Connect your community by becoming an Everybody Volunteer

By Matthew Shannon June 1, 2023

Media Release

Connect your community by becoming an Everybody Volunteer

Lee Malkin (left) Sports Development Manager with Susan Whiteley (right) Everybody Volunteer at Everybody Health and Leisure

Lee Malkin (left) Sports Development Manager with Susan Whiteley (right) Everybody Volunteer at Everybody Health and Leisure

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, Everybody Health and Leisure are sharing what their volunteers love about volunteering, as well as raising awareness of their current opportunities including a new opportunity, Community Connector role.

Everybody Health and Leisure has been selected as one of 10 trusts across the country, to deliver a brand new Sport England funded volunteering programme, as part of phase 2 of the Active Kindness project.

Community Leisure UK (CLUK) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have partnered up to ensure that the Active Kindness project makes a difference to volunteers across the country.

Lee Malkin Sports Development Manager at Everybody Health and Leisure Shared:

“This is a great project to be a part of, it is helping us to launch the new volunteer role, Community Connectors. Volunteering has many benefits; however, the key benefits of this role are the social and physical elements. The Community Connector role is looking to help reduce social isolation of people within our community, but will also reduce isolation for the volunteer themselves, as our sport and activity sessions focus around being social and fun.”

Everybody’s new Community Connector Volunteer will be vital in helping people to socialise within the local community and encourage people to become more active. Everybody are looking for volunteers that can actively encourage, motivate and support participants attending various sport and activity sessions.

Sue Whiteley, an Everybody Volunteer shared her experience of becoming a volunteer, “I got so much out of walking netball that I wanted to give something back. It means that being a volunteer I can, through example, encourage other people to consider volunteering.”

The focus of this role is on social and inclusivity, offering a welcoming smile with lots of laughter, as a connector you will be making the difference. Everybody have recorded an amazing 46,071 volunteer hours 92% towards their ambitious target of reaching 50k volunteer hours by the end of March 2024.

Current Everybody Volunteer Ian Towers shared:

“Volunteering makes me feel good, it’s not just helping people, it helps me to, I am retired, I have the time to do it and it is something positive I can do with my time.”

Left - Ian Towers current Everybody Volunteer

Left – Ian Towers current Everybody Volunteer

Everybody Health and Leisure have a volunteer programme which supports 70 volunteers who help deliver a wide range of activities, including swimming lessons, walks leaders, helping in their Taste for Life café, supporting disability and inclusion activities and getting involved with holiday programmes.

Christine Percival, Volunteer at Everybody shared:

“My favourite part of Volunteering is meeting people, listening to them and encouraging them to get involved. It’s the best way to spend some spare time because the more you give the more you get back!”

Christine Percival Everybody Volunteer

Christine Percival Everybody Volunteer

If you would like to give something back to your community, encourage people to be active, help people to socialise, offer a welcoming smile, why not become an Everybody Volunteer today? To find out more please visit


Notes to Editor

Everybody Health and Leisure are a registered charity which aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by improving the health and wellbeing of local communities. The charity operates 16 leisure facilities including 9 swimming pools and 7 Taste for Life cafes across the Cheshire East region, and delivers a range of targeted health, sports and disability and inclusion programmes. For more information please visit: or follow on Twitter @ebleisure.

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