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Parkinson's UK (Scottish Borders)

Parkinson's UK (Scottish Borders)

Charity registered in Scotland SC037554

We are the Parkinson's support and research charity. For over 40 years we have been working to improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's. Within Scotland there are approximately 10,000 people with Parkinson's; 1 in 500 of the population.

Parkinson’s UK provides support, advice and information to people with Parkinson’s, their carers, families and friends and to health and social services professionals involved in management and care. Each year we also spend around £4 million funding research into the cause, cure and prevention of Parkinson’s and improvements in available treatments.

Current opportunity

Parkinson’s Volunteer Educators give presentations to residential and home care agency staff to improve their knowledge of Parkinson’s and understand how to better support people with the condition. Parkinson’s UK would like to expand its network of volunteer trainers to enable us to reach a greater number of care staff across Scotland. Our aim is to help professionals to better understand Parkinson’s and subsequently improve their practice. We will provide training to enable you to plan and deliver a short one hour presentation on Parkinson's using prepared flip charts and notes to groups of staff working in care homes and home care agencies in your local area. This will involve: • Contacting care providers by letter or email to offer your session, responding to requests for sessions received via the Parkinson's UK web site or that have come via the local area/country team. • Delivering sessions in care homes or care agencies locally at mutually convenient time. • Participating in support meetings (face to face or by telephone) with the Education Adviser Scotland. • Completing and forwarding monthly reports on your sessions to the Education team administrator. Many Parkinson's volunteer educators have Parkinson’s themselves or some experience of the condition either within their family or professionally. The role brings many rewards whether you have direct experience of Parkinson’s or not. Volunteering in this role will allow you to: • Increase your own knowledge and understanding of Parkinson's and the wider work of the charity • Share your knowledge and experience of the condition with interested professionals, improving their practice and care for people with Parkinson’s • Access further learning and development opportunities • Be part of a UK-wide organisation that values and recognises the vital contributions of its volunteers. Previous volunteers have reported that the volunteer educator role is very rewarding and worthwhile. Feedback from care staff attending the sessions has also been consistently positive and sessions are very much valued. Ideally you will have experience in public speaking and will: • Be enthusiastic, enjoy speaking to groups and manage a group effectively • Have an understanding of Parkinson's the condition, the wider work of Parkinson's UK (training provided on this) and have empathy with the aims of the charity • Be computer literate and have basic administrative and telephone skills, as this role will require you to contact care homes by telephone and/or email to arrange dates and times for presentations. • Have access to your own car and be able to travel within your local area as agreed with the Education Adviser.