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CELEBRATE 2018 VOLUNTEER WEEK

This June, we're getting behind Volunteers' Week to celebrate the positive contribution that volunteers play in supporting sport and physical activity.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of sport and physical activity. Every year over 6 million people volunteer their time and expertise to help make sport happen for people in communities across the country. They make an enormous difference and most sport and physical activity simply couldn't take place without them. This includes those who give their time to coaching.

The theme of the 2018 Volunteers' Week campaign is 'Volunteering for all' – so we'll also be using the week to encourage organisations to consider how they can make volunteering in sport and physical activity more inclusive and share good practice to inspire others.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

1) Send us the story of a brilliant volunteer

Do you know of any volunteers that would be willing to be feature in our Volunteer Ambassadors Campaign? Bring to life what people love about volunteering in sport, why they get involved, and the positive impact it has. We are particularly interested in sharing the stories of people volunteering in sport and physical activity from diverse backgrounds and of those with an unexpected or newsworthy story to tell. Send us the story of a brilliant volunteer by using the Volunteer Profile Form attached along with a photo to Jackie.Browne@firstforwellbeing.co.uk

2) Get social

Social media is a great way to spread the word about how important volunteers are to your organisation and sporting activity. Think about how you can use your social media channels to thank volunteers and share their stories and images.

Don't forget to tag @Nsport and use the hashtag #volunteersweek

This year NCVO (the organisation behind Volunteers' Week) has chosen Wednesday 6 June to shine the spotlight on volunteering in sport. This is when we expect there to be the most online buzz around volunteering in sport. So if you only get involved on one day, why not make it the Wednesday? Sign up to the Volunteers' Week website for resources and ideas to help make your Volunteers' Week a success.

3) Promotion of local volunteer opportunities

Whilst we are celebrating and shining the spotlight on volunteering, it's an ideal opportunity to promote local volunteer programmes and volunteer recruitment campaigns. Send us some information about your programmes and campaigns and we'll do our very best to try and promote them via our social networks and website. Email: Jackie.Browne@firstforwellbeing.co.uk

4) Identification and possible recruitment of Volunteer Inclusion Ambassadors

We are also going to use Volunteer Week to start identifying people with disabilities, sensory impairments and mental health conditions to potentially become our 'Volunteer Inclusion Ambassadors' in a project replicating one that's been successfully piloted by Active Essex that you can find out more about on their website

If there's anyone you are aware of in your respective areas who you feel may be suitable for and potentially interested in being involved in this programme then please email their details through to Graeme.Wilson@firstforwellbeing.co.uk.

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