Volunteers

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.”

Volunteer Network Support Package Launch and Development Morning for Volunteer Coordinators

Launch of the Volunteer Coordinator Network Support Package

8 Sept 2019 from 10-12.30pm in Taunton. 
View details. Please RSVP now to attend this free event. Everyone who attends will have access to Swim England's new resource pack for Volunteer Coordinators.

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. Click on the pointing finger icon (top right) on each of the three interactive images below to reveal more information on each role.

 

Management Team Roles

 

Team Members Roles

 

Starter Roles

 

Register your interest as an Event Volunteer.

Volunteer Development

The Swim England South West Club Development Committee has 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. 

Young Volunteers

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.

Before the deadline for applications we hope to be in a position to support again the Swim England South West Young Volunteers Programme aimed at 15* to 25 year old YVs from clubs (* aged 15 in school year). The programme will run from September 2019 until the end of July 2020, with 25 hours of volunteering and a log book to be completed by end of July 2020.  View details announcing the Programme to suppor your Club and networks.

Our 2018-19 Young Volunteers will be hoping to emulate their 2017-18 YVs who are ready inspiring colleagues with their enthusiasm and to their Clubs for providing opportunities to develop their skills.

Somerset Young Volunteer of the Year

Thank you for telling us who you feel deserves to be recognised for their volunteer work, on poolside or behind the scenes in your Club. 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 2018/19 winners at our AGM and publicised their value during Volunteers' Week. View our 2017/18 award winners at our AGM on 26 May 2018.

Achievements

 

We are delighted that the achievements of Club and County volunteers have frequently received wider recognition:

Volunteer Now!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, please contact Fiona Bowen, County Secretary (fiona@bowenfamily.me.uk)

President Kelly Podbury has been our County Volunteer Co-ordinator since 2014 but stepped down from this role in May 2019. Please download and share this advert for someone to take on the role . We encourage our affiliated Clubs to engage fully and help fill this important vacancy to support our fantastic volunteers across the County.

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 us know how we can help and share your suggestions to recruit, develop, recognise and retain volunteers in your Clubs.

What Swim England South West Swimming Committee and Sub Committee Volunteers Do

Please click on the relevant role to view the full job description:
Swimming Committee Secretary
Swimming Committee Finance Controller
Admin & Events Co-Ordinator
Regional Licencing Officer
Officials Committee Secretary
Regional Technical Officials Training & Development Co-Ordinator
Coaches Committee roles & Duties of Secretary/Coaches Administrator
Meet Manager role
Masters Committee Secretary

Bursary Funding

Somerset ASA is pleased to contribute to bursaries which support development.
Bursary application
Funding is available for ASA / UKCC Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Teacher and Coach Education Courses for all disciplines by submitting Swim England South West's application form to nominated County Officer Colin Christmas (and remember to copy in the Regional Finance Officer) . 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. Please get in touch with Colin (contact details) should you require assistance.

Click to obtain information on Development Funding for Clubs.

Why not make contact with Colin (contact details) for help with your volunteering need?

 


Workforce Diagram

The following resources may also be of use to you:

Volunteers' Week offers an opportunity to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year. Please make sure your Club takes full advantage of the publicity Volunteers Week generates to help recruit, acknowledge, thank and retain volunteers.

Other Resources:

 

Ever wonder what your organisation could achieve with the help of a few extra pairs of hands? And what if they were passionate, skilled individuals full of new ideas and energy?

If that sounds of interest, make sure you check out this Volunteer Finder . It's a simple online tool which will match you with the right volunteers from the 200,000 who are browsing the site every month. Whether you are looking for help with a one off event or you need a long term commitment, your new workforce is waiting for you.

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!

Finding Volunteers

 

Explore resources on the Club Matters website.

Keeping Volunteers

 

Explore resources on the Club Matters website.

Developing Volunteers

 

Explore resources on the Club Matters website.