Sported Girls Unite Volunteer Mentor - Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Sport and Physical Activity

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Sported Girls Unite Volunteer Mentor - Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Sport and Physical Activity

London, Greater London Guildford, Surrey Woking, Surrey Brighton, Brighton and Hove Check commute

Voluntary Role (unpaid) Travel Expenses Available

Voluntary

Job Description

Sported is a leading Sport for Development charity, helping to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people across the UK. We’re a membership organisation, working with 3000 amazing community groups and organisations that are using the power of sport to tackle the root causes of some of society’s biggest problems, and giving disadvantaged young people the opportunities to succeed in life. Most of our members are, themselves, led by volunteers. While they’re knowledgeable and passionate about their sport, and know how to work effectively with young people, they often lack the skills, the time and the networks they need to make their clubs sustainable and effective. That’s where Sported comes in!

As a Sported volunteer you will use your professional skills and knowledge to help our members develop their organisations, and by doing so improve more lives, and the communities in which they are based.

Girls Unite

51% of the UK population are female, yet when it comes to sport and physical activity, 1.6 million more men are playing sport once per week than women. Provision and access are significant barriers preventing more women and girls getting active. For example, only 43% of girls say they have the same choice as boys at school in sport and exercise.

‘Girls Unite’ is a Sported project funded by the London Marathon Charitable Trust. It aims to increase and sustain participation in sport and physical activity amongst women and girls (aged 11-18) at a local level, by helping community groups in socially deprived areas of the UK, to increase their knowledge and understanding of how to engage with them.

As part of the project, Sported members from across the London and Surrey area will be selected to work with a Sported volunteer mentor over a 6 month period to support them in better preparing their organisation for attracting and retaining women and girls.

Volunteers will support the member by, attending two women and girls focused training workshops (alongide the member) and providing four one to one mentoring sessions. Each session will focus on a different element of the groups’ work with women and girls, with a mixture of sharing insight & research, facilitated conversations and completing tasks aimed at embedding the learning into their daily activities.

Why become a Girls Unite Volunteer?

  • Working on a unique women and girls focused project
  • Learn about research into Gender Stereotypes and their possible effect in sport
  • Opportunity to share professional skills and expertise with member group
  • Directly support a member group in their work with women and girls
  • Have a positive impact on women and girls within the local community
  • Training from Sported and Women in Sport
  • Personal development opportunity
  • Support from the Sported Volunteer Services team and your Regional Manager
  • Expenses covered

What Is Involved?

  • You will be allocated a member group to work with one to one on this project
  • Supporting your Regional manager to engage your group and make them feel part of the project.
  • Delivery of Women and Girls training to your member groups, young people and members of the local community
  • Facilitating sessions with your group (including committee) to identify areas for development  to improve their work engaging women and girls
  • Guiding and supporting your member through the development of a Women and Girls Engagement Plan
  • Supporting Women in Sport and Sported with collecting monitoring and evaluation information from the member

You will need the following skills/ abilities to deliver for this project:

  • Workshop / Training delivery, Group Facilitation Skills
  • Good Communication with your member group and Sported
  • Strong Administration Skills
  • Listening, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving
  • Building Rapport and Trust with group
  • Persistent and Patient
  • Personable and Reliable
  • Organisational Development, Business Experience
  • Working with Volunteers, Voluntary Management Committees and Third Sector Organisations
  • Interest in supporting the development of opportunities for women and girls in sport

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