As a volunteer you’ll be involved in working with a terrific team of volunteers helping assist golfers with dementia to participate in golfing activities whilst giving families essential respite.
Their golfing sessions typically run for 2 hours once or twice a week and are keen to hear from prospective volunteers who can commit to one (or maybe even two) sessions a week, but being available once a week would be ideal.
A Community Golf Activator will lead the session and provide you with all the resources and guidance you’ll need to create fantastic opportunites to keep older golfer active, engaged and connected.
Golf in Society will ensure that you’ve got PVG/Disclosure Scotland registration, and their online volunteer training course will furnish you with all the information and guidance you’ll need to get started.
Golf in Stirling are seeking people who would be interested in supporting older adults to continue their enjoyment of golf. Golf in Society offer supported golf sessions in a safe and nurturing environment to people who have played golf over the years, or would like to provide the opportunity to introduce golf to those who are new to the sport and would like to give it a go.
Golf in Society's mission is to improve the lives of the ageing population by introducing them to the health and wellbeing benefits of golf. They do this by creating opportunities for people to discover how their local golf club can become an integral part of a happier, healthier life.
Everything they do is designed with the people we support at the heart of it. Golf in Society's services are created and delivered by a team of “proper people” with lived experience, who are determined to make a positive contribution to the lives of others.
From Anthony Blackburn the founder of the Golf in Society Social Enterprise:
"As a passionate golfer I have followed the decline of the sport I love with great concern. It became apparent that golf is finding it difficult to transform itself into a modern customer-led business. It has not kept pace with lifestyle and demographic changes within society. It is now trying to “catch-up” but has some significant barriers to overcome. There are some excellent initiatives to encourage participation and numerous golfing organisations trying to transform its fortunes. However, the message is not getting through to enough new customers."
"At the same time I became increasingly concerned about the “social time bombs” facing our communities. I began to research the issues of mental health, obesity, loneliness and an ageing population. It was apparent that new ways of improving public health were desperately needed – otherwise the spiraling costs would bankrupt the public sector and lead to community breakdown."
"I then started to think about how golf could play a part in creating healthier communities. I soon discovered that combining the features and benefits of golf with the issues facing Society created some compelling partnership opportunities."
"This has led me to develop a range of unique products and services that can help transform the fortunes of golf whilst creating stronger, happier and healthier communities. This was my inspiration for Golf In Society."
Want to know more about volunteering with Golf in Society?
This short video from Founder Anthony Blackburn explains the positive impact that volunteers have for families who live with dementia.
GOLF IN SOCIETY is a social enterprise with a vision to improve the lives of the ageing population by introducing them to the health & wellbeing benefits of golf, particularly in those with dementia and Parkinson's disease
Weekly commitment (ideally)
Must be aged 16 or over.
Experience required: An interest in sport and supporting people in sporting environments would be useful. Some experience of golf would be an advantage but not essential. Patience, a friendly and approachable demeanor, the ability to think on one’s feet, adaptability, a knowledge/experience of dementia would be helpful but not essential.
Minimum age: 16
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Taster sessions available in Glasgow.
Training details: They hope to recruit volunteers before Christmas (in anticipation of working with golfers over winter or even into spring). Plan to receive some golf training from EDGA (European Disabled Golf Association). There is an engaging and dynamic online training for volunteers which will be completed before beginning to volunteer alongside golfers. Volunteers will also be supported on a weekly basis by the Community Golf Activator who will lead the session.
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