What is Swans?
Oxford Swans has been teaching swimming to children and adults with disabilities for 40 years. We are a friendly and supportive club. We do a lot of one-to-one work and group activity in the water.
We swim at Ferry Pool, Summertown on Saturday mornings, and at Leys Pool, Blackbird Leys on Tuesday evenings.
Anyone can help, you don’t have to be a proficient swimmer. Just an interest in swimming and helping is needed. The club can teach you all you need to know.
Anyone who has an interest in volunteering is encouraged to join. You could be doing your Duke of Edinburgh, want a new challenge or simply have a couple of hours spare to help out.
What can I get involved with?
Help support our swimmers in the water. You will work with an experienced instructor at first, and discover how to help swimmers gain confidence in the water and learn to swim.
You can help at our Saturday session or our Tuesday session, or both!
The Tuesday session is an hour long and the Saturday two hours. You may decide to volunteer for just one hour on the Saturday. For either session you don’t have to help every single week.
Administrative tasks, such as helping to maintain our membership list and organising events.
Become a club committee member. Gain committee experience volunteering for a registered charity.
What skills will I gain?
Skills and experience to use towards a career in teaching, health care, working with children, the elderly and people with a range of disabilities.
Regular helpers may choose to undertake the Halliwick Foundation course so you can qualify as a Halliwick Instructor (recognised by the Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy and the International Halliwick Association).
You may be working towards your Duke of Edinburgh award and want to gain volunteer experience.
DBS Certificate (Disclosure and Barring Service). We’ll help you apply for your DBS certificate. There’s no cost to you, and you can use it if you work/help at other organisations.
How can I get involved?
Please come along to one of our sessions.
There’s more information on our Helpers page: https://oxfordswans.com/helpers/
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us: 07847 821703
Secretary: Becky Horton, Chair: Hazel Beaver
Registered Charity No 1052858
Michael Song has been a volunteer at the Saturday session of Swans since last summer. We are extremely grateful to Michael for his continued support for our swimmers. Here he talks about his experience of volunteering.
Catherine’s daughter Lydia has been going to Swans for the past 18 years. She explains: “It is the high point of her week as it’s the only time she is not being supported in her wheelchair. Through the great volunteers at Swans, Lydia has learnt to float on her back on her own. It took 12 years of Saturdays before she achieved getting her 10 metre badge but it was worth all the effort from the helpers at Swans, when you watch her floating around with a big smile on her face.”