Volunteer engagement

Volunteers are the life blood of sport. If it wasn’t for the incredible numbers of people who offer up their precious time to enable disabled people to do sport - be it in a formal or an informal setting, sport for disabled people, like most community sport, wouldn’t exist.

A volunteer, who is a wheelchair user, refereeing on a boccia court

These incredible volunteers might organise training activities once a week, coach a wheelchair basketball team, run a swimming club or even serve the teas at their local multi-sport club. They are all making sport happen.

EFDS is committed to getting more disabled people involved in sport and physical activity, whether as participants or as part of the workforce. Even if you can only spare a few hours, it really does make all the difference.

Do you want to help make it happen?

EFDS aims to increase the number of disabled people who are active. In order to do this, communities need a workforce of volunteers with a positive attitude and the right skills, to make a difference.

Volunteers in sport vary greatly. They are of all ages and backgrounds with different skills and experiences and are certainly not all sport enthusiasts!

Volunteers give up their time for different reasons. They could be parents with children in clubs; people who don’t want to take part in sport by themselves, others could be looking for a road into a career in sport.

Supporting more disabled people to be volunteers?

Disabled people should be able to access your volunteer opportunities. You can work in partnership with local organisations and businesses to help disabled people be active volunteers and contribute to their community.

Below are a few links to volunteers agencies detailing opportunities in your area:

http://www.volunteering.org.uk

https://www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering/i-want-to-volunteer

https://do-it.org/

https://vinspired.com

http://sported.org.uk/become-a-volunteer

https://www.joininuk.org/

http://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/

http://www.volunteering-wales.net/

http://www.volunteerscotland.net/

EFDS supporting resources

EFDS has a variety of resources to support you when working with disabled people in sport. These include training and support 

Sainsbury's Active Kids for All Inclusive Community Training

Past programmes:

Advocacy and Activity Buddy Scheme

Young Officials

Inspire to Lead

 

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer, please contact us