now clocked up a massive 587 hours of volunteer Nordic Walking, via taster sessions, technique courses, and regular walks.

The Volunteer Programme is the perfect place for you to make a difference in your community. Using the power of sport, leisure and recreation; we want you to join our team to help provide ‘Leisure for Life’. For more information please visit our website: http://everybodypeople.org.uk/volunteering/