Everybody Volunteers reach 28,000 hour milestone ahead of National Volunteers Week
Everybody Sport and Recreation is making tributes to their volunteers after achieving a target of 28,000 volunteer hours since launch of the Health and Wellbeing Charity in May 2014.
June 1st marked the start of National Volunteers Week 2018, and also the launch of Everybody Sport and Recreation’s #EveryHourCounts pledge campaign which supports volunteers in making valuable contributions to Cheshire East communities with a range of volunteer roles and opportunities.
In May 2014, Everybody set a target to reach 40,000 volunteer hours by 2020 and this year has managed to hit over 28,000 hours! The new #EveryHourCounts pledge is encouraging exsiting and new volunteers to contribute at least 1 hour to support activities and programmes to help people in Cheshire East get active and healthy.
Lee Malkin, Sports Development Manager at Everybody Sport and Recreation commented, “National Volunteers Week is an opportunity for us to thank all our volunteers for the incredible dedication they have shown to supporting individuals, families, groups and clubs in Cheshire.”
He continued, “Our #EveryHourCounts campaign focusses on the idea that just 1 hour of volunteering can make a huge difference. Volunteering is rewarding not just for the volunteer but for the people they are working with. Some of our sessions and activities would not be successful without the support of our volunteers.”
Everybody Sport and Recreation has a variety of volunteering roles available including Community Sports, Holiday Programmes and Events, Office Administration & Programme Management, Disability & Inclusion, Nordic Walking & Orienteering, Leisure Facilities (health and fitness advisors, lifeguards and reception roles) as well as this, external volunteer opportunities through local and regional partners.
Tom Paterson, 26 from Wilmslow volunteers as a Walking Football Coach and has recently secured his dream job as a Wellness and Fitness Advisor, “Volunteering with Everybody has been life-changing for me as not only has it given me the confidence and experience to go out and get a job, but it is also great fun and I have made new friends in the process.”
You can read the full story on Tom here: everybody.org.uk/tom-paterson-reaches-100-hours-of-volunteering/
Abi Painter from Crewe volunteers at Active 8 Hub in Shavington, working with children with disabilities. She has just acheived 250 volunteer hours,
“I volunteer because it can give you a whole range of different opportunities. I get to work with people with various abilities which comes as a reward because you know you have helped someone try new activities and have fun. That’s why I love what I do!”
In the last year, Everybody Sport and Recreation has supported over 170 volunteers aged between 13 and 72yrs. 25 volunteers have received training and qualifications through the Everybody Academy to support their careers and helped 16 volunteers into employment; 12 of which have secured roles at Everybody.
For more information about the volunteering opportunities within Everybody Sport and Recreation and to find out more about the #EveryHourCounts campaign visit https://everybody.org.uk/volunteering/
Notes to Editor
Everybody Sport & Recreation – Everybody Sport and Recreation is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. As a Health and Wellbeing Charity, Everybody Sport and Recreation aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by changing lives through healthy recreation. The charity operates 15 leisure facilities across the Cheshire East region as well as a range of Health, Leisure Development and Outreach programmes and the new Everybody Academy, providing local training and career opportunities. For more information please visit: www.everybody.org.uk or follow on Twitter @ebleisure.
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