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Volunteering advice

Here are a few things to think about if you've volunteered your services:

  • You may be able to make a difference without realising it at first so think about how you can contribute.

  • What time have you available? Some volunteer roles only require a one-off contribution.

  • Ask another parent, friend or relative to volunteer with you, it'll be more fun that way.

  • See how you like it first before offering too much of a commitment.

  • If you're not sure what your role is ask for a description just so you can be sure.

  • Try to have some input. Ask questions and suggest some changes if you think it would improve things.

  • If you have any concerns talk to someone at the club rather than worrying about it.

  • You might be able to go for training or gain qualifications to help you in the role.

  • Be careful about giving out your address or phone number. You may not want to be contacted day and night.

  • Don't give or lend cash or accept gifts - it can lead to compromising situations. If you do need to take money for a specific purpose then make sure it is in a sealed envelope and labelled with details of what its purpose is.

  • I got into coaching after a ref kept penalising my kid's rugby team and not explaining what he meant. So I went home, read the rules and realised that rather than complain about other people, I should do it myself.
    - A Barrie, rugby coach

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