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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.
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
THE BENEFITS TO THE VOLUNTEER:
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
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