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Honouring the Heart of Service: Volunteers' Week 2024

Welcome to Volunteers' Week 2024! As we come together to celebrate the remarkable contributions of volunteers worldwide, we at Tailored Leisure are honoured to join in recognising the invaluable work of our dedicated team of volunteers.


At Tailored Leisure, inclusivity and accessibility are at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to create opportunities for people of all abilities to participate fully in leisure activities, and our volunteers play a crucial role in making this vision a reality.


What sets our volunteer programme apart is the incredible diversity and dedication of our volunteers, many of whom are individuals with disabilities. These volunteers are not only passionate about making a difference in their communities but are also leading the way in breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes surrounding disability.


Through their involvement in various initiatives, such as adaptive sports programmes, accessible fitness adventures, and inclusive children's events, our volunteers are transforming perceptions and fostering a more inclusive society. They are showing the world that disability is not a limitation but an opportunity for creativity, resilience, and strength.


One of the most inspiring aspects of our volunteer program is the emphasis we place on empowerment and skill-building through our six volunteer pathways. Our volunteers with disabilities are not just recipients of support; they are valued members of our team who play an active role in shaping our programs and initiatives. Through training, mentorship, and opportunities for personal and professional development, we empower our volunteers to reach their full potential and make meaningful contributions to their communities.


The impact of our volunteer program extends far beyond the individuals directly involved. By showcasing the talents, abilities, and contributions of people with disabilities, our volunteers are paving the way for greater acceptance and inclusion in all aspects of society.


The Power of Volunteerism


Volunteerism is a force that knows no bounds. It transcends barriers of age, gender, race, and creed, uniting people from all walks of life under a common purpose: to make a difference. Whether it's planting trees to combat climate change, feeding the hungry, tutoring children, or providing aid in times of crisis, volunteers are the unsung heroes who dedicate their time, skills, and passion to create positive change.


Volunteerism is indeed a powerful force that transcends boundaries and unites individuals from diverse backgrounds. At Tailored Leisure, we firmly believe in harnessing the collective power of volunteerism to create positive change and promote inclusivity. Our volunteers exemplify the true spirit of service, dedicating their time, skills, and passion to ensure that people of all abilities have the opportunity to participate fully in leisure activities. Whether they're organising adaptive sports programs, leading accessible outdoor adventures, or coordinating inclusive arts and culture events, our volunteers are making a tangible difference in the lives of others. Their commitment to breaking down barriers and fostering a more inclusive society is truly inspiring, and we are immensely grateful for their unwavering dedication.


Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion


As we reflect on the essence of volunteerism during Volunteers' Week, we are deeply moved by its extraordinary capacity to nurture diversity and inclusivity, particularly within the realm of Tailored Leisure. Our organisation stands as a beacon of diversity, with our volunteers forming a vibrant tapestry of backgrounds, abilities, and life experiences. Among them, we proudly count individuals with disabilities who contribute their unique perspectives and talents to our cause.


This beautiful diversity enriches the very fabric of Tailored Leisure, rendering it a true reflection of the communities we serve. Volunteers' Week serves not only as a moment of gratitude for the remarkable contributions of all our volunteers but also as an occasion to shine a spotlight on the invaluable perspectives and abilities that individuals with disabilities bring to our organization.


By embracing this diversity wholeheartedly and reiterating our steadfast commitment to inclusivity, we continue to forge ahead in our mission to create a world that is equitable and compassionate for all. Volunteers with disabilities play an integral role in shaping our programs, initiatives, and ultimately, the narrative of our organization. Their unwavering dedication and unique insights propel us forward as we strive to build a society where every individual, regardless of ability, is empowered to thrive and contribute meaningfully. In celebrating Volunteers' Week, we celebrate not only the selflessness of our volunteers but also the transformative power of diversity and inclusivity in shaping a brighter future for all.


Gratitude and Appreciation


Behind every successful volunteer effort is a dedicated team of individuals who selflessly give their time and energy to serve others. Volunteers' Week is a time to express our heartfelt gratitude to these remarkable individuals.


Thanking our Tailored Leisure volunteers is not just a gesture; it's a heartfelt acknowledgment of the incredible dedication and selflessness that underpins every successful endeavour. As Volunteers' Week unfolds, we are deeply grateful for the tireless efforts of our volunteers, who devote their time and energy to serving others with unwavering commitment and boundless generosity of spirit.


Whether they are on the frontlines of a humanitarian crisis, leading adaptive sports programs, or quietly working behind the scenes to ensure accessibility and inclusivity in all our initiatives, our volunteers' contributions do not go unnoticed. Their passion, enthusiasm, and willingness to go above and beyond inspire us each day.


Volunteers' Week is a poignant reminder of the profound impact that volunteers have on our organization and the communities we serve. It's a time to express our sincere appreciation for their invaluable contributions and to recognize the ripple effect of their kindness and compassion.


