Noticeboard - 17th May 2019

May 2019 Volunteer Update


Welcome to this month’s volunteer update. Here is some of the key information for the coming period:


  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Virtual Volunteer App Survey
  • Accessing parkrun Emails



1 Volunteer Coordinator


The Volunteer Coordinator is a very important role. This is the person who is in direct contact with the volunteers and will influence potential volunteers to help your event. All communication should be positive and light.


There are several, currently less used roles that could be used to encourage more volunteers each week.


It is important that all volunteers are added to the roster, both before and after the event. If someone has performed two roles, for instance pre-event set up and scanning, add both roles.


Other roles performed that are not often allocated include Equipment and Storage and the Run Report Writer. These are often performed by the Run Director. It is good practice to record these volunteering instances too.


This shows others that there is a range of volunteer roles that they could fulfil.


Here are some other tips:


  • Never turn a person away from the offer of volunteering.
  • If possible, give first time volunteers a finish funnel role (e.g. timing, scanning, tokens), so they can get to know the team and will be more likely to volunteer in future.
  • Suggest that someone with an injury could help out. Once they have volunteered this way, they are more likely to volunteer again, even when not injured.



2 Virtual Volunteer App Survey


We recently featured the app in a newsletter. Read the article here. And, as it’s been just over a year since the launch of the parkrun Virtual Volunteer app we’d like to hear what you think about it so far.


Please take a couple of minutes to complete the survey. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

Click here to access the survey.



3 Accessing parkrun Emails


All the parkrun event emails were moved to Google (G Suite) earlier in the year and with this came changes in login details. Accessing your email regularly is an important part of an event team’s role. If you are unable to access your emails please contact Event Support.


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