Dancing with Parkinson's Volunteer

Organization Details
Organization Name: U-Turn Parkinson's
Address: 525 Beresford Ave.
Winnipeg MB  R3L 1J4
Website: https://uturnparkinsons.org/
Organizational Description: U-Turn Parkinson's seeks to empower those living with Parkinson's in their pursuit of wellness. We are committed to supporting them through a holistic approach, and see wellness as an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward a more successful existence.

We aim to inspire, inform and provide the tools needed to improve one's quality of life. We do this by offering various classes that include boxing, yoga, aerobics, singing, support groups, educational sessions and special events. We are always looking for new ways to continually fight back against this disease.

We see wellness having 6 focuses: intellectual, occupational, spiritual, physical, social and emotional. At U-Turn Parkinson's we aim to provide the tools for the person living with Parkinson's to pursue wellness in each of these categories.

U-Turn Parkinson's is a Canadian charity (Registration #775822927) committed to helping individuals live their best in spite of Parkinson's. We rely solely on the donations from individuals, foundations and corporations to fund our mission.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 4968
Description of Duties:

At U-Turn Parkinson's, we are dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals living with Parkinson's disease through various exercise and wellness-based programs. Our "Dancing with Parkinson's" program provides a supportive and joyful environment where participants can improve their physical and emotional well-being while fostering a sense of community.
We are seeking enthusiastic and compassionate volunteers to join our U-Crew and to support our Dancing with Parkinson's class. As a volunteer, you will play a crucial role in assisting our experienced dance instructor and ensuring that participants have a positive and enriching experience. Your presence will help create a warm and inclusive atmosphere that encourages participants to explore the benefits of movement.
Key Responsibilities:
- Assist instructors in setting up the class and preparing materials before each class.
- Greet and welcome participants as they arrive, creating a friendly and inviting environment.
- Provide one-on-one assistance to participants who may need extra support during dance activities.
- Engage with participants, offering encouragement and assistance as needed, while respecting individual abilities and limitations.
- Help maintain a safe and clean dance space by organizing equipment and ensuring proper sanitation measures are followed.
- Participate in occasional team meetings to discuss class improvements and share insights.

Skills Required:


- Passion for making a positive impact on the lives of individuals with Parkinson's disease.
- Friendly, empathetic, and patient demeanor.
- Interest in dance, movement, or related fields is a plus but not required.
- Reliable and punctual with excellent communication skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively with instructors, fellow volunteers, and participants.

Skills Gained/Related Careers:

- Gain insight into the therapeutic benefits of dance for Parkinson's disease.
- Develop meaningful connections with participants and fellow volunteers.
- Build communication and interpersonal skills through interactions with diverse individuals.
- Receive training and support from experienced dance instructors and program coordinators.

Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:

Tuesdays, 11:00-12:30PM

Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Fulfilling volunteer hours for school credit
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Certificate of recognition
Special recognition events
How to Apply: Email: info@uturnpd.org
Closing Date: Sep 30, 2024
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