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Offered by:
Family Lives
Location(s): Aspley, Basford, Berridge, Bestwood, Bilborough, Bulwell, Bulwell Forest, Castle, Clifton East, Clifton West, Dales, Hyson Green and Arboretum, Leen Valley, Lenton and Wollaton East, Mapperley, Meadows, Radford, Sherwood, St Ann's, Wollaton West
Address where volunteering takes place: Around Nottingham, including home visits Nottingham  

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Purpose of Role:

To befriend and act as healthy lifestyle motivators for families who are in need of support; building one to one relationships with individual families; helping parents to find their own strength to build their confidence and skills.

Role Description:

Family Lives and Sport England are working to support families get active together, because parents and close family members can have a big impact on children’s experiences. Volunteers will be trained to work directly with families of children aged 5-10 to empower parents to become more active by attending organised and self-directed activities, and through lifestyle changes to improve health and fitness.

The project is called Energise Families and is a fitness for all programme and it’s important to meet the parent at their level to listen, to motivate, and to follow the parent’s lead. This will create incremental changes that lead to a sustainable, healthier life-style, as well as encourage positive feelings about exercise and its value in their children.

The volunteer will be fully supervised, supported and trained to provide the following activities:

Befriend families to support them to become more active on a one to one basis either in community settings (such as community centres or parks) or in the family home. This would involve building and maintaining a relationship with the individual family over a period of time

To provide information to the families about activities available for the whole family

To help families to overcome barriers to being active and to suggest small steps towards change by listening and helping them off-load feelings

Supporting parents to become more mindful of the lifestyle changes they would like to create to achieve greater health, activity, and role modelling for their child.

Skills and Qualifications:

Essential skills: Listening, Teamwork

Learnt in the role: Listening, teamwork, organisational

Satisfaction in making a real and lasting difference to families who are struggling

An opportunity to develop experience for CV and references. Family Lives is committed to helping volunteers develop their own learning and development through the project

Support from Volunteer Development Officer to further develop your skills, build confidence, and discuss next steps for personal goals

Opportunities to meet and interact with a wide range of people

Out of pocket expenses reimbursed

Flexible hours

When required:

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Additional information:
Are there age restrictions for this opportunity? Yes
Age Restrictions:

Over 18

Are there gender restrictions for this opportunity? No
Is the opportunity accessible to disabled people? Yes
How long before volunteer can expect a response?
How long to complete training and recruitment?
Volunteer Expenses offered? Yes
Induction and Training offered? Yes
Support and Supervision offered? Yes
Has a risk assessment been carried out? Yes
DBS Disclosure required? Yes

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