This role gives the opportunity to enable the Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland to provide weekly clubs with the aim of improving well-being and reducing isolation through the power of sport. Club members may feel lonely, have health issues or memory problems. The club focuses on sporting reminiscence and gentle physical activity and games such as Boccia (indoor bowls). The main function of the club facilitator is to plan a weekly programme lasting around 1.5 hours which ensures that club participants feel included and that their contributions are respected. Volunteers enjoy talking about their sporting interests and have fun talking to club members about their memories of sporting events. Full training and ongoing support is provided. A volunteer said, "it was rewarding watching group members develop confidence in contributing to the group," and another commented about feeling appreciated and seeing their work making a difference.
Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland clubs are open to older sports fans who enjoy reminiscing about their experiences of watching or playing sport. The weekly clubs, facilitated by a trained volunteer, provide a friendly, inclusive and welcoming environment for anybody and are especially keen to welcome those who may feel isolated through illness.
Experience required: A passion for sport, the ability to plan and run a programme of activities utilising resources provided by Sporting Memories, good communication skills, a commitment to reliability and an awareness of confidentiality issues.
Travel details: Dunfermline. We don't yet have a club here but would love to set one up. If you are interested in volunteering in this area, do get in touch so we can stay in touch with you about developments. (We have a venue in central Dunfermline in mind).
Minimum age: 16
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: 45p per mile or public transport costs upon proof of receipt
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Arrange with us to come along one week and see how things work.
Training details: The volunteer will attend a 1 day training course that will include: Becoming a Dementia Friend, Group facilitation and Adult Support and Protection
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet