Oxygen Chamber Operators

Sussex MS Centre

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The Sussex MS Centre is a small, inclusive, self-help, independently funded Centre supporting people with Multiple Sclerosis. We offer drug free therapies such as Oxygen Therapy, Acupuncture, Massage and Shiatsu and exercise classes including Keep Fit, Pilates and Yoga. The Centre provides an excellent space for socialising which helps to prevent feelings of isolation. Our aims are to maintain flexibility, mobility, and provide pain relief promoting well-being and a positive attitude for those with MS.

What is Oxygen Therapy?
The oxygen in the air we breathe is constantly treating the day to day damage we sustain - repairing and renewing our cells. When tissues are damaged the capillaries they contain are also damaged. This reduces the flow of blood that transports oxygen, which may limit or even prevent recovery.
Being a gas, the concentration of oxygen in blood is actually determined by the air pressure surrounding us. To significantly increase the oxygen concentration in blood to improve healing a higher dose is needed - 100% oxygen delivered by a mask and the use of a sealed room, known as a “barochamber” to allow an increase in pressure.

We are looking for people who would be happy to train up as a Volunteer Oxygen Chamber Operator and who could be available on Monday afternoons from 1.15-3.15pm and also Saturday mornings and to possibly be on call for shifts that other volunteers can't make due to either ill health or holidays.(you don't have to be available for both of those days, either would be fine)

All travel expenses will be paid if required.


Skills

You do not need to have any specific experience as you will receive full training. 

You need to have patience as once you have operated the chamber and got it to the depth required you are required to watch the desk controls to ensure the Health and Safety of those in the chamber and a session last 55 minutes. Having a good book to read at this point is thoroughly reccomended (!) although there are always friendly people around to chat to.


Benefits

  • Opportunity to work and be a part of an MS Centre and gain social interaction (of which there is a lot, being a very friendly centre!) strengthening your ties to the local community
  • A chance to give back and feel you are able to really make a difference to the lives of those with MS within the Sussex region
  • Volunteering and helping others can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose


Practical Considerations

Travelling by car

Having travelled down the Old Shoreham Road (A270) or the coast Road (A259) and reached Southwick, there is a sign to the MS Centre on the corner of Croft Avenue just off Southwick Road. Drive along Croft Avenue and at the end turn left into the park (Southwick Recreation Ground).  Follow the road, turning right past the bowls club and keep going to the carpark at the very end on your left and you will see the centre.

 Travelling by bus

There are a number of buses that stop near the Centre including the 60, 46 and 700.  For real time information on buses stopping near the Centre visit https://www.buses.co.uk/plan-your-journey to look at Brighton and Hove Buses. The 700 bus is operated by Stagecoach and covers the Brighton-Worthing-Littlehampton area. Once you have arrived you need to make your way to Croft Avenue.  There is a sign to the MS Centre on the corner of the avenue, just off Southwick Road. Go to the end of Croft Avenue and turn left into the park (Southwick Recreation Ground).  Follow the road, turning right past the bowls club and keep going to the car-park at the very end on your left and you will see the centre.

Travelling by rail

We are a 7 minute walk from Southwick rail station. You can check the times of trains on the Southern Railway website. Once you have arrived you need to turn left out of the station to make your way to Croft Avenue.  There is a sign to the MS Centre on the corner of the avenue, just off Southwick Road. Go to the end of Croft Avenue and a turn left into the park (Southwick Recreation Ground).  Follow the road, turning right past the bowls club and keep going to the car-park at the very end on your left and you will see the centre.

Taxis

Brighton and Hove Council provide information on wheelchair accessible taxis in their area. For information on wheelchair accessible transport (taxis, Dial-a-Ride etc) in the Adur area please visit the Adur and Worthing Councils website.

When do I need to be available?

Details To be available for cover also - you odn't have to be available on both Mondays and saturdays but it woudl be great if you coudl do one of them. Cover people are also very imprtant to us - we woud like ot build a pool of people we could draw on for cover.
Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Where does this role take place?

Croft Avenue
Southwick Recreation Ground
Southwick
West Sussex
BN42 4AB

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Travel only
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Support on Offer
  • Training