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On these pages you will find details of various funding opportunities from local to national organisations. We can support and advise you on how best to write a funding bid, so please get in touch. Here you will also find support information on Safeguarding from both NSPCC and Ann Craft Trust along with general advice for coaches, clubs and organisations from Club Matters and UK Coaching.

Use our funding A-Z to find out more about the huge range of funding sources available in Wiltshire & Swindon
Supporting clubs and community organisations to tackle inactivity and inequality of opportunity to be active.
Our bursary scheme supports volunteers to get the training they need, upskilling our county's workforce
Provides support, learning and guidance on all aspects of running a club whatever the size
UK Coaching provide support and training for sports coaches
CPSU work to build the capacity of sports to safeguard children and young people in and through sport
Ann Craft Trust supports organisations to safeguard disabled children and adults at risk and minimise the risk of harm

Heather OsakHeather Osak been volunteering as a leader at the Wiltshire Age UK Fitness and Friendship club based in Calne, Wiltshire. Heather has held voluntary roles in the past as an Age Concern befriender for about 2-3 yrs which involved her looking after an elderly lady. She would go to her home and keep her company, make sure she was ok and took her out on day trips.

Heather has always had an interest in sport and fitness and used to be a Volleyball instructor when she was in the Forces. She decided to become more involved in working with people and was interested to use sport and fitness of a way to do this.

As a social person she gets great satisfaction from the role and enjoys seeing people achieve their goals with a smile.

One of the challenges Heather has found is making sure her sessions are suitable for variety of people and their various physical differences. She has had to learn a lot about the different types of disability and how to make sure people exercise safely.

Heather finds that volunteering as a leader is very rewarding and as she loves meeting new people and making them smile, it gives her much pleasure.

The Low Impact Functional Training course Heather attended before becoming a leader for Age UK enabled her to learn many new skills, including lesson planning, timings and teaching activities for the appropriate level for all to enjoy. She has enjoyed learning new exercises and how to use new equipment like resistance bands.

The Fitness and Friendship Clubs provide not only a chance to socialise but to be more physically active, which helps many older people become more mobile and increase their confidence. If Heather hadn’t taken on the lead volunteer role the class would have come to an end.

Heather would recommend volunteering to friends and family and is often telling people how rewarding she finds it. Its great to see people enjoying themselves and smiling throughout the sessions. It is also a great benefit to the community.

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