It’s National Volunteers’ Week And We Want To Say A Huge Thank You To Our Amazing Volunteers!
1st to 7th June to is National Volunteers’ Week. Volunteers are a vital part of Newcastle United Foundation activities. The individuals who give their time play a crucial role in helping us achieve our aims.
In total, 79 volunteers have given a staggering 2614 hours of their time to the Foundation across six projects during the past season, including every Newcastle United home fixture.
Two of the Foundation’s dedicated volunteering team, Tayyab Hussein and Alberto Dumba (pictured), took part in Newcastle United Foundation’s National Citizen Service in 2014. They expressed an interest in volunteering for the charity and jumped at the chance to work at events including the St James’ Park open training day.
As a result of their dedication and enthusiasm, they were offered the roles of Newcastle United flag bearers, and committed to flying the flags at every home game throughout the 2014/15 season. Tayyab and Alberto are also featured in our 2013/2014 Annual Review.
Newcastle United mascots, Kirsty McCann and Philippa Rolf aka Monty and Maggie, were originally Foundation volunteers who had also completed the NCS Spring programme. This season they have been offered sessional hours as paid employees of the Magpies’ official charity.
Philippa spoke of her role:
“NCS created amazing and life changing opportunities. For example in my case working with the Foundation, I was able to volunteer and help out at lots of event days which is how I landed the role of Monty Magpie, the mascot for Newcastle United.
“It’s great fun and I couldn’t ask for anything better than to do it alongside my best friend.
“After a few months of hard work we were told that we were now going to be paid members of the team which was great news, to me the money was just a bonus!
“I really love working for the Foundation and hope it’s something I am able to pursue in the future. I still quite can’t believe how my life has changed in the space of a year but I wouldn’t change any of it for the world, and it’s all thanks to Newcastle United Foundation.”
Theo Rayner has volunteered at our Junior Deaf Football session since it launched in November 2014. He has shown passion and commitment and dedicated his free time to ensure he did not miss a session.
As a reward for his efforts, the Foundation have supported Theo into completing his FA Level 1 coaching badge and will also undertake his Youth Module qualifications. As of today, Theo has become a paid sessional member of staff and will assist sessions taken by community coaches.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, gain confidence and learn new skills. You can volunteer in the office, at fundraising events or assist Foundation staff who deliver our coaching and education programmes.
For more information about volunteering at Newcastle United Foundation, contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org