To assist the ActivLives instructor/facilitator with the running of an exercise/activity session. Duties would include welcoming attendees to the session, marking them in on the register, collecting their attendance fees, making teas and coffees for the refreshment break, helping to wash up and clear up afterwards. During the session, to be an extra pair of hands and eyes for the instructor/facilitator and to provide assistance and support to vulnerable members.
The main skills required are a capacity to engage with people and communicate effectively. We are looking for volunteers who have good people skills, as there is a lot of interaction with our members, most of whom are of an older age range. For some people, it is the only time they get out during the week, so social interaction is vital for these members.
This is a rewarding volunteer role. The members greatly value their weekly activity sessions, and by having a volunteer helper our instructor/facilitator can increase the number of attendees able to be accommodated in a session.
Volunteers will be invited to attend relevant training workshops such as Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults.
We are looking for volunteer helpers at various ActivHubs across Ipswich and in Felixstowe and Woodbridge. Please see our website for a full timetable of activities with locations and days of the week.
ActivLives set up the Grow Your Community Project in March 2017 ActivLives in Sudbury as part of it's ActivGardens group. Community gardening brings people together with wellbeing, respect and fosters a sense of community whilst tending the gardens and helping to improve the local area. We work in Belle Vue Park, in public green spaces and in residential areas. We also now work in Great Cornard.
ActivLives works with all age groups, but mainly people aged 45 years and over, living in areas of deprivation, rural areas or older people who need specialist support. Our members are often vulnerable, lonely and isolated due to age, disability, cultural barriers or who find themselves disadvantaged through lack of skills, low self-esteem, unemployment or poverty. We provide a wide range of community led activities that support over 1000 people each year, including exercise classes, adapted sports, health walks, lunch clubs, community gardening and community singing. These activities dramatically improve people's health and well being, both physically and mentally, help to reduce social isolation and provide a wide range of volunteering opportunities.