The Braveheart Association - Falkirk

Braveheart is a small charity, operating in the Forth Valley area of Scotland, which provides self management support groups and a led walking programme to adults with or at risk of developing long term health problems, particularly coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Braveheart's model is unique to the UK. It is entirely volunteer led, and it takes a community development approach. Brave heart trains lay volunteers, many of whom have long term health conditions themselves and it involves them as leaders. Our approach is to engage with " high risk" individuals in non clinical settings such as community centres and church halls to support and encourage them to take responsibility for improving their health.

Current opportunities

Braveheart are currently recruiting volunteers who can help us support older individuals, of varying needs, to increase their physical, social, and mental wellbeing through walking. We need individuals who can lead and accompany low level health walks at our Weekly and Away Day Walks around the Falkirk area. If you have a few hours spare per week, enjoy walking, and meeting new people then this could be a great role for you! The main responsibilities include: - Working alongside Walking Development Officer, and fellow Leaders, to risk assess and plan suitable low- level walks within the Falkirk District - Leading and supporting our walking programme – walks vary from 30 minutes to 1 hour Weekly Walks, and 45 minute to 1.25 hour Away Day Walks - Providing a friendly, welcoming and safe environment for walkers - Handling essential paperwork for new and current walkers - Attending 6 weekly Walk Leaders meetings If you are interested in helping people walk their way to good health, please get in touch!

Braveheart are seeking volunteers to help lead their Living Well groups. These groups supports participants to reach personalised lifestyle goals relating to: healthy eating, increasing physical activity, alcohol reduction, smoking cessation, managing stress and achieving a healthy weight through flexible support options including talks, workshops and, group programme sessions. Leaders will be fully integrated within the Braveheart team, in our office bases, team activities and out in the community, with the opportunity to work alongside other volunteers and to join in all team activities. The role is varied, but you get to choose what activities interest you most and how much time you can commit. Main responsibilities: · To engage with people through your role in the community and by help facilitating the living well groups and events · To make sure groups are welcoming, friendly, enjoyable, and safe for all · To support individuals, identify and work towards personal outcomes to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing · To provide support for cooking, weight management, exercise sessions, crafts, mental wellbeing and reducing social isolation plus working with groups for living well with long term conditions · To liaise with the Living Well Co-ordinator regarding any problems arising within a group · To carry out appropriate administration procedures maintaining client confidentiality i.e. ensuring participants complete initial and final evaluation forms · To attend relevant local events, to promote healthy lifestyle information and Braveheart services · To encourage all service users to take part in other health related activities organised by Braveheart · To attend the six-weekly Living Well leaders’ meetings as far as possible If you are interested in this role or would like to know more then please do get in touch!