We have a passion for helping people become more active. But we also understand that it can be really tough to take that first step on your own. So we have a team of volunteer supporters available to offer you a helping hand to get started. This is our In the Pink support scheme.
‘In the pink’ means in very good health and spirits. And our In the Pink scheme aims to help people feel healthier and happier through physical activity. It is a short programme of support for anyone who feels they need a little extra help to access their local Fitmums & Friends club and be more active. The support is provided by a volunteer supporter who will attend three club sessions with a participant, introducing them to the club and being a buddy at those first sessions. Following this initial support, we hope that the participant will feel confident and able to continue attending club sessions on their own.
In the Pink is for anyone, male or female, aged 16+, who feels they need a helping hand to become more active. You do not need to be a Fitmums & Friends member or fit already. You might be new to exercise or maybe you have lost your mojo and need a hand to find it again! Some examples of the difficulties facing an In the Pink participant include:
Our volunteer supporters are members of Fitmums & Friends who understand exactly how it feels to come to a club session for the first time and who have empathy with how that might feel for you. They have undertaken specific training for the role, including safeguarding training. All have a DBS disclosure and are supported in their role by our Overarching Welfare Leads. As members of Fitmums & Friends, they understand the strong ethos of support which is embedded in all our groups. They are passionate and enthusiastic about offering this support to those who need it. Please be aware that our volunteer supporters are not counsellors or therapists; their role is simply to encourage and support individuals to be more active.
There is no cost to take part in the In the Pink programme. If, after the three supported sessions, you wish to join Fitmums & Friends, current membership fees apply. If finances are a barrier for you, please chat with your volunteer supporter about the ways in which the club might be able to help. We don’t want finances to stop anyone being more active with us.
We want to find out whether the support we offer is helping people and whether it makes you feel better. For this reason, you will be asked to complete a mood validation questionnaire at the beginning and end of the programme. We will also ask you to complete an evaluation form. This information is invaluable to us as it allows us to measure and demonstrate the impact of the scheme and ensure it continues. You can be reassured that all data is used anonymously.
Volunteer supporters cannot offer lifts to venues. They will meet you there. This is because we want your participation to be something that you can continue in the long term, so you need to be able to get to venues independently.
If you feel that you don’t need this level of support, but you would still appreciate something, then we can:
To sign up for In the Pink support, please complete the Request for Support form. If someone else is referring you, they must have your consent to do so.
If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact our programme coordinator at email@example.com.
If you would like to help spread the word about In the Pink support, please share the flyer attached.
If you are an In the Pink participant and would like to complete your evaluation form online, please click here.