Alison Douglas: archery, autism and awards

Alison studied an MA Austism Spectrum degree at Manchester Metropolitan University and worked tirelessly to expand the Archery club on the Cheshire campus. In doing so, Alison managed to log over 200 volunteering hours and was one of our stand out volunteers for the 2015/16 academic year.

We spoke to Alison about her experiences and what winning this award meant to her!

Alison Douglas

What volunteering activities have you been involved in since September 2015?

I have been the chair of the Archery Team at MMU Cheshire Campus, as well as doing the normal chairing hours and duties I have helped to organise a regional championship tournament at MMU Cheshire for the North England University Archery League. Alongside this, I have also been part of the team that ran the active campus archery sessions, introducing the sport to new people in a non-committal and stress freeway. I have also been volunteering at a local autism charity where I support people with autism through difficult periods in life as well as celebrating achievements in their life to promote positive mental attitude


Why did you initially get involved in volunteering at MMU sport? What were your motivations?

I initially got involved in volunteering with MMU Sport by joining my archery club’s committee, my motivations were that I want to be able to progress my club and make it more accessible to everyone. I wanted to share my love of the sport with other people.

What have you gained from volunteering at MMU?

I have gained confidence in my skills as well as gaining new skills in people management from being the chair of the club. I have also achieved my goal of sharing the love of the sport among my teammates and active campus users.

Has there been a standout event / moment from the year?

The stand out moment of the year was watching NEUAL Indoors (our regional championship) come together, after all the hard work that went into it from the whole team, watching it be successful just made me so proud to be part of the team that made it happen.

What would say to someone who is thinking about volunteering?

I would say to them that they should definitely do it, find something you are passionate about and it does not feel like a job, it is just another way to get involved in your hobby/sport, it’s a great way to meet new people and to progress your skills which can really boost your employability.

What does winning this award mean to you and how will it help you in the future?

It is an honor to receive this award; I still cannot believe that I have been given it. I think it will help me in the future, as employers will look at this and think I could be a good part of their team. I would like to thank the archery team for allowing me to be your chair and giving me this volunteering experience. It has been amazing being part of the team that has achieved so much; and you still have so far to go. I am just happy I got the opportunity to be part of the foundation to build the club on. Again thank you.

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