Volunteer Case Profiles
Karen Barnard – helping to secure Hampshire’s volunteering legacy
As Local Leader Coordinator for Join In, Karen helps sports clubs and volunteers find each other, always making sure their needs are matched. She works tirelessly to promote volunteering and Join In at her a range of events up and down the county, and her energy and passion are boundless. She always follows up and keeps in contact with clubs and volunteers, making it her mission to visit them and recognise their hard work – whether she is presenting a cheque or dropping off a signed item from a sporting hero.
Karen lives her volunteering mantra. As well as being Local Lead Coordinator, she also provides meticulous support to the Frimley Park Lodge parkrun and in the past has volunteered at many sports events and organisations including Hampshire Cricket in the Community, Four Marks Sports and Social Club, VoTwo Triathlon, the Reigate half marathon, the Frimley 10k, and Fleet 10k.
When Karen won the Sports Volunteer of Year award in 2016, her first comment was that recognising volunteers highlights the good work all volunteers do. Even as she won, she mentioned others which is just a small reflection of her commitment to volunteering. She is the epitome of dedication at every level and plays a vital role in inspiring others across Hampshire.
Her willingness to get involved means that Karen has built and mentored a team of highly-effective Local Leaders, fostering successful relationships with partners across the region. Karen’s commitment and diligence always shines through and she always champions every volunteer she comes across, helping them to feel inspired, valued and empowered to work hard for the sport they love.
Ann Stanhope – Keeping Winchester running
Parkrun brings together local communities in their local parks every Saturday morning and wouldn’t be possible without the many volunteers who support events across the world. Ann is one of these volunteers who makes the event in Winchester possible every week. She works tirelessly as the events volunteer co-ordinator to make sure their are enough volunteers to run the event each week, so to not disappoint the 250+ weekly runners.
She has completely re-invigorated the volunteer co-ordinator role, making sure everything runs smoothly in an efficient and professional manner, always with a smile on her face. The volunteer roster for Winchester Parkrun is now always full ahead of time, taking great stress off of the run director. In 2016, Ann co-ordinated 273 into the 1123 required volunteer roles. In addition to organising the volunteers each week, she deals with enquiries from Parkrun participants and manages the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, always making sure they have a variety of jobs to do.
Without fail she ensures that the run director has enough volunteers to safely stage the event 54 times a year. This is why Ann was named Volunteer of the Year at the Energise Me Awards 2017.
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