The benefits of volunteering at Brighton Marathon Weekend 2019
The benefits of team volunteering are practically endless. Not only are you helping others, but you’re helping yourself improve as a person. Brighton Marathon is renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and roaring crowd support. Here are a few reasons you should consider volunteering at BMW19:
Volunteering gives you a huge sense of achievement
Volunteering can be hard work but it gives you a massive sense of achievement. Your support will help someone overcome a physical and mental challenge and motivate them to complete the Marathon or 10K which provides a real sense of fulfilment for you too. You’ll put the skills you already have to good use and work with a team of like-minded people to help the event run smoothly.
Volunteering connects you to others
You’ll make new friends by volunteering and it’s great for networking, so it’s perfect if you’re new to the area! Volunteers are all striving for the event to run smoothly so working in a team of like-minded people who are pulling together and utilising their strengths gives a sense of belonging and comradery. You could come away with friends for life or even a new business contact!
Volunteering is good for the mind
Volunteering brings fun and fulfilment to your life. The sense of belonging and working as a team is great for mental wellbeing. Social isolation is a large contributor to depression and volunteering at Brighton Marathon is a great way to strike up conversations with new people and distress.
Volunteering can advance your career by giving you valuable skills and experience
There are so many different roles a volunteer can get stuck into. From logistics to administration, supporting runners on the course and handing out those all-important medals. Some of these roles will be unlike anything you’ve done before meaning you’ll learn new skills such as problem-solving, communication skills and team leading. These are a great addition to any CV and can help you stand out from a crowd of candidates.
Don’t just take our word for it:
‘’All the team - volunteers, management and team leaders - are such a supportive, helpful bunch that to me it feels like a yearly family gathering. It is even more special when we meet new volunteers.
We all work hard in our huge array of roles to make the Brighton Marathon Weekend the success it is and have fun along the way.’’
Janet Roberts - Volunteer at Brighton Marathon Weekend since 2011
‘’I get so much from volunteering at The Brighton Marathon Weekend, I always have so much fun, make new friends and get a huge sense of achievement at the end of the day’’
Kelly Jones- Volunteer at Brighton Marathon Weekend since 2014
I decided to volunteer because I really wanted to work in the events industry and I thought the experience would help me. It was the best decision I ever made, I have volunteered for the past few years and have gained invaluable experience which has led me to paid work.’’
Amy Porter - Volunteered at Brighton Marathon Weekend since 2015
See the full list of voluntary roles for Brighton Marathon Weekend here.