Sport England have just released a number of funding streams to develop volunteers and volunteering opportunities across the UK, not necessarily focussed upon the typical sports experience.
As they state:
“We’re looking to strike a balance between investing in existing, proven ways of delivery and finding new and innovative ideas. Our aim is to find solutions capable of delivering game changing results. Remember, we are not necessarily looking for a typical ‘sporty’ experience. While sport and physical activity should be involved, it doesn’t have to be the sole focus. For instance, projects could look to engage young people to share their IT skills with the local sports club, improving its overall efficiency and management. Or maybe you want to organise a regular fun run to raise money for the local hospice – aside from the running, there are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to develop skills in marketing, photography, logistics, catering… We’re open to any ideas which can use sport or physical activity to engage people in volunteering or social action. Simply put, we’re looking for brilliant ideas”.
“We want to invest in projects that provide meaningful volunteering opportunities, offering individuals engaging, rewarding and enjoyable experiences. Of course, what this looks like will vary from person to person, so we’re looking for projects that consider people’s individual needs and aspirations and ensure they have the right support to get the most from the experience. We also want projects to demonstrate a double benefit; a positive impact on the wider community. That might mean anything from projects that help to achieve cleaner parks and river banks, to improved community relations as a result of an inter-generational project, or the re-integration of ex-offenders into the community”.
Projects will need to demonstrate the dual benefit of volunteering, for the individual and for their community, by improving:
- mental well being
- individual development, or
- social and community development.
For more information on the range and type of volunteer funding from Sport England click here.