Volunteers play an important role in making sport and physical activity happen, from coaching to driving a mini bus, washing the kit, promoting events and supporting activities. Without volunteers many events and activities would fail to run.
At Northampton Leisure Trust we recognise the value that volunteers bring to our events and activities. We provide a variety of opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in and offer support to get people started on their volunteering journey.
Please see below for the range of exciting opportunities to get involved with.
Volunteering is about helping others, making a difference to your local community and having fun. Everyone is different and has a variety of skills and abilities, meaning everyone volunteers for different reasons, these can include:
Learning new skills
Giving something back to your club or community
Extra experience in a field that could lead to potential employment
Making new friends
There are many different forms of sports volunteering from helping deliver sessions, to developing websites and officiating to name but a few.
We can match up your skills and interests to find a suitable placement that you will enjoy and benefit from.
The Northampton Leisure Trust Volunteer Reward Recognition Scheme is designed to allow our volunteers to be recognised for their efforts. Every hour that a volunteer completes is recorded. Some volunteers will volunteer at one off events collecting a few hours each year. Other volunteers collect numerous hours every week throughout the year.
The Volunteer Reward Recognition Scheme allows volunteers to collect certificates and awards for milestone volunteering hours. Milestone awards are outlined below and certificates are issued by the Sport, Health and Play Development Team.
Hours will only be counted that the volunteer does on Northampton Leisure Trust programmes and projects. There is no time limit to a volunteer achieving their hours and all hours must be authorised by a member of Northampton Leisure Trust.
Additionally each year (April to March) the Sport, Health and Play Development Team will select one volunteer to be Volunteer of the Year.
- 25 Hours: Certificate
- 50 Hours: Certificate
- 75 Hours: Certificate
- 100 Hours: Certificate and NLT voucher
- 150 Hours: Certificate and NLT voucher
- 200 Hours: Certificate and Gift Voucher
- Volunteer of the Year: £50 gift voucher.
Congratulations to the following volunteers to have achieved volunteering milestones:
|Pam||Health Walks||75 hours||Jun 2016|
|Barbara||Health Walks||75 hours||Jul 2016|
|Sue||Health Walks||100 hours||Aug 2016|
|Val||Health Walks||75 hours||Sep 2016|
|Eileen||Health Walks||75 hours||Nov 2016|
|Josseline||Health Walks||75 hours||Nov 2016|
|Pauline||Health Walks||75 hours||Nov 2016|
Street Football Coaches - Street Football is a social inclusion project that runs FREE football sessions for young people aged 8 to 18 years of age. Whether you are a qualified coach or not Street Football is a great project to gain some valuable coaching experience.
Health Walk Leaders -The Northampton Health Walk Scheme currently has 14 weekly walks taking place throughout Northampton. To become a qualified health walk leader you will need to attend a FREE 1 day course. Then once you a qualified you are welcome to join one of the existing walks or with our support set up a new walk.
Play Leaders - The Play Rangers are always looking for help at their sessions during the holidays and afterschool. If you have a passion for working with young people then this could be for you.
Family Fun Days- Our Family Fun Days provide various activities including bouncy castles, sports coaching and arts & crafts. We are looking for volunteers to assist with activities, welcoming people, registering on activities and various other roles.
Volunteering Opportunities – external
Race Marshalls (parkrun) - parkrun Northampton takes place every Saturday at the Racecourse at 9am they are always looking for volunteers to help out on the day.
Please see several case studies below outlining the benifts of volunteering with Northampton Leisure Trust
For more information about volunteering please visit the websites below:
http://www.nvconline.org.uk/ - Northampton Volunteering Centre
www.streetgames.org - The sports charity that brings sport to the doorstep of young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK
www.vinspired.com - A place you can find information on National V events.
www.volunteering.org.uk - Provides information on alternative volunteering opportunities.
www.do-it.org.uk - This is the national volunteering database and list a range of volunteering opportunities in your area.
www.timebank.org.uk - TimeBank is a national campaign inspiring and connecting people to share and give time. There are a number of campaigns, including 'be a sport' campaign.
www.northamptonshiresport.org/volunteer - Countywide volunteering opportunities and training programmes
www.joininuk.org - National volunteering information and opportunities