Volunteers week: Introducing…

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Posted 5th June 2017

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.

Find out more about volunteering, including how you can get involvedĀ HERE, and view the latest volunteer opportunities HERE

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