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Keith Thompson

Special Olympics Ulster
106a University Street
Belfast
BT7 1HP
T: 028 9089 2994

 

Volunteering opportunities at Special Olympics Ulster's events.


Our events will start in November across Ulster. We will host 25 different sporting events for over 2,000 registered Special Olympics athletes. We need volunteers to support the delivery of events which are safe, fun and offer an enjoyable experience to our athletes. 

Each of our events are planned, managed and evaluated by a team of event management volunteers who are supported by a team of sport specific and general volunteers. 

Full training and support is offered by a Special Olympics staff member. If you're already convinced, why not fill out this short from and a member of staff will call you back to discuss the next steps. Alternatively, read on for more about our roles and responsibilities.

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GENERAL VOLUNTEERS
Supports the event management team.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
General volunteers cover a range of key positions including: registration desk, sports information desk, equipment set up and tear down, car parking duties, assisting with the flow of participants around the venue and supervising key entry and exit points.

SKILLS NEEDED
There are no particular skills needed for these roles.
Full training will be provided at the event.
EVENT MANAGER 
The event manager will work in conjunction with a staff member (the regional development officer) to assist with the planning and implementation of events.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
Overseeing of the running of an event. 
Ensure compliance with Special Olympics policies and standards.
Be the point of contact for the event management team. 

SKILLS NEEDED
Good leadership and communications skills are needed for this role.
Must be able to plan and organise resources effectively. 

FOR MORE

Please click here for the full event manager role description.

 
COMPETITION MANAGER
The competition manager will work in conjunction with a staff member (regional development officer) to assist with the planning and implementation of the sports competition of the event.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
Overseeing of the running of the sports competition of the event. 
Ensure compliance with Special Olympics and NGB sports rules and regulations.
Be the point of contact for all sports officials during the event. 

SKILLS NEEDED
Good leadership and communications skills are needed for this role.
Knowledge/experience of the specific sport being delivered is essential. 

FOR MORE

Please click here for the full competition manager role description. 

OPERATIONS MANAGER
The operations manager is primarily responsible for managing most of the operational (i.e.- non-competition) aspects of the event.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
Overseeing the work of all functional area (fa) managers under operations.
Assisting with the overall management of the event team and implementation of the event plan.
Deputise for the event manager as required.

SKILLS NEEDED
Good organisation and communications skills are needed for this role.
Must be able to organise resources resources effectively. 

FOR MORE
Please click here for the full operations manager role description. 

 
VOLUNTEER SERVICES COORDINATOR
The volunteer services coordinator is the point of contact for all volunteers leading up to the event day.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
Ensure that all volunteers are officially registered with Special Olympics Ireland.
Ensure that the requested number of volunteers are assigned to the required roles.
Ensure that all volunteers are deployed appropriately, valued and recognised for their time and contribution.

SKILLS NEEDED
Good inter-personal and communications skills are needed for this role.

FOR MORE

Please click here for the full volunteer services coordinator role description.   
                                
SAFETY OFFICER
The safety officer will work closely with all members of the event management team to ensure the event is planned and managed as safely as possible. 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
Undertake a risk assessment of the venue.
Undertake an emergency response plan for the venue.
Overseeing the development of venue lay-out drawings with regard to site & operational safety.

SKILLS NEEDED
Knowledge of current Health & Safety practices. 

FOR MORE

Please click here for the full safety officer role description.                                                          
 
SPORT SPECIFIC VOLUNTEERS
The competition manager is supported by a team of sport specific volunteers who act as sports officials at events.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
Implement the relevant Special Olympics and NGB rules of each sport.


SKILLS NEEDED
Knowledge/experience of the specific sport being delivered. 
Additional training on Special Olympics and NGB rules and regulations will be provided prior to the event. 

 

  
PROVISIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2019 - 2020

We are currently working to finalise our Calendar of Events 2019 - 2020. However, at present, we are recruiting volunteers for the following events:
          
 SportProvisional Area          Provisional Date         
           Ten Pin Bowling           Lisburn November 2019
 Ten Pin Bowling L/Derry November 2019
 Ten Pin Bowling Monaghan November 2019
 Swimming Omagh February 2020
 Swimming Lisburn February 2020
 Swimming Armagh February 2020
 Bocce Antrim March 2020
 Bocce Magherafelt May 2020
 Bocce Magherafelt May 2020
 Athletics Monaghan June 2020
 Athletics L/Derry June 2020
 Athletics Antrim  June 2020

If you are interested in volunteering at any of our events, or you would like to discuss the various volunteer roles outlined above, please complete the contact form at the top of the page. A member of staff team will contact you within three days of your request. Thank you for taking the time to consider Special Olympics. 


