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.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS VOLUNTEERING ROLE
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.
2.1 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:
- Excellent communication, listening and interpersonal skills.
- Good organisational skills.
- Ability to work under own initiative and as part of a team.
- 4.Ability to maintain safe, quality environments.
- Willingness to undertake any necessary training.
Desirable skills and abilities:
- An interest in health, particularly healthy eating and exercise and improving health
- Awareness and commitment to health and safety, equal opportunities and safeguarding issues.
- Willingness to attend relevant training as required.
- Experience of working with people with disabilities.
- Knowledge of safeguarding issues and requirements.
- To identify opportunities and contribute new ideas to enhance the programmes of work.
- Holder of relevant qualifications (or working towards) and/or experience of one or more related areas of Sport & Exercise, Food, Health, Nutrition, Arts
Spring into Action CIC
T: 07742 510496