A project to help people look after their health and wellbeing is underway in Norwich.
Voluntary Norfolk is recruiting volunteers who can spend a few hours each week in the eastern part of the city, befriending and coaching people who need a little extra help and kindness.
You don’t need to be an expert – volunteer coaches are given some training before they are ‘buddied’ with other people in the community - you just need to be open-minded, outgoing and friendly.
Joel Watkins from Voluntary Norfolk, who is leading the project, said: “The idea is that volunteers offer a few hours a week, to help members of their local community manage long-term health conditions and wellbeing by engaging in health coaching conversations and supporting people to find new social activities and support groups.
“If you are a good communicator, who is non-judgemental, empathetic and committed to equal opportunities, then Health Coaching is for you!”
The project is funded by NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group. The Chair, Tracy Williams, said: “Health coaching is about helping and supporting other people, but it brings real benefits to the coaches as well.
“People who volunteer for this kind of work usually say it makes them personally feel good to be able to help others, it not only gets them out of the house but makes them feel they are doing something worthwhile and positive.”
The project has just begun, and covers the Thorpe St Andrew, Sprowston and Old Catton areas. The target is to get a team of 20-40 trained volunteers to visit people in their homes.
There are already have two volunteers who will have completed the full two-day training by the end of this week, with three others ready to begin training. Voluntary Norfolk will also provide ongoing support to the volunteer health coaches. All applicants need to be over the age of 18.
To find out more about how to volunteer and make a difference, please contact Joel Watkins on 07384113658 or email