M.A.D Birmingham – A Volunteers Story
Posted: Mon, 04 May 2020 16:24 by Adam Warden
M.A.D's first interaction with Renel, 22 years old from Acocks Green, was 10 months ago at Stockfield Park doing outreach work to get young people involved in the volunteer program with M.A.D and the Stockfield association. The M.A.D team already knew of Renel's hard work through his involvement with two of the programmes partners, FITCAP CIC and Oasis Hobmoor since 2018. Renel was already leading the male group at the park and the satellite club delivery in the area.
Renel was keen to be part of a youth led project so he could make an impact in his community. Renel says he wanted to volunteer and coach because "I enjoy helping kids when Sport4Life was here for me to keep my head down and made me enjoy playing football a lot more which made me who I am today knowing I could at least help other kids enjoy their dream of becoming a footballer in a good environment rather than in a bad one running the streets and getting into trouble."
Since then he has supported on the M.A.D project by
- Helping redecorate the POD in Stockfield Park
- Supporting community events
- Delivering extra sports sessions at Stockfield Park
Renel always works to a high a standard when volunteering / coaching. Other volunteers and young people look to him for peer advice, knowing that he is always supportive.
He is well known by various organisations across East Birmingham for his outstanding contribution to community sport. With a passion for sport, Renel works as a PE teacher at Clifton Primary School and supports M.A.D projects twice a week as well as FITCAP and Oasis Hobmoor Communtiy Hub projects throughout the year.
Children and young people on the M.A.D project view Renel as a positive role model. He is looked upon as a mature and reasonable adult who constantly shows the ability to deal with challenging situations in a calm and considerate manner.
Renel says "if I wasn't with M.A.D it would just be me trying to learn about coaching kids in a school and just teaching my football session…M.A.D helps me to see more options in coaching. Working in the community with M.A.D has helped me use different coaching skills and help provide different types of support to children and young people. I am happy I found the M.A.D project"
During this current isolation period, M.A.D sessions, events and camps have all been postponed. Despite this, Renel continues to actively support his family and community . Renel states "…me and my brother started helping my mum and dad who are high risk during the pandemic. So I help them with getting shopping or medication that they both need at the moment. They can't leave the house so it is important that we do all the shopping for them."
Renel has also been supporting vulnerable children as a key worker at Clifton Primary School delivering and supporting physical activity sessions.
Renel's work ethic and success is a shining example of the commitment and skills of volunteers and coaches on the M.A.D programme – from practical skills to role modelling to developing trusting relationships with young people that allow them to have a positive experience.