Volunteers’ Week 2015
Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign that runs from 1-7 June, led by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, to celebrate the fantastic contribution that volunteers make across the country.
The ASA would like to use this week and the time around it to formally and publically say THANK YOU to our aquatic volunteer workforce.
And we're not the only ones who would like to say thanks. Check out the video at the top of this page for more.
Start your celebrations by joining our twitter party from the 1st - 7th June. Taking part is easy! Follow the @ASAaquatics twitter account and send your thank you messages to your volunteers using #volunteersweek.
Share your experiences on social media using #ivolunteer. We want to hear what you do and what motivates you.
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.
There are a number of resources available to help clubs support volunteers including:
- Volunteer Support Guide
- Guide to Social Media
- 'Thank You’ Certificate Template
- Press Release Template
- ASA Guide to Recruiting Volunteers.
For more information and Volunteers' Week resources, head to the official Volunteers’ Week website
Interested in volunteering?
If 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 or how experienced you are.
If you want to find out more about volunteering and the opportunities and training available to you click here.
Other ideas for Volunteers' Week 2015
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 or around the time of 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 please send us your stories and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.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!