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Volunteers’ Week – Recognise and Recruit

Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign that runs from 1-7 June, led by Volunteering England, and celebrating the fantastic contribution that volunteers make across the country.

This year the theme for the week is 'Recognise and Recruit '.

The ASA would like to use this week and the time around it to formally and publically thank our aquatic volunteer workforce.

And we're not the only ones. Check out the video at the top of this page for more.

Making A Difference

In recognition of Volunteers’ Week, the ASA will also be sending a special edition of the volunteering newsletter Making a Difference all about you, the volunteers. Is there a volunteer you think deserves a special mention?  Is there a group of people that go the extra mile to make a difference? Tell us all about it by sending your stories, videos and pictures of your star volunteers in action to volunteering@swimming.org for your chance to feature.

The deadline for your photos and stories is Monday 19 May – if you need inspiration take a look at some of the great stuff we received for Volunteers’ Week 2013 or in 2013’s Volunteers’ Week special edition of Making a Difference. This year marks Volunteers’ Week’s 30th year, so the theme of ‘30’ will also play a part.

There are a number of resources available to help clubs support volunteers including our volunteer support guide, your Guide to the World Wide Web from the ASA, a ‘Thank You’ certificate template, a press release template and the ASA Guide to Recruiting Volunteers.

Check out what is happening during Volunteers’ Week by clicking the buttons below.

Interested in volunteering?

volunteering interest formIf you have been thinking about volunteering at your local club then simply fill out our expression of interest form by clicking the Volunteer Now! button. There is a chance to make new friends and learn new skills by becoming a volunteer and it doesn't matter what age you are.

If you want to find out more about volunteering and the opportunities and training available to you click here.

Selfie competition

As selfie-mania takes over the world, the ASA invites you to send us your best selfie in a fun place with an essential volunteering item. You could be at the pool with your stopwatch, or on a beach somewhere exotic with your laptop. Your entry should be accompanied by your name, the name of your club and a few sentences about the role you do.

The most creative selfie will win a Speedo Aquabeat 2.0 4GB underwater MP3 Player. Entries open from 1 – 7 June 2014.

Club competition

We are giving you the chance to get creative and win a Kodak PlaySport Full HD hand held video camera for your club.

Send us your most inspired image of the people that give their time to your club. Your picture will be judged on creativity, originality and effort. There are no rules on the number of people, the setting or the equipment you can use.

Your entry should be accompanied by the name of your club and a few sentences about it. Entries open from 1 – 7 June 2014.

Taster sessions

To showcase the volunteering opportunities available in your club or swim school, why not run a taster session for new volunteers to come and get a feel for what goes on.

This could be a ‘have a go’ session during Volunteers’ Week or you could run a demonstration led by a small group of volunteers, outlining what the role involves and giving potential new volunteers a chance to ask questions and meet those involved in the club or school.

For a taster session to work it needs to be widely promoted so people are aware of it and you reach new volunteers.  Please see our recruitment guide for ideas of where you can advertise volunteer vacancies and taster sessions.

Take your buddy to work

Bring a friend along to a training session or competition who has never volunteered before. This means new volunteers don’t face the potentially daunting task of approaching a club or swim school themselves, and can provide a fun and welcoming atmosphere as they get to volunteer with a friend.

The new volunteers can do the same role as their buddy, or a different role, depending on their skills and interests.

You can designate a specific session for this, or open up all sessions during ‘Volunteers’ Week’.

We would love to hear what you’re doing to welcome new volunteers, so send us your stories and pictures to volunteering@swimming.org

What you can do to say 'thank you'

Why do our volunteers give up hours of their time to stand on a hot sweaty poolside?

Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club’s volunteers tell us why they do what they do, and what you can get out of volunteering within aquatics!

Rushmoor Royals Swimming Club showcase how they recruit, train and manage their volunteers to ensure a happy, skilled workforce.  Watch their video below for some handy hints and tips!

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