The Join In blog: Tagged "Eddie Izzard"

L-R: Volunteer Helen Seamer, BT's Suzy Goodman, Gus O'Donnell, Eddie Izzard, Will Watt, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Charles Allen, Rebecca Birkbeck and Simetrica's Daniel Fujiwara.
The strong speaker line-up at the launch of Making Time.

‘Making Time’ research launched in Whitehall

On 5th May 2016, Join In launched its look into the motivations and barriers of volunteers in the UK, with a focus on sport.

The launch in Whitehall was led by Join In Chair, Lord Charles Allen, and Britain’s most successful Paralympian and Join In trustee, Tanni Grey-Thompson. Join In patron Eddie Izzard, leading economist and former Cabinet Secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell and Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson also backed the launch.

Lord Charles Allen recounted his deep commitment to sports volunteering, from the Manchester Commonwealth Games to being Mayor of the Olympic Village in London 2012.

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Help ParalympicsGB excel at Rio2016.

British Paralympic campaign receives stellar support

Eddie Izzard and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson are two of four ambassadors supporting the latest fundraising campaign launched by the British Paralympic Association↑. Members of the public are asked to help Supercharge Paralympics GB by generating support and donating funds.

Repeating the success of London 2012 won’t be easy, especially with the next two Olympic and Paralympic Games far away from home soil. It will be more challenging and expensive, and while the Paralympians get funding from the National Lottery and UK Sport, theses athletes often require extras, such as special mattresses.

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Our year in pictures.

Our favourite photos from 2015

Here at Join In, we’re lucky to receive photos of our volunteers on a regular basis. Over the course of this year, we’ve worked with a handful of professional photographers and also received loads of pics taken by just about everyone with a smartphone.

Here are our favourite photos of the year. Look closely to see if you can spot anyone you know!

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So many stars made a #BigThankYou call from the golden phone box at BBC Sports Personality 2015.
So many stars made a #BigThankYou call from the golden phone box at BBC Sports Personality 2015.

What a night! #BigThankYou at BBC Sports Personality 2015

What a spectacular night it was at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Once again, the UK’s sporting heroes queued up at the golden phone box to say thanks to the people who make local sport happen – the volunteers.

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Eddie Izzard will be leading the #BigThankYou for the second year at BBC Sports Personality
Eddie Izzard will be leading the #BigThankYou for the second year at BBC Sports Personality

Eddie Izzard to lead the #BigThankYou to grassroots sport

We’re back at BBC Sports Personality of the Year!

Join In and BBC Get Inspired are joining forces again to lead the UK’s biggest thank you to sports volunteers at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015.

Taking place in Belfast on Sunday 20 December, Join In patron Eddie Izzard will be asking the sporting greats attending the star-studded event and the viewers at home to say a #BigThankYou to the UK’s unsung heroes of sport.

Eddie said: “It’s incredible how many people are investing their time into helping others stay fit and active. Whether it’s friends motivating each other to go out running, an enthusiastic parent collecting subs or the coach taking training each week, there is a whole army of helpers out there, building their communities by making sport happen. We want to celebrate their incredible achievements and everything they do for British sport.”

Live on the red carpet, Eddie will be manning our gold phone box and inviting the stars to phone and surprise outstanding sports volunteers, saying a #BigThankYou for all their hard work. (more…)

Your club could benefit from one of thousands of new volunteers.
Your club could benefit from one of thousands of new volunteers.

How the Big Help Out can grow your club

The #BigHelpOut aims to find 10,000 new helpers for sport in the lead up to December’s BBC Sports Personality. Make sure your club or group is ready.

Eddie Izzard and Tanni Grey-Thompson launched the #BigHelpOut with Join In and BBC Get Inspired this week. Our mission is to find 10,000 new helpers for local clubs like yours by Christmas. Watch the film below to see how your club can benefit.

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Join In is working with BBC Get Inspired to get 10,000 helpers into local sport.
Join In is working with BBC Get Inspired to get 10,000 helpers into local sport.

Join In and BBC Get Inspired launch the #BigHelpOut

Ahead of BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Join In patron Eddie Izzard and Tanni Grey-Thompson launch #BigHelpOut with BBC Get Inspired.

Coaches and cheerleaders, guide runners and groundskeepers, referees and Rugby World Cup volunteers – these and thousands more keep sport thriving.

And you can be a part of it too.

HELP OUT WITH JOIN IN

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2014: A year in review

How does a UK sports volunteering charity hit the headlines? In 2014, the answer for Join In was a string of high profile collaborations. Read about our amazing 2014 in the Join In Journal, below.

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Eddie Izzard: Volunteering is good for everyone

Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard is Join In’s patron. In 2009, volunteers supported him in running 43 marathons in 51 days in aid of Sport Relief, and he became the official cheerleader of the Games Makers at London 2012.

Volunteers are the backbone of sport in the UK – without them, sport just wouldn’t be possible. Behind every sporting champion or grassroots sports club is an army of volunteers who have dedicated their time and efforts to sport.

Every Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports star started out at a local sports club or group. Any one of them will tell you how important volunteers are, and the vital role that they’ve played in their career.

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Eddie Izzard: “Join in with parkrun – or we’ll tickle you.”

Have you got a little time to spare on Saturday mornings? Because Eddie Izzard wants your help.

Join In’s multi-marathoner patron is asking more people to help out at parkruns and did his bit by joining in with the runners and volunteers of Meadowbank in Edinburgh.

“Volunteer! It’s just a morning thing,” he said. “You work with other people, you’ll get to know people, it’ll be fun! It’s not much work, it’s easy to do. Everyone can do it.”

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