All volunteers are required to register with Special Olympics GB as soon as they take up their volunteer assignment and must be over 12 years of age. This also includes family members who fulfil roles both on and off the field of play and who play an active part in running their group.
Young Volunteer Policy - To be uploaded shortly.
For more detailed guidance on the Volunteer Registration process and the forms required, please click here.
For further information on what we do with the information you supply us with click here.
Certain Volunteer roles will require a valid DBS or PVG in order to carry out the role. We encourage all volunteers requiring a DBS to sign up to the DBS Update Service.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES (Steering Groups and National Councils)
Each Programme (Club, Network, Region, Home Country) that accredits to Special Olympics Great Britain (GB), is required to have a Steering Group or National Council (depending on the type of accreditation held). Within the Steering Group or National Council, Special Olympics GB asks that specific roles are taken up by volunteers to ensure minimum standards are met, as detailed in the relevant Governance documents. The below outlines the Duties and Responsibilities for these roles and estimates the number of hours the roles may take up, although this may vary according to the size of the Programme and other resources it has access to.
Club & Network Steering Groups
|Region Steering Groups|
|Eligibility Officer(s)||Competition Coordinator(s)|
|Finance Officer||Finance Officer|
|Main Contact||Main Contact|
|Safeguarding & Welfare Officer(s)||Volunteer Coordinator|
Region Steering Groups
|Home Country National Council|
|Competition Coordinators(s)||Competition Coordinator(s)|
|Eligibility Officer(s)||Finance Officer|
|Finance Officer||Main Contact|
|Main Contact||Volunteer Coordinator|
|Safeguarding & Welfare Officer(s)|
Wales / Cymru
|Club Steering Groups||Region Steering Groups||
Home Country National Council
|Eligibility Officer(s)||Competition Coordinator(s)||Competition Coordinator(s)|
|Finance Officer||Eligibility Officer(s)||Finance Officer|
|Main Contact||Finance Officer||Main Contact|
|Safeguarding & Welfare Officer(s)||Main Contact||Volunteer Coordinator|
|Volunteer Coordinator||Safeguarding & Welfare Officer(s)|
It is our aim that all volunteers attend the Volunteer Induction Training session to ensure they are fully briefed about the organisation, its mission and philosophy. Our commitment to our volunteers is to ensure they feel well informed, have a good understanding of the organisation as a whole and feel well prepared and supported to fulfil their volunteer role with confidence. We are also committed to developing training opportunities to enhance the volunteer experience and, in turn, contribute to the growth and development of the National Programme of sports training and competition.
Please note: We are currently updating our training process and will update this section in due course.
To support many of the competitions that occur throughout the year, we use Event Volunteers who volunteer on an ad hoc basis to support the running of these events.
The roles of Event Volunteer can include for example:
Field of play support
These volunteers are also required to register, but via a slightly different process detailed here.