Volunteers Week is an annual campaign that runs from 1st-7th June, led by Volunteering England, which celebrates the fantastic contribution that volunteers make across the country. This year the theme for the week is ‘Time to say Thank You.’
The ASA would like to use this week and the time around it to formally and publically thank our aquatic volunteer workforce, and so have a campaign running over the summer to recognise your dedication and contribution to the sport.
A group of swimmers from Kingston upon Hull Swimming Club have raised £495 from a sponsored swim in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The swimmers, who are students at several schools across Hull and the East Riding, decided to join forces with a sponsored swim at their club, KUHSC.
The ASA NE region have been working in partnership with Durham County Council to review their learn to swim programme across the six pools operated by the County. The outcome of the review has been the development of the AquaLearn brand, which follows the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway incorporating the swimmers journey. AquaLearn is delivered as a continuous programme with swimmers progressing as they achieve key milestones. Monthly direct debit or quarterly payment options have been introduced with the added value of unlimited swimming to ensure all the AquaLearn swimmers have the opportunity to swim aside from their lessons. Christine Golightly, Northumberland and Durham President, and the Trunx joined Splashy Durham's new swim scheme mascot to launch AquaLearn.
Northumberland & Durham SA are looking for a volunteer to take on the updating and maintenance of the NDSA website. Ideally you should have some knowledge and experience of creating and managing a website and have a few hours spare each week to ensure the site remains current. We would initially want someone prepared to commit to a minimum period of 6-12 months, plus a handover to a new administrator after that if necessary. A financial retainer & appropriate expenses will be available subject to discussion.
Following the successful creation of the National Youth Forum, the ASA Volunteer Engagement Team are now looking to create a National Volunteer Forum. This will be a creative group consisting of representatives from each region who will come together to give local level volunteers a voice at a national level, and feed into the ASA work plans. We therefore have an exciting new opportunity for our volunteers to be involved in!