Right Track Volunteer

Possability People

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About us: Possability People is a user led organisation that promotes independent living for all. We work towards equality by inspiring disabled people to identify barriers and define solutions.

The Right Track Programme is a personalised approach to increasing levels of physical activity amongst people with MSK conditions by helping people to help themselves. It links people with MSK conditions, and their carers, into support in the community. The aim of the project is to learn about the needs and opportunities of people experiencing these conditions, and supports people to access, increase and maintain physical activity. It focuses on early intervention and prevention.

 What we need:

The Right Track project is a collaboration between the voluntary sector and the health service to support people with MSK (musculoskeletal) conditions to manage their aches and pain and become more active. We can link people who have been referred or signposted to us by their health care professional into support and activity in their local community which can help improve their health and wellbeing. We operate throughout Brighton and Hove, Mid Sussex, Horsham, Crawley and East Grinstead.

We’re looking for volunteers who can support the Right Track team to provide a service for people living with MSK conditions.

Things you can do:

  • Provide administrative support to the Right Track project - preparing assessment packs, updating resources and maintaining accurate records using MS Excel, online survey tools and Cloud based management systems
  • Conduct online research into signposting options – supporting the creation of person centred action plans that are relevant to service users’ interests and needs
  • Access and support the development of Possability People’s Citywide Connect Services to provide appropriate support to the project, including the It’s Local Actually site
  • Develop Right Track’s outreach and signposting potential by researching non-clinical services and groups in the Community and Voluntary Sector; identifying gaps and suggesting options that could be included in future
  • Get involved with Right Track’s outreach work to promote the service with local groups and activity providers • Accompany someone with a MSK condition to a community based activity
  • Provide a follow up service for service users engaging with the Right Track project – contacting people to check in with progress and further signposting as appropriate, and collecting feedback and evaluations
  • Creating case studies for service users who have given their permission; helping to highlight the positive impact of the Right Track project
  • Research into and support applications for fundraising to help the sustainability of Right Track

Who can help?

All volunteers will attend a one day group induction along with other new volunteers and staff, in order to familiarise themselves with the overall working practices of the organisation. You will also have an induction with the Right Track team around the specifics of your role.

Day to day you will be supported by the Right Track team and will have regular supervisions (minimum every 3 month) with the Project Lead. There will also be team meetings and get-together throughout the year.

As well as project-specific training to carry out your role, volunteers are eligible for a range of free courses and receive a training allowance for additional relevant training.

Expected commitment:

Your availability and the needs of the team will be discussed at an informal meeting after we have received your application form. Where possible we ask for a minimum 6 months commitment, 3 hours per week on a regular day and time.The role will mainly be based at our Montague House office, with possible travel to other locations across Brighton and Hove if you are involved with any outreach.

What support and training is there for you?

Each volunteer will attend a group induction session in order to familiarise themselves with the overall working practices of the organisation and to prepare for their volunteering role. You will also have an induction with the Right Track team around the specifics of your role.

Day to day you will be supported by the Right Track team and will have regular supervisions (minimum every 3 month) with the Project Lead. There will also be team meetings and get-together throughout the year.

As well as project-specific training to carry out your role, volunteers are eligible for a range of free courses and receive a training allowance for additional relevant training.

Skills

Can you provide the following - maybe you have done some or have some of these::

  • Strong communication skills when using the phone, email, letter or face to face
  • Able to use MS Outlook, MS Excel and MS Word for basic functions
  • Confident using the internet for research and locating information
  • An interest in working with disabled and / or older people at risk of social isolation
  • A knowledge of / willingness to learn about the social model of disability and the social prescribing model (in relation to supporting people with MSK conditions to engage in physical and social activity to improve their health and wellbeing)
  • Experience of / interest in disability issues. You do not have to identify as ‘disabled’ to be involved. Carers, professionals, family, friends, partners and supporters are also equally welcome to participate
  • Ability to contribute positively to team work and activities, attend team meetings and be solution focused.
  • A commitment to Possability People’s policy on anti-discrimination for all groups in society.
  • To understand and adhere to Possability People’s policies, in particular around confidentiality, anti-discrimination and the principles of Equal Opportunities
  • Experience of fundraising.
  • Confident with public speaking skills and able to present information to small groups and activity providers out in the community.
  • The ability to travel and attend community events or groups to promote the project or support service users.

These are some skills, knowledge and experience we are looking for. However, if you don’t have these don’t worry as we can offer training and development within these areas.

Benefits

• An opportunity to offer your skills and experience and the chance to make a difference

• Help yourself and people with MSK conditions to be properly included in the community and in the wider world.

• Increase your confidence and self-esteem by learning new skills

• Access a range of free training courses, such adult safeguarding or disability equality

• Develop your knowledge and awareness of disability equality and help to challenge discrimination and improve services and opportunities for disabled people in Brighton & Hove

• Learn new skills, develop your CV and gain work references

• Meet new people and have fun!

Practical Considerations


When do I need to be available?

Start Date 03/08/2018
End Date 01/04/2021
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Where does this role take place?

Montague House
Montague Place
Brighton
East Sussex
BN2 1JE

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