As #VolunteersWeek continues, we turn the spotlight on another of the people helping to make sport happen in South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.
Name: Liz Stephensen-Payne
How did you first become involved with volunteering?
I started out as a participant of a Leeds Girls Can run session and found myself getting involved in walking and cycling too. I became really passionate out Leeds Girls Can and the opportunities that were being provided for women of all shapes and abilities in local communities (some really deprived). I wanted to do what I could to help and before I knew it, Dani had asked me to be an Ambassador for Leeds Girls Can. I was one of the initial 3 women appointed as Ambassadors.
Who do you currently volunteer for and what is your role?
Leeds Girls Can. As an ambassador, I advocate all Leeds Girls Can sessions and events as much as possible. I flyer drop in GP surgerys, shops and othe rlocal businesses. I also support a lot through social media and share things from the LGC facebook page. I also like to write blogs for LGC to use. I attend events and monthly meetings and generally help out wherever possible. I am walk leader trained and lead a monthly health walk to attract ages 55+. I also tail run every other week at a run group in Middleton.
How often do you volunteer on average?
Around five hours a week.
Why do you volunteer?
For the love of This Girl Can and to meet new people.
What do you most enjoy about volunteering?
The reward from participants telling me how I have helped them.
What has been your proudest moment or achievement as a volunteer?
I have attended some conferences and public health training which has allowed me to represent Leeds Girls Can. This made me feel really proud.