Welcome to this month’s volunteer update. Here is some of the key information for the coming period:
1 Event Day Course Check
We very rarely add new volunteer roles to WebFMS but Event Day Course Check has been added to the dropdown menu this month. We completely appreciate that teams approach this in different ways depending on their course design and while it is not compulsory to use this role specifically the entire course should be checked before the start of every event.
Head of Event Delivery
parkrun UK and Ireland
2 WebFMS Access
A friendly reminder that WebFMS user permissions should be kept current please.
Importantly, only Event Directors should be authorised as UserCreators. Other volunteers (Run Directors and Result Processors) should be set up as FMSProcessors.
User administration is detailed in the wiki here.
Over the coming months, we will be consolidating records and converting UserCreators to FMSProcessors where appropriate. Your help keeping user access permissions up-to-date is greatly appreciated.
3 Health and Wellbeing Toolkit
Stop press! There are now over 700 registered parkrun practices – this is fantastic progress in only eight months. We would like to thank everyone for their support, and would ask that you continue to share any great case studies via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know that levels of engagement will vary, but from feedback we have received it is clear that practices, events and patients are seeing some incredible benefits from this initiative. It will be important to undertake a thorough evaluation both of implementation and impact and we are working closely with a leading academic (and passionate parkrunner!) to undertake this research. We will be in touch with Ambassadors and 5k event teams in due course about this evaluation.
There is a palpable buzz across primary and secondary health care about the initiative, and we have been inundated with inquiries from a range of professionals, such as physios, OTs, cardiologists, link workers, pharmacists and more, about how they might replicate it. Although, at the moment, we want to focus on the parkrun practices initiative and not roll it out to other sectors, we want to harness this enthusiasm and give all those working in health and social care the resources to be able to promote parkrun to patients and service users. As such, we have produced a generic Health and wellbeing Toolkit that could be used by anyone, regardless of their specialism. It can be downloaded here.
There is also a template slideshow, based on the GP practice specific version, which can be downloaded, edited and uploaded to TV screens in the waiting room/communal areas.
We will share these resources more widely on International Social Prescribing Day on 14 March, but wanted to alert you to their existence and ask that you forward them to any health and social care practitioners who might be interested in promoting parkrun.
Thanks, as always, for your support
Health and Wellbeing Lead
4 Photography Policy
Whilst filming and photography are a fantastic part of parkrun, allowing us to share stories and inspire others to take part, there are clear safeguarding implications and as such all event teams should familiarise themselves with our Photography and Filming Policy.
As with all matters related to safeguarding, we are here to advise and support you, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.
parkrun UK and Ireland
5 Safeguarding at junior parkrun
All junior parkrun events in Republic of Ireland should have received a laminated copy of the parkrun Ireland Child Protection Statement and Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment (junior parkrun Ireland).
Please could I remind you to have this available at your events each week, to provide a link to it via the event’s Facebook page and monitor it for any updates. If your event has somewhere obvious to display it, such as a notice board, this would be great, but we appreciate this won’t always be possible due to the nature of where junior events are held.
parkrun UK and Ireland
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