A HUGE thanks goes out to the Sport Birmingham BISF Volunteers of 2019!
Posted: Wed, 30 Oct 2019 11:29 by Adam Warden
With the days growing shorter and the nights growing longer we here at Sport Birmingham are looking back to the brighter days of 2019 and reflecting on the successes we have shared with others over the year.
Our Birmingham Inclusive Sports Festival (BISF) was not just one of those successes but rather two, being a bi-annual festival, with two activity event days held in June and September.
Designed by disabled people, to better promote and celebrate opportunities to access fun, inclusive activities that empower people to take control of their own health and wellbeing; The BISF attracted over 570 participants this year and over 20 deliverers taking part in it's events.
A big part of BISFs accomplishments were down to the Volunteers who helped out on the event days...
Both events saw attendees leaving happy and encouraged by their experiences and this came down not only to the activities available to them: Boccia, Boxercise, Powerchair Football, Wheelchair Rugby with lots more; But also the support we received behind the scenes in running the festivals. This help came from a collective group of 27 Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.
Ensuring our volunteers had a chance to experience most of the activities on offer and the chance to meet the deliverers there on the day, their roles took them from set-up and stewarding to participant engagement right across the event. The deliverers expressed how useful the volunteer's help was and some expressed interest in opening up opportunities for the volunteer's to work with them in the future.
We had some wonderful feedback from volunteers about their experience and are very much looking forward to working with them again in the future...
Caitlin, one of our student volunteers, commented, "I really enjoyed my time volunteering, it was very much within my comfort zone. I would be more than happy to volunteer in the future."
"Exceeded expectations," Said Hannah, who is studying towards becoming a teacher and increasing her experiences through volunteering.
"Great staff, very organised and friendly to work with. My time had definitely been worthwhile." Aaliyah, who is studying at University College Birmingham, gave us this great feedback.
All our volunteers said they would volunteer again at BISF and we can't wait to have them back!