Volunteers Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It’s a chance for us to celebrate the fantastic team of volunteers here at SE Fitness. Volunteering is a fulfilling way to help others and hopefully makes you feel great in return.
If you’re interested in volunteering for SE Fitness then please message me! I had a chat with one of our longest standing volunteers – Sarah Vaughan – and I hope her story might inspire you!
How long have you been an SE Fitness Leader?
I can’t remember exactly when I became a leader but it’s roughly 10 years ago when Sally was expanding SE Fitness. I had started running 4 years earlier and wanted to help others to experience all the positive and rewarding aspects of running which is probably still the main reason I enjoy leading.
What does being a Leader mean for you?
It is a real incentive to get out running when you know others are relying on you to be there – especially on those cold dark evenings when you’d rather curl up with a packet of biscuits!!
What’s the hardest thing about leading?
Keeping track of everyone if there is a wide range of pace! We also have a long standing problem of runners not wanting to move up due to fears they won’t ‘keep up’ with the next group. As Leaders we discuss this thorny problem a lot and always trying to find new ways to make it easier!
What would you say to anyone who is thinking of volunteering?
It can be really rewarding and as the SE Fitness groups are so friendly and generally easy going it really isn’t too onerous so you can enjoy your own run while guiding others – in fact it often helps me to feel positive about some of those dreaded hills as I encourage others they can do it I also encourage myself!
Huge thanks to Super Sarah and all our volunteers. SE Fitness simply wouldn’t work without you. xxx