PD Heroes Exercise Volunteer
PD Heroes is an exercise program designed for people with Parkinson’s disease which is based on the concept of “neuroplasticity” of the human brain. The program uses activity, thought and movement to stimulate dormant circuitry in the brain which drives neuroplastic change. This approach has been pioneered by Australian Neurophysiotherapists and is well supported by research in the field.
What is involved in becoming a PD Heroes Exercise Volunteer?
This main purpose of this volunteer role is to assist with the running of the exercise program once per week on Monday from 2:00 to 3:30pm. The volunteer will be supported by the physiotherapist in order to assist one client taking part in Parkinson’s disease exercise program at CHIRP Community Health. This involves working individually with one participant, providing encouragement and supporting them throughout the exercise class.
In addition, this role may involve assisting participants with transfers, collecting appropriate equipment and moving between stations. It also might involve assisting participants with relevant supports/seating arrangements to enable them to exercise safely and appropriately.
Furthermore, the PD Heros Exercise Volunteers may be asked to come in a little earlier, or stay later in order to prepare and tidy the area for class participants. This role also might involve collecting fees from participants and supporting participants of the group by being welcoming and inclusive.
If you are interested in becoming a PD Heroes Exercise Volunteer, please complete the volunteer interest form. Alternatively, you could call us on (03) 5479 1000 and ask to speak to Janine (Physiotherapist) or Deb (Allied Health & Wellbeing Manager) about this role.
Please note that all of our volunteers must undergo comprehensive screening checks including a police check and a Victorian Working with Children Check prior to commencing volunteering with us.