We are looking for volunteers to help us strengthen the Old Street club and to build a bigger profile to enable more people with disabilities to swim. Whether you are interested in fundraising, communication, volunteer or swimming management, there’s an opportunity for you to make a difference for people with disability in London.
We run swimming sessions in the Ironmonger Row Baths every Friday evening from 7 to 8pm. We’re looking for caring volunteers to help our swimmers in the water, make them feel welcome and have friendly conversations. If you’d like to take part in the swimming sessions, you don’t need to be a strong swimmer but it’s important to be comfortable in the water. Don’t worry if you’ve never done any similar activity before, all new volunteers receive specific training before their first session. Check out the Swim Volunteer job description for more details. Do you have a swim teaching qualification? If so, you could be a Swim Coach and co-run the sessions, giving tips and exercises to swimmers to help build their confidence in the water. A great opportunity to share your passion for swimming and your experience.
At WeSwim, we want to help people with disabilities make meaningful relationships through swimming so our sense of community is important. You could build community spirit for the club, facilitate the onboarding for new swimmers and make them feel welcome by being a Community Swimmer Manager. The parallel role is available as Volunteer Manager to ensure we have enough volunteers at the sessions, and that they feel supported and equipped in their role. Would you like to take on more responsibilities and practise your people management skills? Then, check out the Club Manager role. Part of the Leadership Committee which meets quarterly, this person is responsible for the overall management of the club, the committee, its swimmers and volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer for WeSwim without going into the water, we also have roles in which you can apply your skills as well as learn new ones. The Fundraising Manager will develop and lead the overall fundraising strategy and will work closely with the company directors to secure funding for the work of WeSwim. If you’re analytical and have good writing skills, this could be an opportunity to make an impact and help WeSwim grow. Alternatively, you could learn more about our Content & Communications Manager role, whose aim is to develop and lead the overall communications strategy. This is a great opportunity to strengthen your CV with digital content skills.
Are you ready to apply? Our application process includes an application form, a phone call and a face-to-face interview with training. For roles that require close interaction with the swimmers, we will ask you to complete an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check form as well as references.
If you have questions or need more information, check our FAQ’s and resource pages. We look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to share these opportunities with your friends and colleagues of all backgrounds as we welcome diversity!