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Volunteer – Helen

A volunteer since 2012 meet Helen; a former British Wheelchair Basketball member of staff Helen, now regularly volunteers at our wheelchair basketball events.

How long have you been volunteering with British Wheelchair Basketball? 

I have been volunteering since 2012!

What roles have you undertaken as a volunteer?

Quite a few, I was a team liaison for the GB men for London 2012 Paralympic Games and then Team Manager for them in 2013. Since then I have done a number of roles at national and international events hosted in the UK including the 2015 European Championships where I was Sport Information Manager.

Why do you choose to volunteer for British Wheelchair Basketball?

I chose to volunteer for the BWB because I really enjoy being part of the wider wheelchair basketball family and you get to know lots of people. Working with teams from across the country and sometimes the world is very exciting!

What is your favourite aspect of volunteering?

My favourite aspect is helping to make sure all the teams are having the very best experience at any event I am volunteering at.

What skills do you need to be a volunteer?

Any and everything, just being keen and willing to learn and help is all you need but you will pick up lots of skills over time.

What skills has volunteering helped you develop?

I have learnt to communicate well in pressure situations, negotiate and also work as a team to overcome any sort of obstacle. Being able to prioritise in order to get everything ready.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about volunteering?

I would say do it! You will meet new people and learn new skills so whether that is to help bolster a CV or just to help others it’s all worth it!

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