A unique Olympic Legacy – Suffolk Volunteering

Last Wednesday I had the honour of chairing the first Suffolk Olympic Legacy Summit; this was first thought about in 2009 and a number of organisations have been behind this since its inception. The notion that what took place in the summer with the Olympics can be replicated in our communities.

The project is almost unique in the county as it seeks to build on the amazing good will brought to the London 2012 Olympics by those who volunteered to take part. Suffolk is ahead of most others in developing and embedding a volunteering legacy.

The Summit was really valuable in helping to establish the 2012 inspired volunteering asset that we have here in Suffolk and some of the key issues regarding its future development.

A significant part of this is being run by Mike McCarthy who is the Suffolk 2012 Volunteering Legacy Officer and the Suffolk Volunteering Federation is a joint venture of 40 volunteer involving organisations. The lead partner is Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations.

If you are interested in getting involved either one a month or once a week please do log onto 2012legacy@volunteeringsuffolk.org.uk or http://www.suffolkvolunteeringlegacy.org.uk or call 01473 275196 Suffolk Volunteering Federation is a joint venture of 40 volunteer involving organisations.

In 2011 county Events Team volunteers supported 40 events across Suffolk with at least one volunteer and this equated to approx 885 hours of volunteering • Number of events = 40 (With more than one volunteer = 26) • Number of volunteers (Based on registrations unless specific info available) = 177 • Number of volunteering hours (excluding travel & training and based upon an average of 5 hours per volunteer, per event) = 885 In 2012 (to date) the County Events Team have volunteered at 40 events across Suffolk with at least one volunteer and this equates to date to approx 1350 hours of volunteering • Number of events = 41 (With more than one volunteer = 37) • Number of volunteers (Based on registrations unless specific info available) = 276 • Number of volunteering hours (excluding travel & training and based upon an average of 5 hours per volunteer, per event) = 1380 Indeed the website http://www.suffolkvolunteeringlegacy.org.uk has had over 50,000 visits since it was launched in September 2010. (The figure was 15,500 in May 2012) How much training are the Events Team Volunteers undertaking? During 2011 and 2012 (cumulative): • 140 Volunteers have attended Welcome Evenings (Inductions) • 23 have completed a First Aid Qualification • 12 have completed a Managing Volunteers Course • 68 have completed a One-day Sports Leadership Course • 10 have attended a Disability Awareness Workshop • 20 have attended a Volunteer Development Workshop • 25-30 have attended a Sport Maker Workshop Many of our volunteers have also taken part in the volunteer training, inductions and briefings that we encourage Event Organisers to host specific to their event.

The Legacy Project Officer is often asked to contribute to these sessions. Examples of these include the Great East Swim, the Suffolk Paralympic Flame Celebration and the Olympic Torch Relay. I do hope you can get involved; it’s a simple process of signing in online.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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