As a volunteer your contribution to our sport is vital to us. Our goal, which is aligned to Swim England’s objective of improving the skills and technical capabilities of the aquatics workforce and its ability to innovate, is for the County to have a skilled and sustainable workforce of volunteers who enjoy, feel proud and are recognised for their achievements. So your County makes every effort possible to help you to assist us, without giving more than your time, to ensure our future sucess.
Sports like swimming rely on the skills, knowledge and commitment of its volunteers. When you become a volunteer, you will make a crucial difference to the aquatics community as well as find it a hugely rewarding experience. And it doesn’t matter how old you are or how much experience you have – there are roles at clubs and events for everyone.
Claire Coleman, Swim England’s head of volunteering, said: “Volunteering is for everyone, regardless of how much you know about aquatics. We encourage anyone to get involved no matter what your age or level of experience. Clubs will be grateful for help you can offer, no matter how little or how much time you can contribute. Volunteering can help you learn new skills and qualifications, put existing skills to good use and help make a difference. And it’s also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and have some fun.”
Event Volunteer Hub
Visit the new hub jointly launched by Swim England, British Swimming, Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales. to raise awareness of major event volunteering in aquatics. It details everything from the roles available, the benefits of getting involved and the types of skills that can be gained.
Swim England South West cancelled the Regional Volunteers Development Day 2018 on Saturday 15 September 2018 due to lack of interest. Since then the Regional Club Development Committee have been trialing Volunteer Development Days. Cornwall and Dorset have organised and run successful days and Somerset is looking to run something soon. Topics at the Dorset Development day covered Funding, Young Volunteer Workshop, Safeguarding, Running a club , Governance, Time to Listen and Team Managing. Around 20 people attended each individual workshop which were very well received.
We provide lots of opportunities to develop the skills of Young Volunteers who benefit greatly from their experiences and mentoring. Past Programmes have given wide recognition of our Young Volunteers' achievements and seen a boost to cv's for young people embarking on future careers.
We are again supporting the Swim England South West Young Volunteers Programme aimed at 15* to 25 year old YVs from clubs (* aged 15 in school year). It will run from October 2018 until the end of July 2019, with 25 hours of volunteering to be completed by end of July 2019. The deadline for applications is Sunday 30 September 2018. View and please share details of the Programme within your Club and networks.
These YVs benefitted in 2017-18 from selection.
The Sarah Pusill Young Volunteer Award was introduced by our Past President as a way of rewarding talented and enthusiastic young volunteers from around the County. The perpetual trophy will be held by the winner for a year. We announced the latest award winners at our AGM on 26 May 2018 and promoted their fantastic achievements during Volunteers' Week.
We are delighted that the achievements of Club and County volunteers have received wider recognition:
- Karen Bowen (see video) of Team Bath AS was Swim England's Volunteer of the Year for 2017! Sue Dors and Paul Robbins of Swim England South West presented Karen with a bouquet at the Team Bath AS Meet on November.
- Nikki Hammond, valued J1 official and Officials Co-ordinator for Team Bath AS was Swim England South West Volunteer of the Month in September 2017.
- Ray Warren, County Treasurer and official of Frome Swimming Club was Swim England South West Volunteer of the Month in January 2018.
- John Bolton, Website & Information Officer, was Swim England South West Volunteer of the Month in March 2018.
- Emily Hurley, Coach for Taunton Deane Synchro was Swim England South West Volunteer of the Month in April 2018.
- Chris Metcalfe performs many roles forTeam Bath AS / Keynsham SC and was Swim England South West Volunteer of the Month in June 2018.
- Dave Beament was Swim England South West Volunteer of the Month in September 2018 for his continued volunteering with City of Bristol, Keynsham and the South West Region where he plays a significant part in the development of clubs and swimming.
If you would like nominate a club member for Swim England South West Volunteer of the Month, click here.
What we do
Kelly Podbury, Sue Dors and Alyson Bashford have engaged with Swim England Volunteer Engagement team via its National Forum.
To learn more about what our key County or Regional volunteers do, download Role Descriptions for:
At the 2014 Somerset ASA AGM, Kelly Podbury took over the role of Volunteer Co-ordinator from Fiona Bowen to support our clubs and fantastic volunteers.
Emily Taylor gave a presentation to the General Meeting of Somerset ASA affiliated clubs on behalf of Kelly on 28 Nov 2015 at Ring O'Bells, Ashcott. Please let Kelly know how we can help and share your suggestions to recruit, develop, recognise and retain volunteers in your Clubs.
Somerset ASA is pleased to contribute to bursaries which support development.
Funding is available for UKCC Level 1 and Level 2 Teacher and Coach Education Courses for all disciplines by submitting Swim England South West's application form to nominated County Officer Fiona Bowen. Please indicate on the form in which year you completed a Somerset ASA Young Volunteer Program if you wish to be considered for an additional £50 County bursary for those who did so.
The following resources may also be of use to you:
- Club Volunteer Roles in the Swim England library
- Volunteer Engageement Handbook
- Guide to Supporting Volunteers
- Top Tips for Recruiting Volunteers
- Volunteer Support Guide
Volunteers make a vital contribution to community sport so give them and recruiters the help they need with Sport England's answers to common questions about volunteering.
Would you like to volunteer at some of the biggest aquatic events in the UK? Find out more and how to get involved:
Volunteers are the life and soul of our clubs and communities and it is important that they receive the support they deserve.
From understanding your volunteers' motivations, through to helping them develop in their roles, there are lots of things you can do as a club to support all of your volunteers and deliver a fun, rewarding and meaningful experience to them.
Click on the buttons below for insight and practical tips which can help you manage your club's volunteers. And on behalf of the County Management Committee - a big thank you for giving up your time!