VOLUNTEERING IN A CLUB
In the Ulster Region, we have 64 community sports clubs, special schools, adult centres and services providing weekly training sessions to over 2000 athletes. All of our clubs are managed by teams of volunteers who give their valuable time to ensure our athletes can develop and perform at regional, national and international events. Special Olympics Ulster is offering you the chance to make a real difference to the lives of our athletes by becoming one of the team.Please see below for a full list of volunteer vacancies in our clubs. You can sort the list alphabetically by area or club by clicking on the
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Current Volunteer Opportunities Available In Our Clubs RIGHT NOW!

 **Please note that a general volunteer role will cover a number of tasks including: equipment set up and tear down; registration of athletes and volunteers; inducting new volunteers; supervision of athletes between activities; serving refreshments; supervising the tuck shop**
  
AreaClubSportTraining VenueTraining TimesVolunteers Required
Antrim & Newtownabbey AreaSix Mile Sharks Special Olympics ClubSwimmingSix Mile Leisure Centre, BallyclareTuesdays 6.45pm to 8.30pmVolunteers who are willing to get into the pool to assist athletes
Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon AreaBanbridge Special Olympics ClubAthletics, Basketball, Bocce, Swimming & Table TennisBanbridge High School & Banbridge Leisure CentreWednesdays 7pm to 9pm &/or Fridays 8pm to 9pmGeneral volunteers to assist with a range of tasks
Belfast AreaBelfast Wolves Special Olympics ClubFloorballLoughshore Leisure Centre, BelfastMondays 7pm to 8pmGeneral volunteers to assist with a range of tasks
Belfast AreaPin Pals Special Olympics ClubTen Pin BowlingDundonald Ice Bowl, BelfastWednesdays 7:30pm to 8:30pmGeneral volunteers to assist with a range of tasks
Belfast AreaSalto Gymnastics Special Olympics ClubGymnasticsBelvior Activity Centre, BelfastWednesdays 7:30-9pmGeneral volunteers to assist with a range of tasks
Lisburn & Castlereagh AreaLisburn2gether Special Olympics ClubBocceLisburn LeisurePlexThursdays 7pm to 9pmVolunteers with experience of lawn bowls who may be able to assist with coaching
Mid and East Antrim AreaCarrick Chargers Special Olympics ClubBasketballCarrickfergus Leisure CentreMondays 7:30pm to 9pmVolunteers to fill a number of general roles
Newry, Mourne & Down AreaDown Special Olympics ClubBocceBallymote Leisure Centre, DownpatrickMonday 7pm to 9pmVolunteers with experience of lawn bowls to assist with a range of tasks
Belfast AreaBelfast Cranes Special Olympics ClubBasketballCregagh Community Centre, BelfastWednesday 6pm to 7pmGeneral volunteers to assist with a range of tasks
Donegal AreaErrrigal Special Olympics ClubBocce, Equestrian & SwimmingAn Cuirt, Dunlewy Equestrian Centre & St Columba Community CentreMonday 10am to 12pm, Monday 8pm to 10pm & Wednesday 11am to 1pmBus driver (Cat D Licence) to transport athletes to and from weekly training sessions
Letterkenny AreaNorth West Special Olympics ClubBasketball & FootballCairde Le Cheile, LetterkennySaturday 11am to 1:30pm & Wednesday 5:30pm to 7:30pmGeneral volunteers (especially males)
Newry, Mourne & Down AreaDown Special Olympics ClubTable TennisBallymote Centre, DownpatrickFriday 7pm to 9pmVolunteers with experience of table tennis to assist with a range of general tasks
Letterkenny AreaNorth West Special Olympics ClubBasketball & FootballCairde Le Cheile, LetterkennySaturday 11am to 1:30pm & Wednesday 5:30pm to 7:30pmFundraising volunteers (dates & times can be flexible)
Newry, Mourne & Down AreaShimna Stars Special Olympics ClubBasketballShimna Integrated CollegeTuesday 6:30pm to 8pmGeneral basketball volunteers
Mid & East Antrim AreaCarrick Chargers Special Olympics AreaBasketballCarrickfergus Leisure CentreMonday 7:30pm to 9pmHead Basketball Coach
Letterkenny AreaLetterkenny Strikers Special Olympics ClubTen Pin BowlingArena 7Monday 6:30pm to 8pmGeneral volunteers to assist with a range of tasks
Ards & North Down AreaWizards Special Olympics ClubBasketballBangor Academy Thursday 7pm to 8:30pmHead Basketball Coach
Newry, Mourne & Down AreaDown Special Olympics ClubN/AN/AN/AClub secretary to sit on club management team
Newry, Mourne & Down AreaDown Special Olympics ClubN/AN/AN/AClub administrative assistant with computer skills
Mid Ulster AreaDungannon Special Olympics ClubSwimmingDungannon Leisure CentreMonday 7:30pm to 8:30pmVolunteers who are willing to get into the pool to assist athletes
Donegal AreaDonegal Dynamos Special Olympics ClubFootballDonegal Town Football ClubTuesday 5:30pm to 8pmFootball coach