Oxygen Chamber Operators
Sussex MS Centre
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. Our aims are to maintain flexibility, mobility, and provide pain relief promoting well-being and a positive attitude for those with MS.
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. Members breathe oxygen through a mask or hood, whilst the pressure on the inside of the chamber is increased.
We are looking for people who would be happy to train up as a Volunteer Oxygen Chamber Operator to take on a weekly shift. Generally a shift is about 3.5/4 hrs.
You do not need to have any specific experience as you will receive full training.
- Opportunity to work and be a part of the 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.
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.
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||We would like to recruit a few volunteers and each person to take one shift a week if possible. The evening shift is for a 5.30 and 7pm Oxygen therapy session so woudl be from 5-5.15pm to 8.15/30pm. We are also looking for soemone to do a wednesday afternoon which would be from 11.50/55am - 4.30pm each week. Apart from this we need people who are flexible that could be in a cover pool for shifts - for absence and holidays of regular operators.|
Where does this role take place?
Southwick Recreation Ground