Volunteers' Week

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It's Volunteers' Week! To celebrate, we are showcasing some of the excellent volunteering done by our Young Ambassadors at all levels across Wales.

 

 

Platinum Young Ambassadors  

Today we are celebrating the very best Platinum Young Ambassadors for Volunteers' Week. Our Platinum Young Ambassadors form the National Young Ambassador Steering Group for Wales. 

Meet Jonathan Williams, a Platinum Young Ambassador from Merthyr Tydfil and Olivia Van Den Bogerd also a Platinum Young Ambassador from Swansea.

 

 

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Name: Jonathan Williams

School: the College Merthyr Tydfil

Home Town: Merthyr Tydfil

Young Ambassador: Platinum YA

I have been a YA since: 18th December 2013

 

 

Quick Questions

Where do you mostly volunteer and what do you do?

I mostly volunteer in the Merthyr Tydfil area, but as I'm a Platinum YA I've been part of/completed several volunteering opportunities with Sport Wales and DSW (Disability Sport Wales).

Whilst becoming a YA I've had the opportunities of:

  • Launching/running different events/projects in Merthyr and Nationally.
  • Various meetings ranging from a sport Wales board meeting (which was absolutely fantastic!!) to those of which are with my local coordinator and the local YA team. Plus because I'm disabled myself I work/volunteer with the Disability coordinator for my local area.
  • Several conferences I've been involved in such as the DSW National Conference where I carried out a meet and greet/ushering role, and the YA Cymru conference where I was asked specifically to speak in a disability workshop covering 2 sessions all day.
  • Met a lot of people that I thought I'd never have the chance to meet, celebrities, board members etc.   

 

What has been your most memorable volunteering experience?

This question is very difficult for me to answer because every opportunity I embrace and enjoy every part of those I'm involved in.

My most memorable experience has got to be the Sport Wales Awards 2014,
where I was given the role of meet & greet and registration.
I and my PA (Jamie) arrived at the Sport Wales National Centre in Sophia gardens suited and booted ready for the event. As soon as we arrived we were given a brief on my role. As I have difficulties with writing, Jamie and I came up with a plan. Our plan was for me to meet & greet and Jamie carried out registration.
Whilst completing the task we had the chance to watch the event and stay for the post ceremony celebration.
This is something I'd remember for life!!

 

What do you hope to do in the future, and how do you think your volunteering experiences will help you get there?

In the future I'm hoping for several outcomes, as I am currently studying a degree in ICT, and have further plans to study a PGC-E course to obtain a teaching role.

From gathering these qualifications I am hoping to obtain a role which involves me in sport with an ICT background. By this I mean that I would like a technology-based role within the sporting industry, I could then further my knowledge and create a business platform of which I could generate my own income.

I am also hoping to be given the opportunity to be able to obtain a coaching/teaching role within technology and sport.

From my voluntary background as a YA for Sport Wales, I am also hoping to include past voluntary experiences so in the future I can obtain a role in public speaking at Sports events.

 

If you could volunteer at any sports event in the world, which would you choose?


For me this is a very difficult decision as I am much enthused with sporting events, whether it this may be Formula 1 racing to weight lifting in the local gym. If I were to choose my ultimate voluntary experience at a sporting event this would be the Olympic Games.
Due to the difficulties within my disability, recovering from a major operation and not having the sporting background that I have now, I am extremely gutted that I didn't have the opportunity to apply for a voluntary role at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012. Therefore if I were to apply for such a global event of this standard I will 110% try my hardest to apply for this in the future.

 

 

 

 

Name:  Olivia Van Den Bogerd        Olivia VDB 1

School:  Olchfa 6th Form

Home Town:  Swansea

Young Ambassador:  Platinum

I have been a YA since:  June 2012

 

 

Quick Questions

Where do you mostly volunteer and what do you do?

I try and volunteer at most sport events including IF disability events and promotional events to encourage activities and healthy lifestyle

 

What has been your most memorable volunteering experience?

IPC European Athletics Championships held in Swansea.

 

Have you achieved your Millennium Volunteers 50 sport certificate?

Yes, I have recently completed 200 hours

 

Please tell us how long it took you to complete it and what volunteering you did to achieve it?

I have attended and participated in many events and sporting activities as well as training days, coaching sessions and individual volunteering at Celtic Dragons Netball games.  I achieved 50 hours in approximately 1-1 ½ years.

 

What do you hope to do in the future, and how do you think your volunteering experiences will help you get there?

 In the future, I would like to continue my volunteering within sports events and to be a part of the IF disability team and sports ambassador in order to continue encouraging young people to participate in activities.  My dream would be to go to Camp America.

 

If you could volunteer at any sports event in the world, which would you choose?

Camp America,  Rio Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

 

 

 

 

Gold Young Ambassadors

It's Thursday which means it's Gold Young Ambassador profile day! Today we are showcasing two more female Young Ambassadors from Conwy and Swansea for Volunteers' Week.

