The Pass On Your Passion campaign has been celebrating the female workforce that make sport and physical activity happen across the north of England from September to December 2019. The campaign will see women share their stories of how they overcame their own barriers to get involved in volunteering. The hope is that by sharing how they have overcome barriers, others will be inspired to overcome their own barriers and start their own journey into volunteering, so that they too can reap the benefits of volunteering, such as improved mental wellbeing, confidence and building new friendships.
We are encouraging women currently within the workforce, to think of someone they know and encourage and support them to give it a go, passing on their passion for volunteering or coaching, onto the next generation.
Jen is a carer for her husband and felt guilty about being away from him and taking time for herself. However, she’s learned that as a carer she has to take time for herself to help her be the best support to her husband that she can be. Through volunteering with the On Your Bike programme, she’s found something that she loves to do and an extra support network for herself, that she didn’t even realise she needed.
Lindsey wanted to improve the health and wellbeing of her local community in Burnage, Manchester, by setting up a parkrun, but was worried about how much time she could commit to it. With work commitments and family responsibilities filling her plate, she was unsure how realistic taking on more would be for her. Despite her uncertainty, Lindsey decided that it’s important to make time for things that you value, after all, we're all busy!
For Kiera, who has multiple learning disabilities, sport was the first place she was able to make friends after being bullied at school, and it was seeing her coaches helping others that inspired her to start her own journey. Volunteering and coaching people of all ages, as her mother Jacqui says, has been the making of her. People with learning disabilities are often told that they can’t do things, but can’t certainly isn’t in Kiera’s vocabulary.
Having a disability had meant Katrina had been verbally abused a lot of her life, causing her self confidence to be rock bottom, and meaning she only spoke to those in her close family. Whilst Breakthrough were supporting Katrina in finding employment, she started volunteering with the UK Cheerleading Association, which helped her to grow in confidence, gain lifelong friends, and find employment, doing a job which she loves.