The holiday season can sometimes make it difficult to find volunteers but at Chichester parkrun our volunteers have been brilliant this summer hence only the occasional "Volunteer Appeal" hitting your Inbox recently. We are very conscious that for those who do help it can be a little annoying to be constantly receiving appeals etc so we are trying to run the Volunteering Matters campaign in a suitably low key whilst hopefully not becoming complacent or letting our progress slip backwards.
We hope that volunteering becomes fully ingrained in the culture of Chichester parkrun so that everyone realises why it is necessary and willingly makes a contribution from time to time. Ideally volunteering should be the norm for all parkrunners. Speaking personally I now regard volunteering as an absolutely integral aspect of parkrun. I have not been able to run on quite a few occasions this year but joining the event for a little volunteering has kept me involved. I suspect without volunteering I might have lost my connection with parkrun and with it one of the main motivations to get fit again.
I see three components that make up the parkrun experience. Firstly,of course, there is the actually running and exercising bit. It's probably why we joined in the first place.
Anyone who has participated in any parkrun will already appreciate the second component. It gets described in many ways - words that I regularly hear and read include "family", "friendship", "welcoming", "inclusive", "community spirit", "atmosphere" etc. You can take your pick but these are just some of the ways in which parkrun is more than simply a Saturday morning run. This second component is probably why we return to parkrun again and again.
The third component is in many ways the most important - it makes things tick and is also the most rewarding and fulfilling element. No prizes for guessing that I am am talking about volunteering. If you have only enjoyed the first two components you may wonder whether your parkrun experience really can still be improved - so you may have a pleasant surprise awaiting you. Please try volunteering to discover how parkrun becomes rewarding, worthwhile and fulfilling.
So why have just two-thirds of the parkrun "cake"? Volunteer and get the full experience !
Many thanks to everyone who has helped at Chichester parkrun in recent weeks - it would be difficult to imagine that the case for volunteering could still not be accepted by all our participants but we do appreciate that everyone has their own commitments and responsibilities so finding the opportunity to volunteer is not always straightforward. Some of the best decisions we ever make come about unexpectedly through chance, accident or serendipity so if you have not volunteered please have a go and it might be one of your best decisions !
If you need more convincing follow this link to read what some other people say......
How to get involved.
A good first step is to Opt-in to receive our regular Volunteer Emails. These keep you in the picture on all volunteering matters without any obligation. It is quite simple to opt in. Just follow these steps:
- Sign in here to your parkrun profile: https://www.parkrun.com/signin/
- Select email options
- Select Chichester from the drop down
- Click 'Opt in'
- 'Save opt-in events list'.Please get in touch should you wish to help out this week another week or just wish to enquire or inform us about something.
If you wish to volunteer go to the Volunteer section on this website for full details.