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About the organisation

Keep Active Westminster (Bishop Creighton House)

BCH is a community centre with the aim that the community people have a sense of well-being and independence, working together for the benefit of all.

BCH aims to tackle the problems caused by social isolation and disadvantage. we do this by developing and providing programmes that offer practical solutions and emotional support for the people of west London. We have a number of community projects to so this and Keep Active Westminster is one of them

As a Keep Active Volunteer we ask you to visit an older person (the average age is 84) once a week for nine weeks to help them with improving mobility indoors with exercises, or outdoors with walks in their community. You benefit from training provided by the NHS Community Independence Team as well as Bishop Creighton House.

Your visits can make a big difference to someone’s life and volunteering can be a very rewarding experience. It is also really good experience if you are looking to work in a healthcare role.

We are looking for people who:

• Live in or near Westminster, or travel regularly through the borough

• Are able to spare 1-2 hours a week, preferably during working hours, however we do accept those who are wanting to volunteer after work and on weekends.

• Enjoy older people ‘s company and who want to make a difference to someone’s health and wellbeing.

What you could do with our clients:

• A walk around their local community possibly going to the park or visiting a local shop.

• Encouraging them to complete a prescribed gentle exercise program (full training will be given)

• Keeping an older and sometimes isolated person company.

• Visiting someone in their homes to help them reach their exercise goals.

Who can be a volunteer with Keep Active?

Volunteer should be willing to make a commitment to be involved with the project. You do not need any particular knowledge but you do need to have:

• A positive attitude towards empowering and improving the lives of older people

• Enthusiasm and commitment

• Good communication skills and a good level of spoken English

We provide a comprehensive induction training program and support to help you become a volunteer.

What support do volunteers receive?

• Induction training and NHS Community Rehab led training

• Regular contact and support from the project staff

• Support meetings with other volunteers

• Ongoing training sessions throughout the year such as Heart Start training, Dementia Friends sessions, Diabetes and Parkinson’s training and more.

• Reimbursement of travel expenses

• A reference after seeing at least one or two clients

• An enhanced DBS check

What might a volunteer gain from involvement?

We are a friendly team who really value our volunteers. Volunteering with us is also an opportunity to gain new skills and experiences. It is a chance to meet new people and hopefully provide a sense of satisfaction from knowing that you are making a positive contribution by giving your support to help an older person recover mobility after a fall or stroke. Becoming a volunteer with Keep Active might be useful in gaining a Further Education Qualification, getting experience in a health care role such as physiotherapy, getting paid work or making a career change.

Role Aim: 

The aim is to provide support to older people who have had a fall, stroke or other illness to enable them to be physically active and independent. By helping them achieve their mobility goals they can then access their community again to prevent loneliness and isolation

Duties: 

• A walk around their local community possibly going to the park or visiting a local shop.

• Encouraging them to complete a prescribed gentle exercise program (full training will be given)

• Keeping an older and sometimes isolated person company.

• Visiting someone in their homes to help them reach their exercise goals.

Student will develop an understanding of the difficulties older people face with rehabilitation after they have been discharged from clinical services. They will develop a range of motivational skills and get a good understanding of the benefits of exercise and how it increases mobility and independence

Skills needed: 

• A positive attitude towards empowering and improving the lives of older people

• Enthusiasm and commitment and empathy

• Good communication skills and a good level of spoken English

Training: 

Volunteers are provided with a one day induction by the Community Independence Service rehabilitation team and BCH volunteer coordinators. Continual training is offered on issues affecting our clients such as : urinary tract infection, Parkinsons, Diabetes,emergency first aid

Location: 
The role takes place in clients home over various locations in the borough of Westminster
Time commitment: 
N/A
Opening times: 
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Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here