Young Volunteers Sailing for Success
As January comes to a slow close, our team of young volunteers are about to embark on another chapter of their journey of personal development. Saturday 1st February, marks the start of the month of Rugby for the M400: Get Active campaign, with a mass-participation event hosted in Plymouth City Centre.
As a Trust, we recognise the 5 key benefits of a voluntary experience highlighted by Sport England. Working with young volunteers provides us with the opportunity to engage with the next generation of people willing to undertake additional training and experience in order to benefit their personal development and that of their community.
An experience which started with their participation in the summer on the Trust's NCS (National Citizen Service) programme, in summer 2019, which gave them a flavour of the benefits of completing social action projects and applying their developed skills for the profit of their community. Upon graduating, the Mayflower 400 team hosted an introduction to volunteering evening which focussed on the sport and wellbeing programme due to start in 2020, as well as elements of the wider Mayflower 400 programme, this event was attended by seventy-eight interested parties.
This was followed by a series of four further training sessions in which our young volunteering team learned skills such as: volunteering expectations, customer service, Mayflower Makers training and safeguarding. Our investment in these young people, whose voluntary contribution will power and sustain the impact of our sport and wellbeing campaign & aid their personal and professional development. The volunteer programme enables the Trust to impact the communities we operate in, while adding social value to the city of Plymouth. Overall, this boosts the levels of sport and wellbeing amongst the population, with volunteers already contributing to additional events such as ParkRun.
The team will be supporting events of various scales throughout 2020, from Community Games events to internationally recognised disability events including the Special Olympics & a Rehabilitation Triathlon for wounded, injured & sick current and former servicemen.
So far, our newly-named team of 'ACT Ambassadors' have contributed 1,612 hours of volunteering to the city of Plymouth including their training and event attendances. We estimate that the ACT Ambassadors will contribute around 7,500 hours of voluntary contribution during the year of 2020 alone.