Fit & Food Project – Volunteer Role (social care or sports students)


The Fit & Food project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of adults (18+) with learning disabilities and/or mental health to make small changes in their daily lives to support behaviour change towards better heart health. We do this by providing a weekly social club, which supports behaviour change through education, information and fun activities which will create positive attitudes towards taking responsibility for heart health with peer support.

Specifically activities will be delivered in a fun weekly social club consisting of 60 minutes of exercise, a cook and eat session, heart health education, and fun activities. The project will track changes through individual exercise and food diaries to share learning and development with others in the group.

The project will enable participants to build up networks of friends and trusted staff; allow participants to try out fun and exciting activities in a social setting; allow participants to experience exercise, cooking and eating together; provide a platform to make new friends who have similar interests; create more positive attitudes towards health by giving participants information about the short and long term benefits of healthy lifestyles and its impact on wellbeing and heart health; ensure information and sessions are designed specifically for the participants capacity of understanding; and increase confidence in participants ability to adopt a healthy lifestyle by providing information, practical activities and skills.


1      General

1.1             To assist in the day-to-day running of the project.

1.2             Ensure effective equal opportunities practice by encouraging social/cultural diversity.

1.3             Manage play equipment and resources within the responsibility of the project

1.4             To support the delivery of services for the target group.

1.5             Ensure the safety and well being of clients within the project, including risk assessments, safety checks, administering first aid where appropriate and conforming to health and safety and safeguarding guidelines.

1.6             Ensure effective equal opportunities practice by encouraging social/cultural diversity.

2      Administration

2.1             Undertake the administration necessary to ensure the effective operation of the project, including cash handling where appropriate.

2.2             Maintain records in accordance with the data protection protocols and other relevant policies.

3      Other Responsibilities

3.1             Represent Spring into Action CIC positively at all times, particularly when off site

3.2             Undertake such other appropriate duties and training as may be required for the effective delivery of the project


 Essential skills and abilities:

  1. Excellent communication, listening and interpersonal skills.
  2. Good organisational skills.
  3. Ability to work under own initiative and as part of a team.
  4. 4.Ability to maintain safe, quality environments.
  5. Willingness to undertake any necessary training.

Desirable skills and abilities:

  1. An interest in health, particularly healthy eating and exercise and improving health
  2. Awareness and commitment to health and safety, equal opportunities and safeguarding issues.
  3. Willingness to attend relevant training as required.
  4. Experience of working with people with disabilities.
  5. Knowledge of safeguarding issues and requirements.
  6. To identify opportunities and contribute new ideas to enhance the programmes of work.
  7. Holder of relevant qualifications (or working towards) and/or experience of one or more related areas of Sport & Exercise, Food, Health, Nutrition, Arts


Lucy Hamlin
Spring into Action CIC
T: 07742 510496

Enterprise Club

Enterprise Club Meeting at 3.00pm on Thursday 16th October 2014-PLEASE RSVP

We are aiming to hold our first Enterprise Club meeting of the new academic year. I think you may already have the date but just in case we are scheduled to meet at the University Centre in room UC219 on Thursday 16th October at 3.00pm. I will organise refreshments for the meeting so please can you confirm if you can attend.

We shall:

• Discuss how you would like the club to be structured
• Share with you the planned enterprise workshops and introduce you to the entrepreneur in residence-Alistair Clarke.
• Discuss the activity you would like e.g. visits to meet local MDS/visits to other Universities/Colleges to meet other enterprising students
• Enterprise activities that you may wish to get involved with

Do you have anything you would like to add to this? Just email me and I can add it to the agenda.

I really hope that you are able to make it, please RSVP to me




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Voluntary Services

We currently have around 400 volunteers who donate their time, skills and experience to support staff in caring for patients.

Our volunteers are not directly involved in patient care, but approach their work with the same commitment to excellence as any other health care professional. They complement the work of staff by providing extra support to patients and their families. Volunteers are recruited from age sixteen upwards and come from a range of backgrounds representing the diversity of the communities we serve.

Volunteers do not carry out (or shadow) clinical work or undertake short-term work experience placements.

If you are interested in work experience at this Trust, please visit the work experience section for further information.

To view our current vacancies please click here:

Contact us

If you would like to discuss our volunteering opportunities further, please contact the Voluntary Service Team:

Janice Atkinson on 01254 732809



Susan Abraham-Jones on 01282 804485