Current government guidelines recommend that older people aged 65 or over, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, do 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise a week. This could include brisk walking, ballroom dancing or even chair-based exercises.
We help more than 7m people every year, providing companionship, advice and support for older people who need it most. It's only with your help that we can continue to make a difference.
Fitness and friendship clubs
AGE UK WILTSHIRE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO LEAD ONE (OR MORE!) OF OUR GROWING GROUP OF “FITNESS AND FRIENDSHIP” CLUBS
We will train you, free of charge, to be a LIFT (low impact functional training) leader. This will give you all the necessary skills to run a club that helps to keep older people active, healthy, happy and involved in their community. You will become part of a caring and dynamic team of staff and volunteers within Age UK Wiltshire.
Age UK Wiltshire Volunteer Training Bursary
The aim of the bursary scheme is to assist with increasing capacity within our Fitness and Friendship clubs for older people by providing an increase in the number of qualified physical activity leaders/club organisers within Wiltshire & Swindon.
Who can apply?
Any individual who wants to gain a recognised qualification in physical activity for older people and is willing to commit 2/3 hours a fortnight of their own time to run a local Fitness and Friendship club, with on-going support from Age UK Wiltshire’s Active Ageing Team. Applicants should be resident in Wiltshire or Swindon and be using their qualification within the county.
Resources and Support
We will fund the cost of a 4 day L.I.F.T course (Low Impact Functional Training £350 + VAT) Emergency First Aid, Insurance and ongoing CPD. You will receive a training manual and resources required for running a club and at least 6 weeks of on the job training with the Active Ageing staff. If you require any support in completing your application please do not hesitate to contact myself or my colleague Elaine Crabbe.
Sally Evans, Active Ageing Coordinator on 07754 612569 / Elaine Crabbe, Activity Project Worker on 07812 776264 or the Age UK Wiltshire office on 01380 727767
You can also contact Sally or Elaine for further information at: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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Read about why our Wiltshire volunteers Denise Barnard's and Heather Osak's love being Fitness and Friendship club leaders.
Some other ways you can get involved
Please note that some of the roles mentioned below might not be available in your area.
Make the most of your skills to help improve the lives of older people in your community.
Have fun and raise money by taking part in one of our fantastic events and challenges.
Our befriending services will match you with an older person who you call or visit regularly.
Call in Time is a telephone befriending service that matches a volunteer with an older person.