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 volunteer walk leaders in the Falkirk area. They are looking for people over the age of 18 who are reasonably fit, like walking and enjoy meeting people. If you have a few spare hours per week and would like to encourage and support other people in walking their way to good health on our Braveheart walks, please get in touch.

Forth Valley Top Toes provides a personal foot care service for clients who are unable to provide their own personal foot care. This project supports the work of NHS podiatry services, allowing them to focus on quality care for those who really need it. Good foot care can reduce the risk of falls among vulnerable older people. Clients will be given their own set of clippers at first appointment and will bring with them to each subsequent appointment. Footcare Volunteer tasks include: - set up of the footcare room/setting - liasing with clients using the service when they attend for appointments - cutting client's toenails following the training and guidance provided - updating client's personal record booklet Whilst this project is currently unable to run footcare clinics due to current COVID restrictions, the Top Toes team are keen to hear from interested volunteers now so they can be prepared to begin this much valued service again as soon as it is possible to do so.

Forth Valley Top Toes provides a personal foot care service for clients who are unable to provide their own personal foot care. This project supports the work of NHS podiatry services, allowing them to focus on quality care for those who really need it. Good foot care can reduce the risk of falls among vulnerable older people. Clients will be given their own set of clippers at first appointment and will bring with them to each subsequent appointment. The Top Toes Reception Volunteer tasks will include: - providing a warm welcome to clients who attend for their appointments - receive donations from clients using the service when they attend for their appointments Whilst this project is currently unable to run footcare clinics due to current COVID restrictions, the Top Toes team are keen to hear from interested volunteers now so they can be prepared to begin this much valued service again as soon as it is possible to do so.

The Braveheart Association is a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board is currently seeking to recruit new Trustees with the relevant experience and skills to ensure the organisation continues to develop and provide high quality services and be sustained long term. We encourage applications from individuals with a variety of different experiences and backgrounds. Office bearer positions may be available for suitable candidates. We are therefore looking for individuals who share the vision of Braveheart and who have the motivation to contribute their skills and experience in helping the organisation continue to meet the growing health needs of the people we work with. There are particular opportunities for individuals with one or more of the following key skills and experience: *Individuals with proven leadership skills, particularly, but not exclusively, within the voluntary/charity sector *Individuals who have worked or are working in a senior role in the voluntary, public or private sector *Individuals with strategic planning, social enterprise, marketing or human resource management experience *Individuals with experience in fundraising * Individuals with a good understanding of current legal, governance and strategic finance matters, particularly in the voluntary or charity sector As a Board member you will be expected to act in the interests of the Association and you will have oversight and responsibility for all aspects of Braveheart governance and strategy. Braveheart is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work and members will be appointed on merit. We welcome applications from people who will bring diversity to our Board of Trustees. Further information can be viewed on the Braveheart website at www.braveheart.uk.net