If you are interested in volunteering, there are a number of agencies and organisations out there to help you.
V Inspired, the national young volunteers service, is an independent charity dedicated to helping young people volunteer in ways that matter to them. Its mission is to make volunteering opportunities so diverse, compelling and easy to get involved with that giving up your time to help others becomes a natural lifestyle choice for
16-25 year olds in England. Visit their website here.
They also have a huge database of volunteering opportunities for young people click here
Volunteering England works to support and increase the quality, quantity, impact and accessibility of
volunteering throughout England visit their website here or their volunteering opportunities database here
Contact your student development/student services department within your college for more information on volunteering. Alternatively contact your local volunteering centre. Contact details can be found in the links section.
The Active People 3 Survey indicates that nearly two million adults (1,972,700) contribute at least one hour a week to volunteering in sport. This is 4.7% of the adult population. Does this include you?
If not and you want to get involved, there are lots of opportunities out there for you. Much of sports volunteering consists of coaching, managing, officiating and organising events. However, you don’t have to have one of these roles in order to help the sports sector.
You could be a secretary of a local club, run a club website, help to maintain grass pitches, help with club marketing or school/club links, become a funding officer or other committee member, update facilities by painting changing rooms, produce a match day programme or help organise refreshments on match days. There are a whole host of jobs for you, even though you may not be a keen sportsperson yourself.
Volunteering opportunities in the sports sector can be found through the v database or via the Volunteering England Database http://www.volunteering.org.uk/WhatWeDo/Projects+and+initiatives/volunteeringinsport/
Step into Sport is a sports volunteering and Leadership programme which is run in colleges across the region. Visit our Step into Sport section for more information. The East Midlands Volunteering & Leadership programme is a Regional programme to support and reward student volunteers. Visit EM Vol & Leadership Programme for more information.
An opportunity of a lifetime
For an Opportunity of a lifetime, be part of the games in 2012- Volunteers will make the games happen.
Do you have what it takes to be a ‘games maker’? As a London 2012 Games Maker you will be one of the faces of London 2012, with the chance to show what the UK is all about: excellence, passion and positivity. Set against this truly inspirational backdrop you will build new friendships, develop skills and play an integral role at the heart of the largest event ever staged in the UK.
You will get an official uniform to wear during your shifts, which you can keep after the Games as a souvenir. You will also receive free meal vouchers to redeem during your shifts – volunteering will be hungry work!