Volunteering Award supported by Join In

The Volunteering Award will celebrate clubs/programmes that makes volunteering accessible to people from all backgrounds and have recruitment and retention programmes in place to actively reward and thank their volunteers. 

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We’d like to thank everyone who has entered the Volunteering Award this year. We’re delighted to announce that the top three entries have been invited to our awards lunch on 15 March. Bookings will be opening in the coming weeks, so check back here for more information.

The final three are;

Active Surrey                 

The schools team within Active Surrey department has developed a progressive leadership programme, with the intention of enhancing the skills of future volunteers, increasing pupils' extracurricular opportunities and engaging the inactive. In 2018-19 our leadership programme extends from ‘My first steps into leadership’ for ages 6-8 right up to the Surrey Young Coach Academy for ages 15-19. Over the past few years the leadership programme has had a profound impact on reducing inactivity levels across Surrey. This includes over 117 PhysiFUN/Change4Life style clubs running in Surrey, which equated to over 1000 participants taking part in these clubs.

Loughborough University

The Loughborough University Coach & Volunteer academy (CVA) provides our community with valuable sport-based coaching, volunteering and leadership opportunities to enhance their experience and personal development. They offer a range of opportunities for the community to get involved in several different strands, all designed to develop and enhance both employability and softer skills needed for a successful career in the sports industry and beyond.

In 2017-2018, the CVA offered 450 voluntary opportunities to over 1300 volunteers. Out of these, 514 volunteers logged 48,368 hours of sports volunteering. Through the CVA Annual Impact Report and more specifically through the CVA Graduate & Alumni Survey, we found that out of the 328 CVA volunteers who graduated in 2017, 98% went straight into either employment or further education, with 63% going into employment within sport. More importantly when asked which were the top skills that were developed through the CVA, the responses showed that ‘Developing Personal Skills, Developing Professional Skills and Providing Relevant Experience for a CV’ were the top three areas highlighted.

Northumbria Sport

Northumbria University Sport’s Student Development Programme is one big family. From September 2017 to August 2018, the programme has actively engaged over 297 students through volunteering and internships, who logged over 9000 hours of delivery.

Their aim is to offer something for everyone with over 80 unique volunteer opportunities available to all 30,000 students at Northumbria University no matter what their background or sporting ability. They make sure that students enjoy, develop and recognise their contributions along their volunteer journey.

They work with their Students’ Union societies to reach out to different groups e.g. LGBT and we have established a new mental health referral programme with Student Support and Wellbeing, which involves students with mental health issues being referred to the programme, with individualised mentoring support.

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