The club runs on a Thursday afternoon from 12.30 – 3.00 pm.

We need volunteers to help from 12.00 – 3.30 pm

The club is for older men who find themselves isolated or lonely and/or they have health conditions that prevent them from leading an active life. The idea of the club is to provide activities on our city farm so that they can feel useful, make friends and improve their wellbeing. Countrymen UK is a national project which recognised the need to support older men who previously led outdoors activities.

Tasks:
· To help facilitate the club with meeting and greeting members
· To help set up and pack away for the club
· To support individuals who may struggle with physical tasks, not to do the tasks for them, but to help if needed.
· To chat and befriend
· To help with refreshments
· To assist with planning activities
· To go out on trips with the group as and when required

Person Specification:
· We welcome people who enjoy working in an outdoor environment and who like animals.
· It is not essential that you have practical DIY skills but really helpful if you have.
· It is important that you are friendly, enjoy chatting with people and making people feel at ease.
· It would be beneficial if you enjoy gardening and can help others too
· If you have any community languages it may help with any gentlemen who need language support.
· If you have any art or craft skills it will be useful as we may have to do indoor activities during poor weather conditions.

What's in it for you:
· You will learn about wellbeing and supporting others to achieve things for themselves.
· You will learn skills that are important in Health & Social Care
· You will be helping make the city farm a better place for residents in Balsall Heath.
· You will make new friends for yourself
· You will learn about adult safeguarding and making safeguarding personal
· You will learn team work and good communication skills
· You will learn about health & safety

Why we want you:
The Club is new and we already have enough members to run a second session. Some of the individuals need a little bit of support with tools, or with knowing how to do things. By having volunteers on board, it means we can divide the groups if needed so that more supervision can be achieved and the men can choose what jobs or activities they’d like to do. Also, some of the men may have mobility issues and so it is good to have a helping hand getting around the farm.

Training:
St. Paul’s can offer free Adult Safeguarding which is CPD certified. Volunteers can also access other free training such as Health & Safety, Equalities, GDPR and Child Protection.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email [email protected]