Volunteering

Volunteer Spotlight – Georgie Whyte

 

SportsAble has an amazing team of Sports Enablers who all work together to help make sport accessible and available to all our members, their families and friends, both on and off-site.

Georgie Whyte has been one of our swimming volunteers since May 2016. She has come from a family of SportsAble Volunteers and regularly helps at both our Thursday Junior swim Sunday Evening swim sessions.

Here we speak to Georgie about her volunteer role:

Why did you decide to volunteer with SportsAble? My eldest sister joined SportsAble as a swimming volunteer and from listening to her experiences I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

What have you learnt from volunteering with SportsAble? I have gained confidence in myself to help other people and to chat to members that I am helping.

What have you achieved while volunteering for SportsAble? I’ve made new friends from different years of our school as well as from other schools. The people I help are so friendly and grateful and I am so happy that I have gained new people in my life that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I also spent a half term week on a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, which I passed, and this is something I would never have done if it wasn’t for SportsAble

What would you say to anyone who wants to volunteer for SportsAble in the future? Everyone should just give it a try and see if it is something they would like to do. I have gained so much from being a volunteer and it is rewarding to everyone who takes part.

Sharon Bridge, the swimming coach, says: “Georgie has taken part in one of our Hexathlons as part of a team that included some of our junior disabled swimmers. She was a fantastic help to them throughout the day. She also helped at a junior Swimming Gala run by Cerebral Palsy Sport in Winchester. She is calm and confident with the junior swimmers and some of them had never been in a gala before, so having a familiar volunteer really helped their confidence.”

Volunteering at SportsAble

Our active and lively club couldn’t survive without the dedication and commitment of our loyal volunteers who support our athletes, events and fundraising activities, help the charity retain its ranking as one of the top inclusive sports clubs of its kind in the country. We like to call them Sports Enablers.

You too could help make a huge difference to us, by volunteering with events, street collections, and participation in sports and activities. In return SportsAble will help you:

  • learn new skills – and qualifications where appropriate
  • make new friends and contacts
  • get active and involved in sport
  • have fun – we have lots of this at SportsAble!

No sporting or volunteering experience required, just a desire to help and plenty of enthusiasm. We will help you find your best volunteering opportunity and support you all the way.

For more information please call 01628 627 690  and speak to Ben Harris or email volunteers@sportsable.co.uk

We are currently looking for volunteers in:

Fundraisers

As a voluntary, charitable organization without the help of any central support, funding is entirely through our own efforts and remains our biggest issue.  We really need volunteers to help with collections at high-profile events.

Craft Club

Our members really enjoy getting together and crafting, but at the moment we don’t have a volunteer with this skill set. If this sounds like you could help in this area, please do get in contact.

Bar work

We have lots of events for members and non-members which are vital to raising funds for the charity. Our bar is open during events and we require the help of experienced bar workers. If you would like to help, let us know.

Transport – Minibus/Van Drivers

Transport is a very important aspect of our operations as well as for the mobility of our disabled members and their sports equipment.  We have the use of our own minibus as well as third party transport.  We are seeking to add to our group of volunteer drivers – appropriate training will be provided as needed.

Sport and Recreation

We urgently need energetic, sport-loving individuals to join our sports support team to deliver the varied sports activities each week. As well as running sports sessions at our sports centre we have a very busy Outreach Programme where we visit schools, hospitals and other centres where we introduce disabled people to sport.