We are seeking a volunteer club co-ordinator/s and team for a brand new Fitmums & Friends running group in Bridlington or Goole. We would love to hear from you if you would like to be part of this new Fitmums & Friends team by taking on a volunteer role.
Fitmums & Friends started in 2009 when a busy working mum in an East Yorkshire village wanted to combine a love of running with making more friends. It began as an informal run session based from the driveway of her house but quickly grew. The systems of support developed were attractive to increasing numbers of people, and now there are ten Fitmums & Friends clubs across Hull, Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire which cater for more than 850 members. Last summer, Fitmums & Friends became a charity, enabling it to support even more people to be more active through its range of friendly and supportive activity sessions.
Since the creation of that first group in East Yorkshire, further groups have emerged led by passionate individuals keen to create a Fitmums & Friends offer in their own local community. A wide range of activities are now offered across the whole network including running (group runs and coached sessions), fitness walking, buggy walks and a buggy boot camp, a cycle squad, junior athletics and even an inter-generational choir. Fitmums & Friends is for everyone – not just women or mums, and you don’t even need to be fit!
The aim of a Fitmums & Friends running group is to offer a complete range of distances at every session. Therefore a 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 mile run is offered to enable people of all abilities to attend. All the distances are led by a trained run leader ensuring appropriate warm up takes place and post-run stretching. To allow members to run at their own pace yet exercise together, we use a simple support system known as “shepherding” which supports those who need to go at a slower pace and still provides a challenge for those who are more capable. As a result, everyone is fit enough for our sessions. Groups meet weekly but can expand to offer more sessions a week and/or to offer different activities such as buggy sessions and fitness walks if wanted.
All Fitmums & Friends groups are led by volunteers and supported by a central Fitmums & Friends team who guide the development and maintenance of the organisation. This team will support the set-up of the new group ensuring our systems and strong principles of support are continued in the new club.
To get a new Fitmums & Friends club off the ground, we need a club co-ordinator in place (this could be two people sharing the role) plus at least five other volunteers willing to become volunteer run leaders. This requires attending a one-day course facilitated by England Athletics. The cost of the course will be subsidised by Fitmums & Friends which means individuals need only pay £40 (of the full course cost of £140).
The new Fitmums & Friends club will become part of a very supportive network – both for members and the volunteer organising team. A club Facebook page and webpage will promote and support the work of the group.
What the co-ordinator role involves
(Please note this could also be a shared role between two people and we encourage the sharing of some roles within the volunteer team.)
Roles that can be shared by the co-ordinator and the volunteer team
We are seeking individuals who have:
What you will get out of it?
You will be part of a fabulous volunteer team spanning Hull, Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, working with people locally who share your passion to support others to be happy, healthy and fit – people who are equally passionate about what Fitmums & Friends is all about. You will be joining us at an exciting time of wider development – the organisation is increasingly being recognised as a model of good practice and one that many other areas of the country want to replicate. Volunteers are essential in our communities and this role is one that enables many people to have healthier and happier lives – if you want a feel-good factor, this role is for you!
Laura, co-ordinator – Beverley Fitmums & Friends says…
“I love being able to be involved in the running of each session and getting to know our members even more. Being in this role means that I can really 'sell' how wonderful Fitmums & Friends is to new starters and watch them progress and integrate into the group. It's great to feel part of such a fantastic group of people and be trusted to be the co-ordinator”.
For more information about Fitmums & Friends, please see www.fitmums.org.uk.
If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sam on 07870 654586 or Vickie on 07988 670030. We’ll be happy to chat through any queries you may have and look forward to hearing from you!