Voices of Volunteerism: Insights from Tailored Leisure Volunteers


At Tailored Leisure, we highly value the feedback and experiences of our volunteers. Their insights and perspectives play a crucial role in shaping our programs and initiatives, ensuring that we continue to meet the needs of our community in the most effective and inclusive manner possible. As we celebrate Volunteers' Week, we're excited to share some of the feedback we've received from our dedicated volunteers about their experiences. Their stories and testimonials serve as a testament to the transformative power of volunteerism and the profound impact it has on both volunteers and the communities they serve.


"I love volunteering and meeting others" - Ross, Tailored Ally

"I love helping Mark teach the classes and the biscuits are the best!" - April, Tailored Ally

"Improving access in places I love and helping other is a bonus." - Nick, Access Champion

"I'm not able to do much because of my condition, but having an opportunity to do a little good on the days I'm able has improved my mental health and given me hope for the future." - John, Tailored Ally

"My volunteering experience has been transformative. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to play a vital role in the organisation after despairing for so many years that I'd never find a place that could accommodate my complex needs." - Artemis, Volunteer

To our dedicated team of Tailored Leisure volunteers, we extend our deepest gratitude. Your unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of others is truly remarkable. Thank you for your selflessness, your generosity, and your boundless spirit of service. You are the heart and soul of our organization, and we are profoundly grateful for all that you do.


Empowering the Next Generation


As we celebrate Volunteers' Week, we also look to the future and the role of the next generation of volunteers. Inspiring and empowering young people to get involved in volunteerism is crucial for building a brighter tomorrow. By instilling values of empathy, compassion, and civic responsibility, we can cultivate a new generation of changemakers who will carry the torch of service forward.


As we celebrate Volunteers' Week, we are excited to introduce our new volunteer pathways designed to engage and inspire young changemakers. Through these pathways, we aim to provide opportunities for the next generation to actively participate in creating a more inclusive society.


Access Champions


Are you passionate about breaking down barriers and creating accessible environments? Join our Access Champions pathway to advocate for inclusive facilities and services in the fitness and leisure industry. By joining this pathway, volunteers will have the opportunity to drive meaningful change and champion inclusivity within their communities.



Friendly Face


Do you have a knack for making people feel welcome and included? Become a Friendly Face volunteer and help create a warm and inviting atmosphere at our classes and activities. This pathway is perfect for individuals who thrive on building connections and fostering a sense of belonging.



Creative Young Writer


Are you a wordsmith with a passion for storytelling? Use your writing skills to advocate for your local community through our Creative Young Writer pathway. Volunteers in this pathway will have the opportunity to share stories and experiences that promote inclusivity and diversity.



Creative Young Artist


Express your creativity through art and design as a Creative Young Artist volunteer. Help us visually communicate our message of inclusivity and diversity through engaging artwork and graphics. This pathway is ideal for individuals who are passionate about using art as a tool for social change.



Community Voice


Do you have a strong voice and a desire to make a difference in your community? Join our Community Voice pathway to advocate for the needs and rights of disabled individuals in the realm of fitness and leisure. Volunteers in this pathway will have the opportunity to amplify marginalised voices and drive systemic change at our events and in the community.



Tailored Ally


This pathway is built upon the principle of respect and adaptation, ensuring that every volunteer can fully participate and contribute in a manner that is fulfilling and impactful for them. We understand that traditional volunteer roles may not always accommodate the diverse needs of individuals with complex disabilities. That's why we've created the Tailored Ally Pathway, where volunteers are empowered to engage in activities that align with their strengths, interests, and capabilities.



No matter which pathway you choose, you'll be making a meaningful impact on the lives of disabled individuals by helping them access the fitness and leisure opportunities they deserve. Join us in shaping a brighter future for all!


Walk and Wheel - This is South Tyneside Festival 2024


We're excited to announce that our "Walk and Wheel" event is coming up on July 6th, 2024, as part of the "South Tyneside Summer Parade"! This special event is designed to bring together families with disabilities and long-term health conditions, and we're looking for volunteers to help make it a success. As a volunteer, you'll walk or roll with us in the parade, lending your support to advocate for local families with additional needs and their right to access fitness and leisure in the community. Plus, you'll get to enjoy the fun and celebratory atmosphere with a sense of community pride. If you're interested in volunteering, please reply to this call by [insert date] with your availability and any relevant skills or experience you bring to the event. We look forward to hearing from you and working together to make this special event a success!


Learn more about how you can get involved:



Volunteer Celebration Day


Sunderland Family Hubs are hosting a Volunteers Celebration Day! We will be there between 12:30pm and 1:30pm - come speak with us about our opportunities and learn more about us and the Family Hubs!


Taking Action


Volunteers' Week is not just about celebration; it's also a call to action. It's an invitation for everyone to get involved in their communities and make a difference, no matter how big or small. Whether it's volunteering at a local shelter, participating in a community clean-up, or advocating for social justice causes, there are countless ways to get involved and create positive change.


Register your Interest Today!


Ready to make a difference? Join us at Tailored Leisure and be part of a community dedicated to promoting inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility in the fitness and leisure sector. Together, we can create a world where everyone can thrive, regardless of ability.


Please complete this interest form and return it to tailored.leisure@gmail.com or in person at (130 Fulwell Rd, Roker, Sunderland SR6 9QR).


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