Graeme’s Volunteer Story

I became a volunteer with Warrington Wolves Foundation in 2011. Around September of that year, I was at a very low ebb, I was unemployed and had a few interviews but was always overlooked for the jobs. I then saw a volunteer opportunity for the club, who at the time was looking for a Volunteer Archivist, so I applied and went for an informal interview. I started two months later archiving all the programmes, DVDs, magazines, videos for the heritage room at the stadium. I thought I would only be there for a couple of months. I got to know a lot of the Foundation staff and volunteers whilst archiving and they were very friendly and helpful, some of whom were disabled like myself.

Once I got most of the archive in order, Neil Kelly (the Foundation Director) asked me to stay on as new heritage comes into us all the time, I was more than happy to. In 2012 I was asked if I would be interested in meeting and greeting supporters on match days with fellow volunteers. Through this, I have met so many wonderful people who have now become friends. I have worked matchday since 2013 and since 2016 as a Game Changer. I love meeting supporters young and old and obviously disabled people. I want people to come to the stadium every week. When I volunteer I have a responsibility to promote the club at all times as well as the town as a whole.

I couldn’t pick out a stand-out moment since I started there have been so many! I worked on the Wire 2 Wolves project, the timeline in the South Stand which opened in April 2013, the Pass It Back launches and I also represented the club as a volunteer at the Rugby League World Cup 2017 Celebration Day in Huddersfield.

I never want it to end and I would love to be still working match days the season that we finally become Super League Champions. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before that becomes a reality! I would recommend the Foundation to anyone wanting to volunteer as they do so much more in the community than Rugby League and you will meet so many magnificent people and make many friends. It is an honour and privilege to be involved.