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Volunteer with We Swim

We Swim are looking for motivated and caring volunteers who are keen to make a difference by working with the disability community in London.

If that sounds of interest we are actively recruiting for volunteer positions. You do not have to be a strong swimmer, although being comfortable in the water is important and we will provide a comprehensive induction and ongoing training in working with swimmers with disabilities.

The majority of our volunteer roles involve being in the water with our swimmers and other volunteers but if that doesn’t appeal we’re always looking for volunteers that can help with specific experience / skills:

RoleCommitmentNotes
Pool Volunteer2x monthSupporting disabled people in the water. Training is provided.
Lead volunteer3x monthLeading pool sessions alongside others. Training is provided.
Refreshment volunteer2x monthServing biscuits & juice after pool sessions
Professional skills & services AdhocFrom time to time we may need help with marketing, writing fundraising bids, social media, copywriting, photography, video, accounting.

We are very appreciative of anyone who is willing to support We Swim and disability swimming in London but we also need to ensure that the opportunity to volunteer is right for you before we commit to your induction. As such we have a structured recruitment process that will give you the opportunity to learn more of what would be expected of you, the type of people you will be working with and to see one of our sessions in action.

Our volunteer recruitment process is as follows:

Step 1 – book a phone call

  • Book an appointment to speak to us either here or via the button above.
  • You will need to provide some basic details about yourself, which we will only ever use for the purpose of your volunteer application.

Step 2 – phone call

  • You will have an opportunity to speak to us on the phone so we can get a better understanding of you and your motivation and you can ask us any questions.

Step 3 – face to face, training & DBS check

  • The next step will be to attend one of our monthly training sessions where we will provide you with necessary guidance to work with our swimmers in and out of the pool.
  • This session will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions and meet with other volunteers
  • If we mutually agree to proceed with your volunteer application then we will ask you to complete an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check form, which will need to be processed before you can start volunteering. We regret we cannot engage any volunteer who does not pass the Enhanced DBS Check.
  • We will also ask you to register some additional details with us, including relevant consents and two character references.

Step 4 – start volunteering

  • Assuming your Enhanced DBS Check passes and once the certificate has been issued then we can book you in for your first session
  • Don’t worry we won’t expect you to be an expert on your first, second or even fifth session and we will pair you with swimmers and other volunteers to help you build your confidence.
  • If you have any questions or concerns then we will be on hand to assist.

We Swim Old Street volunteer opportunities

We are currently recruiting for volunteers who can support our new swimming community at Ironmonger Row Baths, Old Street, which will operate weekly on a Fridays from 19:00 to 20:00 plus optional post swim refreshments.

We will require you to commit to a minimum of 2 sessions per month and where possible, ask that you give us advance notice of which sessions you intend to attend.