Volunteering Project: Exercise Class

Volunteering Project: Exercise Class

  •   30/08/2018 - 27/08/2019
  •   18:00 - 20:00
  •   St Mary's Island Community Centre

The School of Sports and Exercise Sciences (SSES) run an exercise class for people with Parkinson’s at St. Mary’s Island Community Centre on a Tuesday evening (1800 – 2000 hours). The session is run by exercise professionals from SSES with student volunteer helpers. The session is run as part of SSES community outreach, student experience project and is also part of our current research project portfolio.

SSES require volunteers who are willing to work alongside class participants supporting and motivating them. You do not need to have any specialist exercise knowledge or qualifications, just empathy and understanding. You will work under SSES staff supervision alongside other student volunteers from SSES. Specific duties will include helping to set-up and run the exercise session, monitoring participants, health and safety and on occasions research data collection.

Part of the previous success of this work is the close relationship our volunteers have had with class attendees. The personal attributes required are: empathy and understanding for people with a neurodegenerative condition, good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

There is no formal training, as you tend to learn by experience. This year we hosted a free exercise training event (1 day) on campus run by Parkinson’s UK. If this was repeated or available locally, we would attempt to get any volunteers enrolled on this.

Please contact  Dr Steve Meadows  - s.meadows@kent.ac.uk if you would like more details and interested in volunteering