We're looking for volunteers to help people lose weight and be more active

We have received funding to support a project in Dundee and Glasgow to enable volunteers to support people living in the area to reduce their risk of developing bowel cancer by helping them to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Volunteers, known as Life Coaches on the project, will:

  • offer simple tips to local people to increase their physical activity
  • encourage them to sign up to nearby walking groups and leisure centres
  • give guidance on portion sizes and calories
  • set them attainable goals
  • be there to support, motivate and inspire them.

Volunteers with a background of coaching and counselling are preferred, but this can be informal experience, as well as an interest in physical activity and nutrition.

The ideal Life Coach will also have empathy for people with health challenges, can show tact and discretion, be enthusiastic and well-organised, and have the ability to maintain trusting relationships. Full training will be provided by the University of Dundee.

If you’re interested in becoming a Life Coach for the BeWEL project, or if you would like more information, please contact Ross Lamb, Health Promotion & Training Coordinator for Scotland, on ross.lamb@bowelcanceruk.org.uk or 0131 281 7353.