Volunteering for health and wellbeing

The main aim of health and wellbeing is to increase participation in sport, play and physical activity for all ages and abilities.

What does the health and wellbeing team do?

The main aim is to increase participation in sport, play and physical activity for all ages and abilities.

Some of the work carried out includes the following:

  • Strategic planning of particular projects
  • Monitoring and evaluating projects
  • Assessing the impact of programmes
  • Establishing links between schools, sports clubs and community groups
  • Providing support and advice to schools, clubs, play groups on a number of development issues, such as funding, training etc
  • Working with key partners to provide opportunities for all ages to increase their physical activity levels.

A typical path into the service initially involves volunteer work and then progression to a casual coach or play worker.

Once you have gained experience within this role and have developed your skills, you should be able to move on. The minimum number of years experience to gain a sport, play or arts development officer role is usually about two years.

What types of volunteering roles are available within the Health and Wellbeing team?

There are a number of ways that people can volunteer in the service. Examples include:

Volunteering directly with the health and wellbeing team

We run a range of projects throughout the year where we need the support of volunteers. For a list of current volunteering opportunities please visit Recruit East Riding (external East Riding website)or log onto www.do-it.org (external website)to find out about opportunities near you.

Volunteering with a local sports club

Many voluntary sports clubs have now registered their volunteer opportunities on the Yorkshire Sport - Volunteering website. Please visit via the link below where you can conduct a search in your locality of the opportunities available.

You can then register your interest online - Yorkshire Sport - Volunteering (external website)

What are the basic requirements to volunteer for the health and wellbeing team?

To volunteer within our team, you must be enthusiastic about volunteering and working with a wide range of ages and abilities. You must be prepared to undertake training and be committed to promoting equality and diversity. All volunteers will be required to undertake a CRB check and basic Safeguarding and First Aid training is essential.

What is the timescale for volunteering with health and wellbeing?

Some volunteering opportunities within the service may be for a specific event or project, and so could be time-limited. Other opportunities may be ongoing. We will always try to be as flexible as possible to ensure the best volunteering experience for all parties.

Is there training available?

Training to enhance your ability to fulfil your volunteering role will be available. It is expected that all volunteers will complete basic Safeguarding and First Aid as soon as possible after becoming a volunteer, however if you already hold these qualifications this may enable you to gain a volunteer placement quicker.

What do I do if I want more information?

If you would like more information about volunteering with the service, please contact the Health and Wellbeing team healthandwellbeing@eastriding.gov.uk

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