'Build your CV' is a constant cry from parents, you NEED a million dollar personal statement!
'But' mumbles the teenager struggling with school, homework, revision, sleep and chilling with friends...'I don't have the time!'
Across the country sports mad kids take Sports Leaders awards and Level 1 coaching certificates and then go back to their sports clubs and begin 'helping' the youngsters.
University students need to grow their CV's and while they have long summer holidays they may not know where to look for placements that are fun, rewarding as well as career building. A click in the right place could find them marshalling an arena event (free concert?).
A mum who now spends less time taxi-ing the kids about has time to herself. Saturday mornings used to be filled with kid friendly activities but now she can do what she likes...as long as it is free and the local Parkrun needs her timekeeping skills.
Retirement hits and dad has a vast amount of free time. Cycling used to be his thing but knees and other issues have stopped him from competing, but now he has time to train as an 'official' official.
For inspiration and signposts to volunteering opportunities click here and let the Sport and Recreation Alliance help you build your CV!
On Tuesday 5th June I attended the launch of the Sport and Recreation Alliances new central online tool to help local clubs and events connect with volunteers. The link is here.
Where would we be without volunteers?
The person doing the washing up on a Thursday afternoon after the Stroke Association meeting leaves the kitchen as spotless as they found it. Everything is in its proper place. If they didn't do this the cups would be left, the rubbish bin left over flowing so the next person would spend precious time clearing up. After a game at the local football club the players have a take away to celebrate their success (or drown their sorrows) - who empties the bin with their fish and chip wrappers and bags? Will the kitchen smell of kebabs and curry sauce be left to linger until someone opens a window and wipes down the surfaces with the kitchen cleaner and sponge left by the sink?
So, if you are feeling a bit lonely, get yourself dressed, put on clothes that make you feel good and confident and pop along to the local community club or church on coffee morning day and sit yourself down and introduce yourself to someone. Offer to do something you enjoy like knitting premature clothes for babies, weed the pavilion, water the hanging baskets, sort out the books or catalogue the photographs. You can be sure there are many jobs that need to be done and they might just be the very thing you enjoy and very soon your offer of time will make a difference. You will have a whole new set of friends, a purpose and something to look forward to other than the next episode of your favourite soap.
You never know...you might even help someone who is feeling the same loneliness that you felt.
Bone health is important and all forms of physical activity will help keep your bones fit for purpose and reduce the risk of falling.
At EXTEND I concentrate on leg strength, co ordination and balance and moving the joints to their fullest range of movement which includes stretching, reaching, big and small steps in all directions, knee and hip swings. Like my Medau class we use bean bags, clubs and hoops which add weight so making the muscles work just that bit harder. I try to make my class fun and friendly and while most of the exercises can be found on a physiotherapists exercise sheet the music and choreography makes it fun and enjoyable - more like a dance and less like rehab!
Medau class takes the apparatus work further. The hoops encourage a good stretch and full body movement, the club is a friendly weight and the balls are perfect for the shoulders and arms. Gymnastic ribbons tie us in knots and bean bags are great for hand eye co ordination. Chasing run away balls and rolling hoops the length of the hall gets the legs going and throwing a ball as high as you can gets the arms working.
Have you been inundated with emails asking you to review and accept privacy statements?
Is unsubscribing you new past time?
If it has been confusing for you then please spare a thought for the dance and movement instructors, sports coaches and volunteers who have been inundated with scare stories and emails from experts who want to sell us expensive GDPR compliance packages.
BUT, I have been lucky as EXTEND and Medau (and the EMD UK) are members of the Movement and Dance Division of the Sport and Recreation Alliance. The link to the M&D Members is here.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance provides 'advice, support and guidance to our members and the sector, who represent traditional governing bodies of games and sport, county sports partnerships, outdoor recreation, water pursuits, and movement and dance exercise.'
On March 19th 2018 Sport England commissioned the Sport and Recreation Alliance to lead a project to help the sector meet the legislative requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
They have worked tirelessly to create a pack of documents for its members.
If you belong to a sports club or organisation that is a member of the Sport and Recreation Alliance then you can access these documents to create your own GDPR package. Click here for the link to the member directory.
GDPR forms have been uploaded to various pages my web site. However, as people fill them out it becomes clear that they need to be tweaked - they need to be made a bit easier to read or people just need more room for their signature so before you print them out please refresh the page to make sure you have the most up to date version. Thank you.
I am not a bank or online shopping outlet nor am I a doctor but I hold information about the people who attend my classes.
Class participants who have already completed the Safe to Exercise Form will be given 'The Class Participant GDPR' document to sign. New class participants will be given the updated safe to exercise form which incorporates a Privacy Statement.
These polices will be reviewed and updated as necessary and required.
If you have any questions just email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my very best to explain it to you.
It feels a bit Pollyanna'ish, but one of the joys of doing what I do is bringing joy to others.
This morning the class was in fits of giggles as they could not get the simplest combinations of movements right and this afternoon I put on a (rather old) song and within a few seconds the hall was ringing with the voices of the ladies while they were singing as they were exercising.
You can not plan these moments, it is knowing your class members as people not clients and planning the class for them, but when special moments happen you want to bottle them and sneak a peep when the world feels dull and uninspiring.
If you have been to one of my classes you will have discovered that no 2 classes are the same. How is this possible?
At training days we all get together and experiment with new combinations of movements. EXTEND and Medau teachers are free to create their own lesson plans - we pick our own music and devise exercises and movements for the people who come to class.
This freedom means that you may find an EXTEND teacher with a very 'Strictly Ballroom' background, a teacher with a big ballet influence or low impact aerobics. With fall prevention and functional exercise at the core of EXTEND and free flowing movements in Medau there is something for everyone.
We have extensive playlists and pick tunes that our classes like (and can sing to) and have a multitude of combinations of movements tucked away.
So pop along and try something completely different and enjoy a new class each week!
It is so good to be back at class...I do miss the ladies as they tell me how many tissues I will need when I catch up on the Good Karma Hospital!
After a class last week, a lady came up to me and said 'I feel so happy, I hope it lasts a really long time'.
We are being bombarded with the message that exercise is good for your mental health and there is no doubt that many exercise and fitness providers are jumping on that band waggon.
EXTEND was founded in 1976 and its mission has always been to promote:
"gentle exercise to music for older people and for anyone of any age with a disability. Our mission is to promote health, increase mobility and independence, improve strength, co-ordination and balance and to counteract loneliness and isolation."
By making the class client based, by using music the class likes, by combining functional and physio based exercise so that the body is worked through its full range of movement and by being in a group with like minded people.
It isn't contrived, it has not been created to 'tick boxes' but evolved from good practice, sound knowledge and years of experience. As one of the first providers of exercise for the older person, EXTEND is great for rehab, pre-hab as well as being a traditional keep fit class for anyone who wants to 'keep fit'.
Happiness can not be bottled, but somehow it is part of every class, so call or email me if you want to try a bit of EXTEND (or Medau) happiness for free!
Exercise With Tracy
EXTEND Exercise and Medau Movement teacher. Keeping the muscles working, the joints mobile and having fun!