This week at the Institute of Fundraising National Convention, a new group of social partners united to call for community groups, schools, universities, colleges and other charities to join them in keeping the spirit of 2012 alive through a new national Olympic legacy project, Britain’s Personal Best.
This project, delivered by the Society Network Foundation - the charitable arm of the Big Society Network - with funding from the Big Lottery Fund, will capture that extraordinary social energy unleashed by the London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 by encouraging charities, schools, community organisations and members of the public across the nation to take part in the first ever Britain’s Personal Best Weekend on 4 to 6 October 2013, striving to achieve their own personal bests, whether in sports, arts, education or enterprise.
During the games, the recording of competitors’ personal bests, or PBs, became commonplace as athletes secured lifetime achievements. The idea behind Britain’s Personal Best was simple – to take the notion of the personal best and move it from its current association with elite athletic accomplishment and instead invite everyone in the UK to achieve a PB as part of a new annual national celebration of personal achievement.
From day one, Britain's Personal Best has been developed with the full involvement and support of many charities and voluntary sector bodies, and it will continue to be guided by them so the project progresses in ways that best help them to take part.
New organisations, charities and groups wanting to join today can download a resource pack to help take the message out to their networks and get people involved – for the first time enabling them to build upon and be part of an accredited Olympic legacy project.
The Britain’s Personal Best team is currently working with the Institute of Fundraising and other social partners to design the online and offline fundraising aspects of the big weekend, and encourage others to get involved. Founding social partners include the Institute of Fundraising, vInspired Groundwork, Community Service Volunteers, 21st Century Legacy, the NHS Confederation, Acevo, Navca and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.
Britain’s Personal Best is our biggest chance to reignite the spirit of 2012 and empower the nation to achieve their own personal bests in the footsteps of their Olympic heroes, whether it is in sport, arts, culture, business or the local community. Starting with our big weekend in October, and working in partnership with charities, community groups and schools, we want Britain’s Personal Best to become synonymous with motivating and inspiring individuals and communities to believe in themselves and reach their full potential.
To find out more go www.britainspersonalbest.org.
Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs is chief operating officer of Britain's Personal Best
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