Be Active supports older people to become more mobile and independent in their community. Volunteers work one-to-one for up to nine weekly sessions with people 60+ who have been prescribed physiotherapy exercises and physical activity goals. Assisting them in their exercises helps rebuild their confidence and ability to move around their home and communities. Open Age, which runs the Be Active project, is looking for volunteer activity buddies starting as soon as possible. You do not need any background in physiotherapy or with older people – just enthusiasm, commitment, empathy, a positive attitude toward empowering older people, and good communication skills. Open Age Coordinators and their NHS partners will train you and provide support throughout the programme. Once Volunteers are trained and matched with a client, they will spend about 1-2 hours with their client each week.
- Virtual training where possible
- In-person training only through NHS partners (COVID restrictions permitting) and, if so, requires PPE/social distancing measures
- Outdoor visits encouraged where possible
- COVID risk assessment protocol followed for in-person meetings if they are to take place