Volunteers are the lifeblood of community sport and physical activity and without them most clubs, groups and sessions across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland simply wouldn't happen.
Therefore, we understand how important it is for organisations to recruit new volunteers as well as inspire, manage and support those already helping out. We also want to ensure that, as part of the workforce, volunteers have the opportunity to develop both personal and professional skills alongside the organisations that support them.
This page aims to help you utilise a range of resources to recruit and retain volunteers, how to advertise opportunities, as well as provide you with a variety of learning and development opportunities to upskill your workforce.
Promoting your Volunteering Opportunities
Register your Organisation
We are here to support local clubs, groups, organisations and venues promote themselves and the activity sessions and opportunities they have available.
By creating a free profile for your club/organisation/venue on our website, you can add and promote your opportunities through our volunteering directory as well as other sections.
Register/Promote your Organisation
Find out how to promote your organisation here.
Use this function to firstly check whether your Club/Organisation/Venue is already on our website.
Active Together Volunteering Opportunities
Search for and promote any local and national sport, physical activity & wellbeing-related volunteering opportunities you may have here on our dedicated directory.
VAL Volunteering Opportunities
The Voluntary Action Leicester website also has a function to add all types of local volunteering opportunities onto, with dedicated staff to support you.
Learning & Training Opportunities
We have a number of learning opportunities to support you and your organisation to create safe, welcoming, and enjoyable environments for all members and participants. These CPD opportunities can be a great way to engage your volunteers and invest in their further development.
If you would like a course to go ahead which currently isn't on offer, please get in touch with us to discuss how we can support this opportunity.
Current Learning Opportunities
Find out about our current learning and training opportunities, which include a combination of online and in-person events such as Unconscious Bias & Safeguarding.
Club Matters is a Sport England Lottery Funded Programme that provides free information, advice and guidance for organisations delivering in the physical activity and sport sector and the workforce that support them. It is designed to support organisations who are looking to develop, grow, reach out to new communities and maximise their engagement with new and existing members/customers, participants and volunteers. If you are located in England and are delivering sport and/or physical activity as part your primary or secondary role, Club Matters can benefit you.
Club Matters has a range of resources, from helping you determine the skills you need to engage new volunteers to top tips for retaining long-term volunteers.
Discover how to provide great volunteering environments, or how to engage your local community, alongside many others. These workshops are short, free training to develop you and your club.
Resources to support & develop volunteers
Voluntary Action Leicestershire
If you involve volunteers in your organisation, then VAL can support you with funding, recruitment and resources surrounding volunteers. It’s free to sign up to their website and can be another avenue to promote volunteering opportunities.
Each NGB may have more tailored resources on how to attract volunteers to a specific sport, as well as being able to offer in depth advise to enable your club or organisation to thrive.
Sport England's website has a dedicated workforce section, providing research and resources to ensure that people who engage with sport and physical activity have the best experience and are developed and supported in the right way,
My Community has been created by 12 leading community support organisations, combining their knowledge and skills so that you can access all of the support and advice available in one place.
Join In - Sport & Recreation Alliance
Join In is another national resource you can utilise to promote volunteering opportunities. They also house a number of research papers including how to recruit, reward and retain volunteers which may give your organisation better insight into volunteers.
On the NCVO website you will find a number of resources to help you with recruiting volunteers, writing agreements, and how to welcome volunteers well into your organisation.
Sported is the UK’s largest network of community groups supporting half a million young people to overcome barriers to reach their full potential. You can join their network and receive a variety of support.
Improve your digital marketing to engage, gain and retain more clients and members with the digital marketing hub, exclusive to all people and organisations delivering sport and physical activity.
Support section for clubs, community groups, businesses, sole traders, charities and limited companies.
Safeguarding in Sport & Activity
Do you have concerns about the welfare of a child, young person or vulnerable adult? This page provides key contacts and information to help you safeguard well.
Creating Inclusive Environments
This tool has been created by the Activity Alliance to help clubs to include more disabled people in their activities. It can be used in a variety of ways within your club, whether as an audit or as a resource to support your club's development.
As part of the Activity Alliance, the GOGA programme has been running across the UK supporting disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. There are a number of resources and learning which can support organisations to engage inactive people successfully.
For more information, please contact:
Workforce Development Officer
I am working flexibly in the office or at home, therefore please contact me via email or phone number provided.
My areas of responsibility are:
- Developing People
- Graduate Programme
- Blaby Link Officer
- 01509 467479