Volunteer For 2017 Special Olympics GB National Summer Games in #Sheffield

Legends Currie & Hurst Kick-off Volunteer Search For 2017 Special Olympics GB National Summer Games

image005Sheffield football legends Tony Currie & David Hirst, together with The Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield, have officially launched the ‘Volunteers Programme’ for Special Olympics GB’s National Games. The Games will be held in Sheffield in August 2017.

Currie, Hirst and the Sheffield Mayors became the first of the National Games Volunteers to sign up and get involved – something available to all members of the public!

In the region of 750 volunteers are required to ensure the successful running of the Games and Special Olympics GB is hoping this launch will encourage individuals, businesses and their employees to come forward and get involved.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering at the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games or you would like to complete the online registration, please visit our website www.sheffield2017.org.uk

Special Olympics GB is thrilled to have long-term supporter, Coca-Cola Enterprises, backing the Volunteers Programme at the 2017 National Games.

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.

The National Summer Games will open on Monday 7th August, with an opening ceremony the following day and competition will continue until Friday 11th August 2017‏. In the region of 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities will take part in 19 sports events.

It is the showpiece event every four years for the organisation and its athletes. Almost 1.5 million people in the UK (2% of the population) have an intellectual disability.

Special Olympics GB Games Volunteer Ambassador and Sheffield United legend Tony Currie, said: “Being so associated with Sheffield, I am delighted to support the 2017 National Summer Games being held in the city.”

Sheffield Wednesday hero and one of the first volunteers to sign up, David Hirst, commented: “Special Olympics GB athletes are heading to these Games with great dreams and I am thrilled to play a small part in supporting this great event.”

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Julian Hunt, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) GB, commented: “This really is an event where everyone can get involved and at CCE we are thrilled to be supporting Special Olympics GB’s National Summer Games of 2017. This is the largest disability sports event of 2017, entry to the sports is free to the public and will provide great memories for athletes, families and volunteers alike.”

Karen Wallin, Special Olympics GB’s CEO, said: “Volunteers will create a backdrop of energy and enthusiasm to fuel the National Games in Sheffield from start to finish.

“I am sure our 2017 Volunteers will create a spirit and atmosphere that will encourage all of our athletes to compete and achieve their potential and personal best.

“The Special Olympics GB 2017 National Summer Games will be the largest multi-sport event in the country in the year with over 2,500 athletes with an intellectual disability travelling to the City of Sheffield to compete in 19 different sports. They will be supported by around 800 coaches and assistants.

“It will be a very special games and another opportunity for volunteers to come together as one team with one goal.

“This is a unique sporting event where volunteers play an integral role in the planning, preparation, staging and success of the Games.

“To achieve this goal, Special Olympics GB needs volunteers for catering, accommodation, administration, transport, logistics, photography, hospitality, athlete entertainment, stewarding, information, merchandising, volunteer liaison and communication.

“Of course, volunteers will also be required for the field of play to support our competition managers and officials.

“From today we will be actively recruiting a team of 750 volunteers for the five day period of the Games and are very excited at the prospect of welcoming new volunteers to Special Olympics GB from all sections of the community.”

If you would like to find out more about volunteering at the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games or you would like to complete the online registration, please visit our website www.sheffield2017.org.uk

Archer Project Fundraising Supper

On Thursday evening Hydra creative & friends hosted a Homelessness  awareness raising  fundraising supper & cookery demo in aid of the Archer Project in Sheffield .

Amy Dixon wrote to everyone who had attended to say a big THANK YOU to all attendees. She said   “Firstly we had a HUGE pile of donations on the table, ranging from sleeping bags to clothing to food!! It’s great to know that these will be given out to homeless people, and they will feel a little less cold this weekend, all because of your kindness and generosity.

Secondly we managed to raise £1850 in cash for the Archer Project which is a fantastic result for everyone involved and I’m so over the moon with how much that will help the Archer Project achieve!

Lastly, we have raised a fantastic amount of awareness! There were many people in the room last night (including myself) who just didn’t realise how important it is to have somewhere for homeless people to go to have a hot meal, a hot shower and a hot drink – all of the things that we take for granted. By raising awareness like we did last night, over social media, in the press and by word of mouth, we can all work together to make this project stronger!

With the help of Vinny, Nando’s are kindly donating their leftover food to the project for the next two years!! ”

Vinny spoke about his experiences as a young adult of how it was & how it  felt to be homeless . Thanks to Vinny.

We had some amazing food created & served by Sheffield College catering students in the Sparkes College restaurant . We had a demo of how to make the chocolate mousse cake before supper.  Here are some pictures of the food. The CEO of the Archer project welcomed diners some of whom had used & subsequently found employment at the project. He urged everyone to enjoy the event & celebrate everyones aspiration & right to enjoy dignity & some nice things in life whatever their current circumstances .

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The menu.

Yummy !

The Archer Project need your donations & they post updates regularly on what they need http://www.archerproject.org.uk/donate.php so drop them in when you are in town, just behind the Cathedral .