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Get Out Get Active celebrates Volunteers’ Week

This week is Volunteers’ Week, a time to celebrate the contribution millions of people who make a difference through volunteering. Volunteers are crucial to the success of Get Out Get Active (GOGA) and we want to celebrate and thank our volunteers who continue to support and engage some of the UK’s least active disabled and non-disabled people in inclusive and fun activities.

Group of people taking part in Nordic Walking in Northern Ireland.

2023 marks the 39th year of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), where we will join thousands of charities and voluntary organisations in recognising the contribution volunteers make across the UK. The contribution of volunteers is often unseen and unrecognised by many, visible only through the incredible impact of their volunteering. 

Since 2016, GOGA has recruited over 3,300 volunteers to support the delivery of fun, inclusive activities. In 2021, in partnership with Volunteering Matters, we created a Volunteer Management Toolkit. It provides  our GOGA partners and other organisations with a step-by-step guide to building  their own inclusive volunteering programme in sport and activity.

Bringing our key learnings and insight on supporting disabled volunteers together with external resources, the Toolkit features a roadmap and resources on how to deliver an inclusive and accessible volunteer journey. Topics include creating positive volunteer opportunities, recruitment, recognition, safeguarding, and measuring volunteer impact. 

Much of GOGA’s success is down to the many different people involved in the programme and the various roles they play. The Volunteer Management Toolkit will support organisations to do things differently and commit to organisational change that places volunteers at the heart of their programmes.

Kat Southwell, Head of Programmes at Activity Alliance. 

A huge thank you to all our volunteers. They are at the heart of Get Out Get Active and we are grateful for their support in making GOGA a success.

Find the Volunteer Management Toolkit here.

About Get Out Get Active 

Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is a programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Activity Alliance is the creator and lead partner. The programme is funded by Spirit of 2012, Sport England and London Marathon Foundation.  

Find out more about Get Out Get Active here