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Gym Support Volunteer

Opportunity

Date
Ongoing
Sport / Physical Activity
Gym / Health Club
Contact
Daniel Height / Daniel.Height@extracare.org.uk
Tags
Volunteering, Fitness, Coaching gym
Source
University of Birmingham Sport
Purpose of the role: To assist the fitness instructor in the smooth running of the gym and to ensure proper procedures are observed. Also, willing and able to assist gym users to use specialist equipment once the required training has been completed. Enhancing the services provided within the village by increasing the availability of the gym when the fitness instructor is absent.

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust enables older people to enjoy a healthier, active and more independent lifestyle in a network of inspirational communities that represent a modern alternative to the traditional care or nursing home. The Charity operates 14 retirement villages and 17 smaller housing developments across the Midlands and the North.

Purpose of the role:

To assist the fitness instructor in the smooth running of the gym and to ensure proper procedures are observed. Also, willing and able to assist gym users to use specialist equipment once the required training has been completed. Enhancing the services provided within the village by increasing the availability of the gym when the fitness instructor is absent.

Main tasks:

  • Providing physical assistance to users of specialist equipment once trained to do so
  • Assisting with the opening and closing the gym
  • Turning machinery on and off as required
  • Carrying out daily cleaning and health and safety checks on gym facilities
  • Providing excellent customer service to gym members
  • Providing information on the operation of gym equipment
  • Operating the gym music system
  • Observing the gym (being able to raise the alarm in an emergency)
  • Filing and finding gym members programme cards
  • Promoting gym facilities and memberships
  • Assisting with housekeeping tasks within the gym facilities
  • To observe standard procedures and observe Health and Safety and rules of conduct

Attributes/Competencies:

A people person with a pleasant and friendly personality

Trustworthy, honest and reliable

Ability to carryout their role within a team and under own initiative

This role does not include the following tasks:

  • Instructing and advising in relation to exercise, fitness programmes, health and dietary information
  • Personal care tasks
  • Administering of medication
  • Advice or support in relation to a person's financial affairs

Requirements:

Completion of a DBS check (not barring list)

2 references

Training and benefits:

  • Specific training to assist users with specialist equipment
  • Full Manual Handling Training
  • Accessing training required to carryout the role and to further personal development
  • Acquiring relevant work experience
  • Direction and support