We are proud to have Helen Bird (Swimming) & Nicki Whiteside (Water Polo), our skilled and committed Welfare Officers as part of our club, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all our members. Discover the pivotal role they play, how they benefit our community, and the various ways to get in touch with them.

The Role of a Swim England Club Welfare Officer

The Swim England Club Welfare Officer is responsible for promoting a safe and inclusive environment for everyone involved in our club – from swimmers and coaches to volunteers and parents. Their primary duties include:

  1. Implementing and promoting Swim England's safeguarding policies and procedures.
  2. Ensuring that club members understand their responsibilities regarding safeguarding and welfare.
  3. Being the first point of contact for any welfare or safeguarding concerns.
  4. Providing advice and support for club members in matters related to welfare and safeguarding.
  5. Collaborating with local authorities and external agencies when necessary.

Benefits of a Swim England Club Welfare Officer

Our Welfare Officer plays an essential role in maintaining a positive atmosphere within the club by:

  1. Ensuring a safe environment: By implementing and monitoring safeguarding policies, our Welfare Officer helps to create a secure space for all members to enjoy swimming without fear or concern.
  2. Building trust: Members know that they have a designated person to turn to for advice and support in sensitive matters, fostering a sense of trust within the club community.
  3. Promoting inclusivity: Our Welfare Officer works tirelessly to ensure that every member feels welcome and included, regardless of their age, ability, or background.
  4. Educating members: By providing information and guidance on welfare and safeguarding issues, our Welfare Officer ensures that the entire club stays informed and proactive in protecting our members.

Getting in Touch with the Welfare Officers

To ensure the accessibility of our Welfare Officer, we offer multiple ways to get in touch:

  1. In-person: Helen & Nicki are often present at club events and training sessions. Feel free to approach them with any concerns or questions.
  2. Email: You can contact our Welfare Officer directly via email at [email protected]

At FST, we are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all our members. Our Swim England Club Welfare Officers play an integral role in ensuring this commitment is upheld. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to get in touch – they're here to help!