Many of our projects and our events rely on volunteers to make them a success. We have some ongoing opportunities and others which are for one off events or activities, one thing they all have in common is that they can change your live as a volunteer as well as changing the lives of the participants.
The multi-award winning Ageing Well Project offers 10 different activities throughout Edinburgh to help those aged 50 years and over to get active and stay that way.
One of the secrets of the project’s ongoing success is that our activities are led or supported by trained volunteers who are older people themselves. Those who volunteer with Ageing Well, in many cases, enjoy the experience so much they continue to contribute their time and energy to the project for many years. After initial training some volunteers choose to remain with one activity, others expand their involvement with Ageing Well and support several activities throughout the week.
If you are an older adult (50+) and would like to help others become active, stay active and achieve more, please contact Brendan Brodie for an informal chat, without obligation, to find out more about volunteering with the Ageing Well Team on 0131 458 2185 or via email@example.com.
“When you become a volunteer with Ageing Well, it benefits the organisation but it also benefits you in many ways. One person can make a difference but when this is multiplied it can be life changing for both volunteers and participants.” Mrs G., Ageing Well volunteer (since 2002)
“The Ageing Well volunteer walk leaders were so enthusiastic and inspirational that I have volunteered to be a walk leader myself. Ageing Well groups are a great way to keep fit, make new friends and have FUN!” Mrs M., Ageing Well volunteer (since April 2012)
Steady Steps, one of our newer programmes, requires volunteers to attend classes and assist the specialist instructor to delivering exercises that are part of the falls prevention work. Volunteers aid the instructor by feeding back relevant information to them. Volunteers are not there to instruct the participants, their help is in supporting the specialist instructor and through supporting participants with encouragement and reassurance to help them gain confidence in completing the exercises.
We need volunteers to meet and welcome the Steady Steps participants, to help show them around the venue and also some extra hands to help make and serve tea or coffee at the end of each physical activity sessions. Training will be provided for all volunteers before attending classes. Volunteers are sought over a longer term basis and would be required to volunteer a minimum of two hours of their time each week.
It is vital that you have an interest in health and physical activity and a passion for working with the elderly as well as excellent communication skills.
If you are interested in volunteering or wish to find out more information, please contact Ash Corry (Steady Steps Coordinator) on 0131 458 2100 or via firstname.lastname@example.org