ASA National Volunteer Forums
The ASA has two volunteer forums; the ASA National Youth Forum and the ASA National Volunteer Forum. Find out more below.
The ASA is committed to ensuring that all volunteers within the organisation across each discipline have a positive and quality volunteer experience. The 2013 ASA Volunteer Engagement strategy outlines our aim to implement the Volunteer Journey in order to develop a skilled and effectively supported volunteer workforce, which are valued, rewarded and encouraged to continue their volunteer experience.
A key factor within the Volunteering Journey is open communication amongst volunteers and ASA/British Swimming staff.
The ASA National Youth Forum (created in 2007) which sits parallel to the ASA National Volunteer Forum (created in 2013) offers the opportunity for proactive and committed volunteers to become further involved with the work of the Volunteer Engagement team. Facilitated by the Young Volunteer Co-Ordinator (Youth Forum) and the Volunteer Development Co-Ordinator (Volunteer Forum) these Forums strive to develop the opportunities for volunteers, and act on a consultation basis across a number of ASA departments.
The ASA National Youth Forum
The ASA National Youth Forum are a group of proactive ASA volunteers who strive to promote positive change within aquatics. The forum works together as a committee to support the ASA to look at ways of encouraging young volunteers to become involved in all aspects of aquatic sport, but also ways to keep them actively involved.
Click here to view the ASA National Youth Forum page
The forum consists of a maximum of 12 young volunteers at any one time, aged 16-25. The forum aims to have a positive impact on the young people involved in the swimming community, from athletes to officials and volunteers, their voice will be heard.
The ASA National Volunteer Forum
The National Volunteer Forum is a group of proactive volunteers aged 26+ from across the country who come together to feed into the ASA Volunteer Engagement Team. The forum allows more relevant and rewarding programmes, resources and opportunities to be devised for volunteers, creating a greater feeling of ownership and helping retain our volunteers in the sport.
The forum members will act as representatives for your local area, raising issues that are important to you so that they can be addressed, and solutions incorporated into the national volunteering work plan of the ASA. Through this we are aiming to create a network of volunteers across all the aquatic disciplines, recruiting more volunteers into the sport and ensuring the ones we have are rewarded and retained.
Click here to view the ASA National Volunteer Forum page
The forum will also work closely with other networks of volunteers, such as the County Volunteer Coordinator Network, to ensure that there is a cohesive approach and all volunteers are aware of and able to benefit from any projects that the group work on.