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What will I be doing?

Our Moving Forward After Stroke (MFAS) Programme provides exercise and education sessions for stroke survivors to reduce their risk of further strokes, improve their levels of physical fitness, reduce social isolation and support daily living. As an Exercise Supporter, you will be supporting stroke survivors and carers who access this service.

  • Working with stroke survivors during the 12-week programmes to help them achieve their exercise-related goals. 
  • Supporting the group exercise sessions to ensure that all participants are comfortable, engaged and able to take part in all activities.
  • Supporting the education sessions in order to help participants make healthy lifestyle changes.
  • Identifying further exercise-related activities and opportunities in the local area that can be accessed by stroke survivors and carers when the 12-week programme is finished. 
  • Helping Stroke Association staff to organise the 12-week programmes by planning and organising transport to the group for stroke survivors and arranging refreshments. 

What skills and experiences do I need?

  • You have an interest in how exercise can support recovery following a stroke.
  • You are comfortable supporting stroke survivors and carers either on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting.
  • You are relatively fit, active and maintain a reasonably healthy day-to-day lifestyle as you will be supporting people to make positive lifestyle changes following their stroke. 
  • You are able to assist people in achieving goals in a supportive and empathic manner.

What skills and experience will I gain?

  • Practical experience of working with people affected by stroke that could enhance your career or studies.
  • An understanding and awareness of stroke and its effects and the challenges people face after stroke.
  • An opportunity to enhance your CV or learn new skills.
  • An opportunity to engage with your local community.
  • An opportunity to gain experience with a well-respected charity delivering sector-leading services.
  • Stroke Association induction and training
  • Local induction to the service and how it will run to support survivors and carers.
  • Regular and ongoing support from a named member of staff.
  • Ongoing training as the role requires.
  • Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed. 

When do you need me?

  • The weekly exercise sessions are delivered at Battersea Park Millennium Arena by Specialist Exercise Instructors. The sessions are expected to run at the same time each week and details can be provided on enquiry. There will be some time required outside of these sessions to support people to achieve their goals.   

Is this a one-off opportunity?

  • No

How many people are needed?

  • Five

Any age restrictions?

  • Must be over 18 years of age.

Contact

Beth Brown on 020 8871 6756 or beth.brown1@nhs.net

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