A big thumbs up for our volunteers in play
This week’s blog posts are brought to you by volunteers who are supporting local play projects involved in the Free Time Consortium’s ‘Get Involved in Play’ programme funded by the Cabinet Office’s Social Action Fund. We want to celebrate the amazing work done by the volunteers – children, parents and grandparents – who Love Outdoor Play. And, as this week is National Volunteer’s Week, what better opportunity to showcase their efforts and to say thank you. We hope you enjoy their stories and they motivate you to get involved in your local play project and support Love Outdoor Play!
Guest post by Tracey Mcvay.
My name is Tracey Mcvay. l am a single parent with two small children so l am a regular visitor at Shiremoor Adventure Playground. I was inspired to volunteer by the manager of the playground. When l was 14 years old, l attended my local youth club where my manager was a worker so l was surprised to see him still working with children and totally enjoying it.
I volunteer at Shiremoor Adventure Playground twice a week, for an hour on Tuesday and Friday morning. I help with the general upkeep of the building and I have also recently started driving the minibus, which has enabled the playground to put on more day and even some weekend trips.
I enjoy lots of aspects of my volunteering, such as engaging with the kids, working as part of a team with the other play workers and of course the sing songs on the bus. I also get a really great feel good factor from giving something back to the community and I hope I am inspiring my children to do something positive with their free time.
Hopefully, my volunteering has given the children and young people a safe, clean environment to play and enjoy and they have also been able to attend more residential days and overnight stays. It’s a pleasure to see them building up their confidence with outdoor activities such as map reading, mountain walking and working as part of a team.
I have learnt that giving even a small amount of my time can have a big impact on people’s lives and that I get as much, if not more, from it as they do. Volunteering has opened my eyes to lots of other opportunities in life and l have made some great friends along the way. Volunteering can be a life changing experience – people need to just give it a blast.
Tracey Mcvay volunteers at Shiremoor Adventure Playground.