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Training to help community volunteers talk about physical activity

Posted: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:51

Training to help community volunteers talk about physical activity

As we find ourselves in a winter lockdown and with increasing numbers of people affected by the virus, the need for volunteers to provide telephone support services such as check in and chat and shielding telephone support, has never been greater.

Checking in on someone who's vulnerable and shielding is a fantastic way to help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, check they have the food and medicines they need, and also that they're looking after their health and wellbeing as best they can whilst indoors. Physical activity is a great tool to help people relieve stress and anxiety they may be feeling, and help them maintain their fitness levels, and the Chief Medical Officer recommends that all adults should try to achieve 150 minutes of exercise a week.

If you are called upon as a volunteer to provide telephone support, how confident would you be about talking to someone about their health and exercise levels?

We are hosting two free training courses to help people working in the voluntary sector to feel more comfortable and confident in supporting residents in their community to understand why they need to stay active during the pandemic, and beyond.

The Physical Activity Training for Voluntary Groups is for volunteers and paid staff working in the voluntary and community sector. Through this hour and a half training you'll learn:

  • How to bring up the conversation
  • The benefits of being active
  • How to advise how much activity people should be getting
  • Resources to help people to become more active
  • Where to signpost to for local physical activity opportunities

These training sessions are hosted virtually by Active Norfolk's Physical Activity project officer, Amy Story, who delivers physical activity training to health and social care staff across Norfolk.

Upcoming Training Dates:

  • Wednesday 10th March 1:30 – 3:00pm

Click here to book your place.

For more information contact Amy Story on

Tags: Physical Activity, Training