Snow-Camp Staff Reflect During National Volunteers Week

We all  know how invaluable volunteers are across all sectors of our society, but did you know just how important the roles of volunteers play at Snow-Camp? To celebrate National Volunteers Week, we asked our programme managers to share their reflections.

Will Ferguson-Smith- Snow-Camp Scotland Development & Fundraising Manager

“Snow-Camp wouldn’t function without the work of volunteers. Our trustees, patrons, ambassadors, Youth Forum and KIGS members all take time to make it work. Individuals giving up their own time and giving their professional time for free are a huge part of our story and we thank them all from the bottom of our hearts. It wouldn’t have even started without the vision of our director, Dan, and his drive and time commitment to make it a successful one.

Volunteering heavily impacted my own career and having volunteered and worked for another charity previously I began Snow-Camp Scotland on a voluntary basis, getting Dan’s blessing to pilot programmes up here and try to recreate the amazing work that Snow-Camp had done in London for the 9 years previously. I put every effort into it and 5 years on we now have the full programme of courses available to our young people with apprenticeships and more to come. I couldn’t do it myself and more volunteers came to help- including family (for example my wife who volunteered on the first ever Snow-Camp course and gave birth to our first child three days later!), friends, former colleagues and complete strangers who happened to share a love of snowsports and a desire to improve the lives of others.

Even our new programme manager, Laura, has come to us not as a professional youth worker; but as someone who has volunteered with a youth group involved in our programmes and decided to take her career on a completely different path!

Volunteering has taken me on a journey; doing incredible things in incredible places with incredible people.  It’s an experience I’d recommend to everyone, even if you can only commit a little of your time to doing so. I believe being a volunteer has taught me more than anything else in my life so far, as have the people I’ve met in the process. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved through volunteering and what I’ve seen others achieve. You can be part of something huge that’ll last for generations. Give it a go, you won’t regret it!”

 

Andrew Kimber – Snow-Camp Bristol & Cardiff Programme Manager

“Meet Stacey, one of Snow-Camps volunteers. I first met Stacey in 2012 as a young person with Snow-Camp in Italy. On a trip with Snow-Camp, completing her shadowing hours for their Level 1 instructor qualification it was her first ever experience of being in the mountains. I can remember the levels of excitement and shear wonder she spoke with when we discussed why she was in Italy and the opportunities she had discovered through Snow-Camp.

Fast forward almost 5 years and Stacey is still involved with Snow-Camp, though not as a participant. As well as volunteering on Snow-Camp courses, Stacey is an active member of Snow-Camps youth forum, a platform for young people to stay involved with Snow-Camp to have an active say in the development of the charity, find out about work placements and volunteer opportunities and gain work experience. She was voted volunteer of the year by her peers in 2016.

Throughout the courses she involves herself in ensuring young people know what and where they should be, she is confident in the equipment room, and busy on the slope, helping others with any challenges they need to overcome and never shy to ask for tips herself in increasing her understanding of teaching.

Away from Snow-Camp she now organises trips out to winter resorts and last year took 23 people out to Tignes in France.

A huge inspiration to many young people attending Snow-Camp courses and a real ambassador to the positive change Snow-Camp can affect.”

If you’ve been inspired and want to get involved, please get in touch!

Besides supporting the delivery of our Programmes, there are many way’s in which you can support our work – either by fundraising, raising awareness about our work or adding value in other ways. To get involved, please contact the Snow-Camp team on +44(0)1273 241383, email dan.k@snow-camp.org.uk or find our more on our Get Involved page here. We would love to hear from you.

To find out more about National Volunteers Week, please visit www.volunteersweek.org.

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