Headway Cardiff & South East Wales: Walking Group Volunteer

Role Description: Walking Group Volunteer

Purpose: Our Walking Group provides brain injury survivors with an opportunity for peer support; to increase social networks, to reduce isolation and regain confidence through exercising and being outdoors.

Main tasks: Tasks for this role include:

  • welcoming service users and sitting down with them; giving them some one-to-one time or encouraging group interaction during the session
  • stimulating and motivating people to engage in the activity that week/month
  • providing a listening ear

Walking

  • Providing assistance to a group of walkers led by a member of Headway Cardiff staff
  • assisting with keeping the group together and responding to group needs and pace

You have the right to refuse to do any tasks that you consider to be unrealistic; outside the scope of the role or that you feel you do not have the skills to do.

Location: Pontypool Active Living centre, Pontypool Park
Commitment: Wednesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm (weekly)
Working with: Volunteer Co-ordinator, Information & Outreach Officers and other volunteers
Training and Support: All volunteers will be given a thorough induction into the organisation.
Travel: We pay travel expenses for car mileage and public transport up to £4.50

Personal requirements:

  • Ability to give clear instructions and be observant of surroundings
  • Basic level of physical fitness
  • Excellent listening skills, sensitivity and empathy
  • Clear communication skills
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Reliable, committed and flexible
  • A sense of humour, positive outlook and enthusiasm
  • The ability to work within a team
  • The ability to work independently and show initiative
  • A non-judgemental attitude
  • Confidence in working with people

Note: Please remember that it’s really important to wear comfortable/appropriate clothing and footwear for the activities.
Benefits offered:

Benefits offered:

  • an opportunity to learn new skills and develop confidence
  • an opportunity to socialise while doing something worthwhile
  • something positive to put on your CV
  • Millennium Volunteering programme (14 – 25 year olds)
  • will be able to provide references for successful volunteers who have volunteered with us for a minimum of 6 months and have 80% attendance
  • we will provide a training programme that helps you feel supported and confident in carrying out your individual tasks
  • encourage you to identify your own learning needs and select appropriate learning methods in your supervision sessions
  • provide you with an opportunity to speak privately to managers with any concerns
  • provide you with an opportunity to make suggestions and complaints
  • provide you with adequate insurance while you are with us

For further information or to get involved please contact 02920 577 707

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