Volunteer and receive training to lead exercise sessions for the over 50s

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Poplar HARCA is partnering with Oomph! who will to train, mentor and provide equipment for staff and volunteers to deliver exercise classes for the over 50s from our community centres.

This opportunity aims to increase the social and emotional wellbeing for older people throughout the UK. Through enabling more people to take part in fun and inclusive and physical activity in their community that contributes towards improving quality of life, health & wellbeing.


Oomph! trains and supports instructors to lead physical activity for older adults involving a wide range of ages and abilities where exercise is as inclusive as possible. Exercise is fundamentally movement, and the principles of these sessions are to have fun whilst increasing movement. This includes both seated and standing movements to music which can be energetic, relaxing or anywhere in-between. There's also plenty of games and activities centred around different sports including indoor boules, adapted volleyball, walking games and strength and balance training.



The training course will run over 2-days of practical learning backed up with theory. You will be learning with others who want to be active in planning and delivering person-centered physical activity sessions in Poplar, the accredited course is Level 2 and will cover...

- Safety in physical activity delivery and rish assessment

- Physical, cognitive and emotional effects of exercise on older adults

- Health conditions and physical activity considerations

- Skills for confident leadership

- Adapting physical activity and movements for varied abilities and long-term conditions

- How to run interactive games and activities

- Motivating people to take part

- Skills for co-ordinating and managing community exercise sessions.



You will receive instructor resources which will be sent out to you every month. You will have access to a tablet with the Oomph! App which should provide all teh information you need. There will be face to face support locally through our regional team too.

  • We aim to provide a meaningful experience for you as a volunteer
  • You will have a full induction followed by the right training and ongoing support
  • You will have a named PH Contact and opportunities for regular supervision sessions so you can track your progress and work towards meeting your particular goals
  • You will be prioritized for any further training we have on offer
  • You will receive agreed ‘out of pocket’ travel expenses; also lunch if you volunteer for more than five hours per day
  • We will provide you with an honest reference regardless of how long you are with us
  • We can promise a safe environment without discrimination and a supportive space to be in



- The training runs over two days from 9.30am - 3.30pm and will be run at one of our community centres.

- The volunteer positions is for 6 months and hopefully longer

- Once you have completed the training you will lead one regular session per week in one of our community centres. This will be the same session each week to help you build a rapport with attendees.

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If you are under the age of 18 we require permission from your parent or guardian prior to you volunteering

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Terri Calbraith

Volunteering Coordinator


0207 536 8865

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