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Host Organisation: Versus Arthritis

Have you had a joint replacement? Would you like to use your experience to help others in a group setting?

Opportunity Interests: Health and Wellbeing services, Social Activities
Type of Activity: Befriending, Providing Advice
Location: Crewe, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach, Wilmslow
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday AM, Monday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Friday AM, Friday PM

Facing joint replacement surgery for the first time can be a daunting prospect. So being able to talk to someone about what it’s really like can be helpful and reassuring.

If you have had a joint replacement and would like to help other people with arthritis we’d love to hear from you.
We are looking for people who have had their joint replaced and are willing to share their experiences with others in an informal setting with a small group of people. It is part of a new exciting project called Joint Understanding .We offer free training and support to people who are willing to share their own experiences with others to help them prepare for and recover from joint replacement surgery.

You’ll have the chance to make a real difference to people with arthritis at what can be a difficult time in their lives. By listening to people’s experiences and answering questions on a wide range of topics you will enable people to feel more confident and much better prepared for surgery.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

• Understanding and empathy – this role involves understanding people’s experiences of arthritis and joint replacement and the ability to offer support and to acknowledge that everyone’s experiences, although different, are equally valuable.
• Understanding of how to support people with long term health conditions – people with long term health conditions are continuously on a journey and often face significant changes in their personal, professional and social lives. As a Peer Facilitator you will support people with arthritis to achieve their goals.
• Good at turning negatives into positive – at times you will be faced with difficult questions and lots of emotion. A good skill to have is in helping people to feel positive they can make changes through staying active and engaging with others.
• Confident in group settings – one of the things we will help people tackle is isolation they may face by living with arthritis. It is important that you feel confident in bringing people together and helping them to have a good time in a social environment.
• Confident in group settings – one of the things we will help people tackle is isolation they may face by living with arthritis. It is important that you feel confident in bringing people together and helping them to have a good time in a social environment.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
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?:

Travel and expenses at mileage of 0.45 per mile.

What support is available for the volunteer?:

Ongoing training and supervision with a named co-ordinator. Opportunity to attend further networking and learning days through out the year.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

One day training which covers how to set up and run an effective peer support group and how to guide positive group discussions . Ongoing support and training from the volunteer manager.