Volunteers are the lifeblood of PSPA - We value the skills, experience, commitment and enthusiasm that our volunteers bring – so we are recruiting in Scotland to enable us to reach out to more people affected by PSP and CBD. By working together, we can make a real difference to people’s lives.
PSP & CBD are rare and little known. Education Volunteers can improve this situation. Our aim is to make education and training available to as many health and social care professionals as possible, many of whom may not have come across PSP or CBD before. Our Education Volunteer role will help health and social care professionals to understand key information about the impact of living with PSP & CBD and thereby improve their practice. We also aim to have our volunteers raise awareness in local communities by them offering informative talks to interested groups.
Volunteers will need to be enthusiastic, enjoy speaking to groups and able to manage a group effectively. Ideally they will have an understanding of PSP & CBD, be passionate about raising awareness and have empathy with the aims of PSPA. Experience in public speaking and confidence in the use of PowerPoint will help in this role and those interested should be able to travel within their local area.
We will provide training and resources to enable our Education Volunteers plan and deliver free training sessions on PSP, CBD and the services offered by PSPA. We offer a comprehensive learning package that covers all aspects of the role. The rewards of being an Education Volunteer with us include; the opportunity for self-development, the opportunity to meet new people and to be valued as a part of a team. There is also the unique reward of making a difference to people living with PSP & CBD and their families.
PSPA is a national charity providing support and information to people living with PSP and CBD, while funding research into treatments and ultimately a cure. We rely entirely on voluntary donations. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is a neurological condition caused by the premature loss of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain. Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) is a degenerative brain disease that affects people from the age of 40 onwards. Following funding from the Scottish Government we can now increase our work in Scotland including increasing the volunteering opportunities here.
Due to the sensitive nature of discussing and presenting all aspects of progressive illness, we feel this role is not suitable for people currently caring for loved ones with PSP|CBD or people very recently bereaved.
Experience required: Be enthusiastic, enjoy speaking to groups and able to manage a group effectively • Ideally you will have experience in public speaking and be confident in the use of PowerPoint • Have an understanding of PSP & CBD and the wider work of PSPA (training will be provided on this) • Have empathy with the aims of PSPA • Be computer literate, have basic admin skills and be able to travel within your local area • Passionate about raising awareness.
Travel details: Our aim is to make education and training available to as many health and social care professionals as possible, many of whom may not have come across PSP or CBD before. They may have little knowledge or understanding of the varying needs and effects involved. This role will help health and social care professionals to understand key information about the impact of living with PSP & CBD and thereby improve their practice. We also aim to raise awareness in local communities by offering informative talks to interested groups. These talks are set up on an ad hoc basis, a small number of times in a year and as close as possible to the volunteers’ local area - A driving licence and access to a car is desirable.
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: To be confirmed once the opportunities are arranged with the volunteer. We are experienced in reimbursing volunteers promptly and appropriately
Training details: We will provide training and resources to enable you to plan and deliver free training sessions on PSP, CBD and the services offered by PSPA to health and social care professionals and local groups. We offer a comprehensive learning package that can be completed in your own time and covers all aspects of the role. A face to face training session completes the process. There will also be an ongoing support and opportunities for you to meet and get to know members of staff, other volunteers and increase your understanding of the wider work of PSPA.
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