Why do we need you?
We are looking for volunteers to lead our Move More gentle movement classes for people affected by cancer. Taking part in physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment can help people take back control. Lots of people say it helps them feel more like their old self. It also has lots of health benefits. It can help prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression and risks to heart health.
Macmillan cancer support is working with LiveArgyll to support people affected by cancer to take the first steps to becoming more active. By volunteering as a gentle movement class leader you will be able to make a real difference, offering support and motivation to people within your community.
How much time should you offer? When would you be needed? Where will you be based?
The role ideally requires a commitment to one session each week, in six week blocks. Ideally you would be in a position to commit to this role for six months or more. A regular time slot will be arranged. We are happy to work with you to find a time that is complimentary to your current commitments, whilst suiting the needs of the community.
- the role is based in Helensburgh, Rothesay, Dunoon, Campbeltown and Lochgilphead, but will involve travel to external meetings from time to time
- the role does/does not involve working alone or without supervision
- you will/will not need your own transport for this role.
What activities will you be involved in?
- leading a gentle movement class for people affected by cancer.
- attending training and support sessions.
- completing basic paperwork for each class.
- participate in discussions on improving and developing the classes.
What can you gain from this opportunity?
- full training for the volunteer role of ‘move more gentle movement class leader’.
- regular support from the LiveArgyll move more team.
- additional support from Macmillan cancer support.
- the chance to meet and make new friends.
- reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed according to guidelines.
- excellent experience to enhance your CV.
- develop knowledge and experience of the benefits of exercise for people affected by cancer.
- make a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer in your local community.
Is there an induction and training?
- you will receive one day of Macmillan cancer awareness training.
- you will also attend a practical 20hr training to deliver movemore gentle movement classes.
- further training events will be available throughout the year.
What are we looking for?
- open, warm, friendly and non judgemental manner.
- good communication skills.
- ability to actively listen (training will be given).
- awareness of own limitations and boundaries.
- commitment to the role, excellent timekeeping and reliability.
- willingness to undertake the training required.
- an ability to adhere to Macmillan’s policies including health and safety, equal opportunities, confidentiality and financial guidelines
- an interest in cancer care and the services that Macmillan provides.
Volunteers will be required to become members of the PVG scheme (protecting vulnerable groups). The purpose of this is to safeguard volunteers and service users from harm. We will support you to complete the relevant paperwork during the recruitment process.
Who should you contact?
If you are interested in the role, or would just like a little bit more information please contact a member of the move more LiveArgyll team:
Mahailia Scott, Macmillan volunteer coordinator on 01586555200 or email Mahailia.Scott@liveargyll.co.uk