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Volunteer Update - June 2021

Welcome to the monthly volunteer update for June

It’s been another month of positivity for parkrun, with events resuming in Denmark, Poland and Northern Ireland. Whilst the restart has been pushed back a month in England, the momentum feels to be moving in the right direction for parkrun around the world and we hope that the majority of events will be back before too long.

Now that you’re here, please take the opportunity to have a look around the Volunteer Hub, where you’ll find all that you need to know about volunteering at parkrun.

In addition, the parkrun Safeguarding Hub contains everything you need to know about safeguarding children and vulnerable adults at parkrun events.

Volunteering Videos

The Australian parkrun team are putting together a series of volunteering videos, giving some insight into a number of the key roles at a parkrun event, and demonstrating how easy the tasks are with the new Virtual Volunteer App. The videos are hosted on the parkrun Youtube channel, and first up is Barcode Scanning.

It’s a great video for event teams to share to encourage parkrunners from their communities to give Barcode Scanning a go.

Processing results before confirming the volunteer roster

With the improvements to the Virtual Volunteer App and the event QR codes, there’s one small but important difference to the order in which teams should process their results and volunteer rosters after each parkrun please.

Results should be processed before confirming the volunteer roster, so that anyone who runs and then volunteers as a barcode scanner is then added to the roster when their scanning file is uploaded and the results are processed.

Of course if any adjustments are required, it’s absolutely fine to add, remove, and reassign roles to volunteers later and reconfirm your updated roster to parkrun.

Virtual Volunteer App

Feeling a bit out of practice with timing and scanning? You can start practising today on the Virtual Volunteer App, which you download from the App Store or Google Play.

Event teams can also use the Test environment of WebFMS to practice uploading files using the Event QR code, ready for results processing. (Note that files uploaded via the Virtual Volunteer App go to both the ‘live’ (production) and the test site of WebFMS, so are available to be used in both environments).

parkrun Codes of Conduct

With events continuing to return around the world, it’s worth revisiting the parkrun Codes of Conduct for 5k and 2k junior events, which help us to ensure that our events are safe and run smoothly.

Just 8 simple things to remember for our 5k events!

  • Pay attention to the pre-parkrun briefing

  • Respect everyone’s right to participate in their own way

  • Under 11s always within arm’s reach of a parent or guardian

  • One dog (on a short lead) per person

  • Be mindful of your local environment and other people

  • No printed barcode, no time, no exception

  • Have fun, it’s only a walk, jog or run

  • Thank the amazing volunteers

    And a couple more for our 2k junior events:

  • A parent or guardian accompanies under 11s to and from the event

  • For children aged 4 to 14 (in countries where 5k parkrun has returned), or 4-10 (in countries where 5k parkrun is yet to return)

  • Parents or guardians can take part too

  • Pay attention to the pre-parkrun briefing

  • Respect your local environment and other people

  • Let children walk, jog, hop, skip and run for fun!

  • No dogs allowed apart from assistance dogs

  • Only children to enter the finish funnel

  • No printed barcode, no time, no exception

  • Thank the amazing volunteers

Events can also download posters for the Codes of Conduct here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Thanks for reading, we will be back again at the end of July, when hopefully a majority of parkrun events around the world will be back up and running. Until then, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, keep active, and if you’re close to a parkrun event that’s open - see you at the weekend.

James Kemp Signature