Imagine not being able to move, sleep, or smile. Feeling anxious or depressed and struggling to think or remember. Your body not feeling like your own. This is what Parkinson's can feel like.
Every hour, two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson's - a brain condition that turns lives upside down, leaving a future full of uncertainty.
Parkinson’s UK is an ambitious and dynamic charity, passionate about improving the lives of everyone affected by Parkinson’s and finding better treatments and a cure.
You could be part of helping us achieve this.
About the role
We are looking for an inspiring and creative Project Engagement Officer, who will support the delivery of our Sport England funded Parkinson’s Power project by engaging with inactive people with Parkinson’s aged 55+ to help them become and stay more physically active.
Joining our project team, you will build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, help people with Parkinson’s access appealing ways in which to become physically active and increase our engagement with people and communities who do not traditionally access our support.
What you’ll do
You’ll play a key role in creatively delivering the engagement pilot work of the Parkinson’s Power project that will test new approaches to engaging inactive people with Parkinson’s in sustained physical activity, which can have significant benefits to their physical and mental wellbeing.
Build strong and effective personalised relationships with people with Parkinson’s and their supporters, healthcare professionals and physical activity providers and other partners
Identify and creatively engage with inactive people with Parkinson’s aged 55+ to help them become and stay active
Build support in our pilot locations to help deliver opportunities to become physically active that are attractive and attainable for inactive people with Parkinson’s aged 55+
What you’ll bring
The ideal candidate will have:
Excellent inter-personal and communication skills and the ability to engage with and enthuse a wide range of people and audiences
The ability to plan and prioritise workload, excellent time management skills and proven project delivery experience
Experience of successful and creative community engagement with diverse and underserved groups
If you think you could help us, we would love to hear from you.
Closing date: 18th December 2018
Interview date: 3rd January 2019
Candidates must live within the North-East of England as this is the pilot region for this role.
Please note: This role will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you don't have a current DBS check, you will be required to apply for one; refusal to do so will result in the offer being withdrawn. The successful candidate will also be required to provide their own broadband service with a minimum download speed of 2Mb