As part of our Community Pledge this month, we are delighted to have been able to fund the training for a new Volunteer Coach with RunningSpace. Their coaches really are the beating heart of their organisation – they’re almost always ‘home grown’ and have often been impacted by suicide themselves so are very well placed to support participants.
The lovely lady who will be their newest coach sadly lost her dad to suicide 18 months ago, she began running with the charity in January and hasn’t looked back since. She knows first-hand how learning to run in a supportive group, outside, on a regular basis can benefit mental and physical health.
New Volunteer Coaches must undergo full training which includes completing a Leadership in Running Fitness training which is “designed to prepare a person to provide a safe and enjoyable running experience for young people aged 12 years and older, and adults of any ability”, and includes an online safeguarding element and DBS checks. Coaches also attend safeTALK suicide awareness and prevention training as delivered by RunningSpace.
This is such an incredible charity who rely on these amazing volunteers and money raised to be able to continue to provide this invaluable service to their members who simply couldn’t get by without them.
As a company we love that our Community Pledge enables us to donate money to our charities but what means the most to us is when we can see first-hand that the money makes a real difference. So when we heard that RunningSpace were raising money to train new Volunteer Coaches we were keen to donate the money for the cost of training for one new person to get started right away.
If you would like to learn more about Running Space or to see how you could support this wonderful organisation, check out their website: https://runningspace.org/