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Volunteer Fitness Instructor with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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About this volunteering opportunity

We are looking for a qualified fitness instructor or sports coach to lead ward based exercise sessions.

The volunteer will co-facilitate the group alongside their OT team supervisor. The supervisor will be responsible overall for the group allowing the volunteer to focus on and lead the activity. It would be beneficial if there could be 1:1 sessions with clients with supervision from the OT.

As a volunteer instructor you will be responsible for providing graded instruction taking into account feedback from the OT team supervisor and residents, especially in regards to any physical limitations a person may have. You will be expected to be able to accommodate a range of physical ability.

The volunteer instructor will need to be able to communicate clearly and encouragingly to participants in the session and may be asked to help encourage participation beforehand.

About this organisation

We provide NHS care and treatment for people living in south east England. Our mental health services provide care and treatment for people with conditions such as psychosis, depression, anxiety, dementia and personality disorder. Our specialist learning disability services provide community and inpatient care for people with complex health needs which can’t be met by other services. Our services are aimed at children, young people and adults of all ages.

Induction, training and support offered with this opportunity

When you start your volunteering role you will be introduced to a local supervisor, who will conduct your local induction. Your supervisor will be responsible for ensuring that you receive regular 1:1 support. All volunteers are expected to complete mandatory online training which will include: Information Governance; Equality, Diversity and Human rights Information; Governance Safeguarding Adults & Children and Prevent. As a volunteer for Sussex Partnership, you may also be able to access other training opportunities that will develop your knowledge and skills.

Skills or experience needed for this opportunity

Aged 18 or over? Able to commit reliably to at least 2 hours a week for a minimum of six months? A commitment to improve the patient’s experience of their time in the community ward? Well presented, with a friendly and approachable manner and good verbal communication skills? An ability to relate well to people on a one to one basis and be sympathetic to others’ situations? An ability to be patient and calm even in the face of difficult situations? An ability to act on own initiative within the role description? A willingness to be flexible and to follow the guidance of a placement supervisor? A commitment to the trust’s equal opportunities and diversity policies? A willingness to abide by the Sussex Partnership volunteer guidelines, including rules on
confidentiality, health and safety, safeguarding adults and children and manual handling? To be willing to receive training any areas as appropriate to the volunteer role? Qualification in fitness instruction and personal training or sports coaching. Experience of
teaching outside of training for qualification not essential.

The contact person for this opportunity is Natalie Poland, 07810 656746

  • Expenses are paid for this opportunity.
  • This opportunity is NOT fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Assistance with childcare is NOT available for this opportunity.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday



  • people with mental health problems
  • sports/games
  • teaching/training
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