We're looking for volunteers to help people lose weight and be more active
Wednesday 1 August 2018
We’re looking for volunteers from Dundee and Glasgow who can support people living in the area to reduce their risk of developing bowel cancer by helping them to lose weight and become more active.
Volunteers, known as Life Coaches, will offer simple tips to local people to increase their physical activity, encourage them to sign up to nearby walking groups and leisure centres, give guidance on portion sizes and calories, set them attainable goals and most importantly, be there to support, motivate and inspire them.
Volunteers with a background of coaching and counselling are preferred, but this can be informal experience, as well as an interest in physical activity and nutrition. The ideal Life Coach will also have empathy for people with health challenges, can show tact and discretion, be enthusiastic and well-organised, and have the ability to maintain trusting relationships. Full training will be provided by the University of Dundee.
Claire Donaghy, Head of Scotland for Bowel Cancer UK, says: “This exciting new project empowers people living in Dundee and Glasgow to take small steps to reduce their risk of bowel cancer with the support of a trained volunteer. I would encourage anyone interested in volunteering for the charity as a Life Coach to join us – you won’t regret it! Not only will you enhance your knowledge of nutrition and physical activity but you will be helping us to save lives from bowel cancer.”
The BeWEL project, funded by the Scottish Government, is being undertaken by The University of Dundee in conjunction with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Tayside and Bowel Cancer UK. It comes as we launch our new brand after Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer merged to create a future where nobody dies of the disease.
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