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Host Organisation: Parkinson's UK - North

Parkinson's cafés are a new way of supporting people affected by Parkinson's in a relaxed and informal setting, offering access to friendship, shared experiences and information. Cafe's are run by volunteers, and work on an informal drop in basis.

Opportunity Interests: Community Events, Health and Wellbeing services, Older People (60+), People with Disabilities
Type of Activity: Stewarding / Event Management, Support / Care Work
Location: Congleton
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Friday AM

As a Café Coordinator you will:

• ensure the café gathering takes place on a set day and time, and that those attending are warmly welcomed
• use and work with the chosen venue effectively, which could include activities such as ordering refreshments
• provide updates and feedback to relevant Parkinson's UK staff members about how the café session are going
• work with the local Parkinson's UK team to think of creative ways to add interest and value to the café sessions.

Parkinson's cafés would not be possible without the support of volunteers. As a Café Coordinator, you will:

• gain considerably from meeting new people and forging friendships and connections in your area
• enable those affected by Parkinson's to access support in their area
• gain valuable organisational and communication skills
• do something useful and meaningful for your community
• learn about the work of a major health charity, and be an important part of the wider Parkinson's UK network.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: No
Skills and Qualifications Required:

In order to fulfil this role, you will:

• have excellent communication skills and a friendly attitude, as you will be working with a wide range of people
• be patient and empathetic, in order to deal with sensitive issues and topics
• be willing to listen and respond tactfully to the views and feedback of others, ensuring that it is shared with Parkinson's UK staff when appropriate
• be motivated and reliable, with strong organisational skills in order to ensure the cafe sessions run smoothly
• be able to share and uphold the vision and values of Parkinson's UK
• either have knowledge of Parkinson's, or a willingness to learn more about it

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?: No
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

We believe that no Parkinson’s UK volunteer should find themselves out of pocket because
of expenses incurred when carrying out their volunteering activities on our behalf. As a
volunteer you can claim out-of-pocket expenses in line with Parkinson’s UK’s Volunteer
Expenses Policy.

What support is available for the volunteer?:

Volunteers will receive an induction to Parkinson's UK covering a range of topics to help you learn more about Parkinson's, the charity and the practicalities of volunteering.

Ongoing contact and any additional support you need will be provided throughout your role by Parkinson's UK staff.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Volunteers will receive an induction to Parkinson's UK covering a range of topics to help you learn more about Parkinson's, the charity and the practicalities of volunteering.