Breathe Arts Health Research – Magic Trainer (Breathe Magic Programme)

Details of the Charity:

Breathe’s mission is to turn fresh ideas and creativity into practical change for the better. What makes us unique is the way we collaborate equally across the three sectors of arts, health and science, working with the very best people in each field.

We are delighted to be one of the first companies with its roots in arts-in-health to be recognised by organisations such as NHS England for our work. We want to keep breaking new ground within healthcare not just for the sake of our clients, but also to bring about opportunities for other forward-thinking organisations, and change across the entire healthcare sector.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

As a Magic Trainer for the Breathe Magic Programme, you will:

  • Work with young people with hemiplegia in a 1-to-1 setting to help support and develop their hand arm bimanual motor learning and hand function while the young people learn magic tricks
  • Support other bi-manual activities throughout the day including – costume design, circus tricks and lunch/snack preparation
  • Support development of confidence, self-esteem, and independence of young people
  • Help complete clinical note files on young people progress
  • Help with set-up and break-down of activities

Breathe Camps run from 9:30am to 5pm near Elephant & Castle and you must be able to commit to at least 4 of 10 total days.

You must attend a one-day training course. Content includes an overview of childhood hemiplegia; the principles of motor learning theory and current evidence base; specific clinical applications within the Breathe Magic Programme; information about the structure and ethos of the camp and other relevant aspects to fully prepare for the role.

List of all the training dates and Breathe Camps can be found below.

Skills required:

  • DBS check needed – provided free of charge by Brunel Volunteers
  • Must be qualified or students in the fields of Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Speech & Language Therapy or Physiotherapy
  • Experience working with children and/or neurological conditions – either voluntarily through paid employment, or from previous student practice placements
  • An interest in creative arts and an understanding of how they can improve healthcare is also an advantage

Additional benefits to the Volunteer:

  • Small amount of bursary to support travel costs of those travelling from outside of London
  • Certificate of completion of programme for volunteers who complete 5 or more days of the programme
  • Volunteering activity will be recorded on your H.E.A.R transcript which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours will contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony.

Interested? Apply now!

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