Life & Soul Programme- Volunteer Training

Course Category:
Health and Wellbeing

Please note: This course is aimed at sheltered housing and independent living organisations. The event is designed to take place at your organisation. This course runs over two half days. *The date of the second half day is the 27th November, 1pm - 4pm. 


Course charge total: £495

The Maximum number of participants is dependent on the size of the training room to be used within the Independent Living organisation.

*Please note, although there are dates specified, the course can go ahead on other dates if needed.

Travel costs may be incurred dependent on the location of the training. 

To book this course to take place at your Sheltered housing/independent living venue, you can: phone us on 01392 248919 or email

Course Description

Life and Soul volunteer training will enable residents of sheltered housing and independent living to become peer volunteers, who will support their fellow residents to undertake social activities.

It can be difficult to find the motivation to become active and engage in social situations, particularly in later life, where you may feel more isolated then others. With a helping hand; improving health and wellbeing can be a much easier and enjoyable process.

With this training, you will be provided with the skills that will allow you to become that much needed ‘helping hand’. The training will develop knowledge around the ‘Life and Soul’ initiative, providing you with the confidence and tools to engage with and organise activities for residents that will focus on:

  • Improving activity levels through enjoyable activities
  • Providing residents with opportunities to enjoy healthy meals in a social setting; helping to improve mental wellbeing
  • Providing social opportunities for residents to engage in.
  • Improving  overall mental and physical wellbeing

Becoming a peer volunteer for the Life and Soul initiative will affect your fellow residents in such a positive  way. It will allow them to see more of a friendly face whilst receiving the support they need to take part in a wide range of beneficial activities, whilst creating new friendships.

If you want to positively contribute to  your peers experience of later life, whilst learning new skills and socialising with other volunteers, then please do come along to this training!

Aims and objectives

By the end of this training course, volunteers should:

  • Understand the aims and three key components of Life and Soul (physical activity, nutrition and mental wellbeing) 
  • Understand the role and responsibilities and limits of a Life and Soul volunteer
  • Be able to explain how to engage their fellow residents in staying active 
  • Understand how to deal with some of the barriers to engaging that they may encounter 
  • Have a basic understanding of diversity and equality issues as they affect their volunteering role
  • Gain a greater understanding of the support available to underpin their volunteering activity
  • Understand any organisational policies or procedures that affect their role of volunteer
  • Have devised a plan to get started 



Trish Warren, Active in Later Life Manager and Qualified Trainer

Trish is a qualified Fitness Instructor, ASA swimming coach and accredited Trainer (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) and has worked for Age UK Devon for since 2008. Trish has delivered many training courses throughout Devon, including workshops and presentations in a comprehensive range of subjects.

With a vast amount of experience in the delivery of training, Trish is able to provide interactive and engaging training to suit different learning styles.


Please let Support Services know if there is anything that would affect your learning and if there is anything we can do to enable you to fully participate in our courses and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Call Support Services on 01392 248919 or email

To book this course to take place at your Sheltered housing/independent living venue, you can: phone us on 01392 248919 or email