March 2017 – Emma Jeffrey
Emma has volunteered in total to date almost 500 hours, this has been split across different opportunities. Emma currently volunteers with Fylde Sharks Disability swimming club, Lytham St Anne’s swimming club, Beavers 17th scout hut and as an anti-bullying Ambassador within school. Emma has been able to support many children with disabilities to be able to learn to swim; she has also had the opportunity to support her 15-year-old autistic cousin on a one to one basis in the pool. Through her commitment with volunteering Fylde Sharks offered to pay for her to complete her Level 1 swimming teacher’s qualification. Emma has also given back, Emma organised a sponsored swim for a young boy at Fylde sharks who needed an operation that the NHS wouldn’t fund, she managed to raise £750 to help him. She has also fundraised at bake sales with her grandma raising more money for Fylde sharks.
Through volunteering Emma has the ability to teach and improve the lives of other young people with disabilities, Emma gets enjoyment from seeing them laugh and smile whilst in the water which encourages her to continue volunteering.
Emma also coaches younger swimmers at Lytham swimming club; she helps them improve their swimming technique, stroke and encourages them to part take in competitions.
Emma is a selfless individual, she has volunteered so much of her own time to improve the lives of others, from what she has gained through her experiences she has equally given back.
Let us know what you get up to and you could be volunteer of the month next month!