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Strength & Balance exercise class Support Volunteer

Posted: Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:01

Strength & Balance exercise class Support Volunteer

Strength & Balance exercise class Support Volunteer

Are you looking for a truly rewarding experience? Would you like to make a practical difference to older people in your community who have had a fall or are worried about their balance?

No need to know about exercise.

Strength & Balance Community Classes that are in need of a volunteer

We would really like a regular weekly commitment from you for 15 mins. before and after the class (i.e. a total of 1.5 hrs.)

 Bodicote Village Hall Mondays 1.15 - 2.15 pm

 Masonic Hall, Wallingford Thursdays11.15 - 12.15 pm

 Storton Lodge, Goring Mondays 11.15 - 12.15

 Sonning Common Village Hall Fridays 1.30 - 2.30 pm

 All Saints Youth and Community Hall, Didcot Thursdays 1.15 - 2.15

 Benson Village Hall Mondays 10 - 11 am

 Grove Village Hall Tuesdays 10.30 - 11.30 am

 Preston Road Communitys Centre, Abingdon, Tuesdays 9.45 - 10.45

 Preston Road Community Centre, Abingdon, Tuesdays 11 - 12 am

Generation Games is Age UK Oxfordshire's physical activity service. Their main focus is on Strength & Balance falls prevention classes which they are rapidly rolling out across the county. These classes help to improve a person's balance, muscle strength as well as confidence. Currently there are 41 classes with a plan to expand further. The Strength & Balance classes are taught by highly trained Level 4 Postural Stability instructors. People may attend the class if they are worried about their balance or they may have been referred by their GP or healthcare professional.

Purpose of this volunteer role: To assist the instructor with practical tasks during the class.

What you can expect:

 Full induction and initial training session on what you will be doing

 A member of Generation Games to accompany you on your first session

 We ask you to complete our volunteer application forms; depending on your location and ability to travel you can expect to start volunteering within 2 weeks

 Experience within a well-respected charity

 Helping in one of the most practical ways to enable older people who are worried about their balance to reduce falls

 Reasonable travel costs and agreed expenses reimbursed

 A friendly and supportive environment

Main tasks:

 Help with setting up the room for the class, taking the register help with handing out resistance bands during the class

 Assisting individuals who may require more one to one support e.g. finger tip support for getting out of a chair or adding additional chairs for support in front of the person when needed

 Prepare and share a cup of tea or coffee with the participants after the session and enjoy a chat in some sessions

Desirable qualities and skills:

 An interest in helping older people and a desire to persuade them of the benefits of getting active

 A motivated and enthusiastic individual

 Reliable with good time keeping

 A non-judgmental and empathetic attitude

 Good communication and listening skills

 Proactive but also able to take instruction

 Ability to adhere to Age UK Oxfordshire's Boundaries, Health and Safety, Policies and Procedures. Volunteers must be able to build professional relationships with clients, within clearly defined boundaries.


Recruitment: Application Form, training qualification, 2 reference checks

Contact: Anna McKay, Marketing Manager, Generation Games annamckay@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk 01235 849 403

Tags: Generation Games, Oxford City, Physical Activity, Volunteer

Posted: Tue, 09 Apr 2019 11:32

Healthcare professionals making active lives possible

Highlighting how health and sport organisations can work together effectively to break down barriers, the national charity hopes it leads to more local and national collaboration. In partnership with Public Health England and supported by Sport England, the film introduces the urgent case for change so more disabled people can reap physical and mental health benefits.

Tags: Physical Activity, disability, healthcare

Park Club and Aspire Oxford shortlisted for a National Fitness Award.

Posted: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:45

Park Club and Aspire Oxford shortlisted for a National Fitness Award.

Park Club and Aspire Oxford shortlisted for a National Fitness Award.

Oxfordshire based charities, Soll Leisure and Aspire Oxford,have been shortlisted in the UK's biggest free-to-enter fitness awards and are in the running for a prestigious national award. Both charities have collaborated on projects that support local disadvantaged adults to lead happier, healthier lifestyles, boosting mental wellbeing through physical activity, and as a tool for overcoming other social outcomes such as employment, education and training.

Soll Leisure is a charity leisure management company and prides itself on being community-focused and supporting local communities to improve their health and wellbeing. Aspire's 'Active Body Healthy Mind' project offers supported sport and physical activity sessions to people experiencing mental ill health in Oxfordshire, helping disadvantaged adults to improve physical fitness, build confidence and self-esteem, improve mental health and build positive relationships.

The charities have been shortlisted in the 'Member Achievement' categoryat the National Fitness Awards, an annual event which recognises excellence and achievement in gyms throughout the country. They have been recognised for their community schemes that support local disadvantaged residents to make lifestyle changes through the use of physical activity. The member in question joined Park Club Milton to overcome alcohol and substance abuse, which was affecting his physical and mental health. Three months since joining he has refrained from using drugs and alcohol, lost one stone four pounds, and now attends the gym three times a week.

The awards are organised by Script Events in conjunction with leading fitness industry magazine Workout, with support from headline sponsor ServiceSport, and in each category up to seven finalists have been selected, who will now go through to the next stage of the judging process where they will be out to impress by showcasing first hand the great work going on in their clubs.

This stage involves a visit to each finalist by a member of the awards team who will take a look around the facilities and chat to members and staff before compiling a comprehensive report, which will then be passed on to an expert judging panel to decide the lucky winners.

Trophies will then be handed out a glittering awards ceremony on Friday November 30 at The Athena in Leicester. National Fitness Awards' event director Judith Halkerston said: "All our shortlisted facilities should be really proud of their achievements in being chosen as a finalist as the calibre of entries has been amazing."

Richard Claydon, Park Club Group Health & Wellbeing Manager commented "The benefits the participants are experiencing are amazing, and it is great to be partnering with a like minded organisation such as Aspire Oxford, to change people's lives. We are extremely excited to have been shortlisted for a National Fitness Award; this is great recognition for Kieron's hard work, the service we are providing, as well as the positive impact we are having on the local community."

46,300 children in Oxfordshire are classed as inactive

Tags: Aspire, Disability, Physical Activity, Sol