 

Name: Lauren HolmesLauren

School: Ysgol Bryn Elian

Home Town: Old Colwyn

Young Ambassador : Gold

I have been a YA since: March 2013

 

5 Quick Questions

Where do you mostly volunteer and what do you do?

I mostly volunteer at Porth Erias for Colwyn Bay Watersports, shadowing instructors, setting up and packing away equipment as well as assisting with school sessions.

 

What has been your most memorable volunteering experience?

When I was allowed to use a Catamaran for free for the day. It was really nice of the people at Porth Eirias to let me do this as a thank you and it showed their trust in me letting me take the Catamaran out, without an instructor.

 

Have you achieved your Millennium Volunteers 50 sport certificate?

Yes, I have also completed my 100 hours and am working my way to 200.

If yes, please tell us how long it took you to complete it and what volunteering you did to achieve it?

It took 3 months, I help out coaching and refereeing netball sessions at my local club and at my school I also and volunteer at Porth Eirias which is my local water sports centre, this is where I do the majority of my hours both with school and in my own time.

 

What do you hope to do in the future, and how do you think your volunteering experiences will help you get there?

I hope to become a sports scientist or an engineer and the volunteering I do now is helping me gain qualifications and knowledge I need in later life.

 

 If you could volunteer at any sports event in the world, which would you choose?

I would choose the Olympics.

 

 

Name: Emily Gilroy-TaylorEmily

School:Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr

Home Town:Swansea

Young Ambassador: Gold

I have been a YA since : 1st October 2012

 

5 Quick Questions

Where do you mostly volunteer and what do you do?

In school Break Time 5x60 activities - support my 5x60 officer during these activities.

Clwb cic Gorseinon (Menter Iaith) specific roles within the youth club

 

What has been your most memorable volunteering experience?

2014 Swansea Sports Awards

 

Have you achieved your Millennium Volunteers 50 sport certificate?

Yes

If yes, please tell us how long it took you to complete it and what volunteering you did to achieve it?

3 months.

Volunteering in Gorseinon Youth Club with Menter Iaith every Tuesday. Also 5x60 break time activities every day during school hours and after school activities i.e. football training.

 

What do you hope to do in the future, and how do you think your volunteering experiences will help you get there?

I hope to work with kids in the future, either in a school or in a youth club. Hopefully, my volunteering with Menter Iaith and 5x60 activities inside and outside of school i.ie coaching sessions will help me obtain my goals.

 

If you could volunteer at any sports event in the world, which would you choose?

My dream volunteering event would be either the Rugby World Cup or the Fifa World Cup because of my love for those two sports.

 

 

 

Silver Young Ambassadors

Today we are looking at Silver Young Ambassadors. With over 600 Silver YAs in Wales in Year 10 and up, they are volunteering countless hours in their schools and community clubs.

Here is a snapshot of one of the Silver Young Ambassadors from Caerphilly.

 

Name: Lucy PowellLucy Powell

School: Heolddu

Home Town: Bargoed

Young Ambassador Level: Silver

I have been a YA since :  2013

 

 

Quick Questions

 

Where do you mostly volunteer and what do you do?

Heolddu sport centre, coaching

 

What has been your most memorable volunteering experience?

Being a volunteer at the Caerphilly legacy games because I enjoyed seeing the participants taking part in all of the different sporting activities.

 

What do you hope to do in the future, and how do you think your volunteering experiences will help you get there?

I hope to maybe achieve a future career with coaching; I think my volunteering experience will help me with this as I now have more confidence when leading a class, I feel that every volunteering experience I get the more I learn each time.

 

If you could volunteer at any sports event in the world, which would you choose?

The rugby world cup because I play for a rugby team so I am interested in the sport therefore it'll be enjoyable for me and more for me to achieve from it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronze Young Ambassadors

Today is the turn of our Bronze Young Ambassadors who are doing fantastic work across Primary schools to get their class mates more active.

Bethan, Grace, Josh and William are all Bronze Young Ambassadors from Clawdd Offa Primary School in Denbighshire.

They now have a massively high profile in school. They are driven, dedicated and work incredibly well together to achieve their goals.

In order to promote sport they manage their own display board, create leaflets, letters and deliver their own assemblies.

They elect and manage the playground games leaders to improve playtimes for all pupils.

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They are responsible for the active kids Sainsbury's vouchers, ordering resources to benefit their peers.

They ensure that participation in sports clubs is high, setting an example through their own attendance and encouraging others. They also produced a suggestion box allowing their peers to have a voice, and have ownership over their sporting provision.

They evidence sporting events, writing reports and managing their own file and scrapbook.

They liaise with our school kit sponsors and report to parents in a sports newsletter and on the school twitter account. They have also created their own email address, where they liaise with Sports Development staff, schools, parents, pupils, NGB's, etc.

They are currently arranging their own school sports awards and have secured a number of high profile presenters and sponsors to purchase a broader range of awards.

 

Well done to all 4 of them, keep up the good work!