Volunteer position on the Move for Life study

Volunteer position on the Move for Life study at the University of Limerick, Ireland

(available from August 2018 to March 2019)

‘MoveforLife’: An evaluation of a peer mentoring intervention designed to cascade and consequently up-scale existing programmes to help inactive 50+ become more active.

A multidisciplinary team of researchers, practitioners and policy makers are undertaking research to increase population levels of physical activity in Ireland. The team, being led by Professor Catherine Woods from the University of Limerick, brings together expertise from sport and exercise science, health, psychology, implementation science and the community. The University of Limerick, the National University of Ireland Galway, Limerick and Clare Local Sports Partnerships, Age and Opportunity, Limerick City and County Council, Healthy Limerick and the Health Services Executive are all combining forces to tackle this complex challenge. Our vision is that adults 50+ will live a more active and healthy lifestyle as a result of being part of MoveforLife (MfL). The research was funded as part of the Health and Positive Aging Initiative (HaPAI) by the HSE, Healthy Ireland, Atlantic Philanthropies and the Department of Health.

This is an opportunity for individuals to volunteer on the Move for Life study, and work with faculty across PESS, the School of Allied Health, Psychology and the Graduate Entry Medical School. In addition, you will receive first-hand experience of working with the Local Sports Partnerships, with Healthy Ireland and the Health Services Executive as part of the project. The volunteer positions will allow individuals to experience working on a national research project that entails collecting and processing data on physical activity levels and its determinants in older adults. In addition, you will receive first-hand experience of running a research project. You will also have the opportunity to explore further your interest and disposition to postgraduate study and / or to consider working in a university setting.

We are searching for volunteers to complete and commit to a minimum of 30 hours work on set testing days between August 2018 and May 2019. Volunteers will receive excellent training and first-hand experience of a broad range of research skills and will be provided with a certificate of evidence of your volunteer role for you to use in your CV. Applications should clearly state the interest, skills and capabilities of the candidate wishing to engage with the MFL study. Spaces are limited for volunteers, applicants are advised to apply early. Applications and enquiries should be submitted electronically to Ms. Chloe Forte (Chloe.forte@ul.ie).
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