Myths about volunteering

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People are often put off volunteering because they believe they would not have the skills or time to give to the role. Read on and see if we can dispel some of these myths.

“I want to help out, but I can’t because I don’t know anything about the sport!” 

You can volunteer regardless of how much you know about aquatics – suitable roles can be found depending on your level of experience and your existing skills. If you are not sure what a role might entail you can work shadow someone for a while or at an event to get more of an idea whether you would be interested.

“If I want to be involved I have to commit to volunteering every week” 

There will be roles to suit different levels of time commitment. Some roles will require a weekly commitment, whereas some could be for a single event. We will be grateful for any help you can offer, no matter how little or how much time you can contribute, and will help to find a role suited to your availability.

“Volunteering is just for older people”

Volunteering is for all ages, and we would encourage you to get involved no matter what your age or level of experience. Young volunteers can bring fresh new perspectives, energy and enthusiasm and have a positive influence on a club’s dynamics. It is healthy for a club to bring in new volunteers and it is important to consider who will be keeping the club running in the future. Combining volunteers of differing ages and levels of experience ensures that an effective club workforce is created. This also helps to bridge the gap between the younger swimmers and the older volunteers.

“I don’t know anyone at the club and I’m afraid it may be cliquey.” 

From the outside it may seem difficult to penetrate what appears to be a cohesive group running the club. However, just ask how you can help and become involved and you will be welcomed with open arms.

“I need to have loads of experience.” 

Not at all! Everyone has to start somewhere and often a fresh perspective on things without the politics of having been involved for a long time helps to look at things in a new way and start to make positive changes.

“I will need to organize and pay for my DBS check”

Some of the roles do not require a DBS check. However, if it does the club will organize this for you and it will be paid for by the club. You cannot transfer an existing DBS check from another organization outside of swimming as Swim England require you to be checked through BHSC.