Running buddy (Social Lights)


We are looking for a volunteer running buddy to support a client who has been referred to the Social Lights project. This client is passionate about running and preferably would like to join a running club. He has anxiety and his fitness has declined in recent years due to his health, which he is looking to slowly build back up. He would like a volunteer to support him to attend a running club or go for local runs, who is understanding of his anxiety and mental health difficulties. This will likely be on evenings (from 5pm), once per week, for around 6-12 weeks depending on the clients progress. This however is a flexible opportunity and volunteers can work around their current schedule and capacity.

Social Lights a volunteering scheme designed to support people who are in receipt of Adult Social Care through Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. We want everyone to feel empowered and able to reach personal goals and follow interests, whoever they may be. Social Lights allows people access to additional support from our friendly, fully trained volunteers to encourage and enable people to thrive in their community, through groups or activities, and build self-confidence along the way.

We don’t require any qualifications or experience for this role and we will provide full training. Whether you are looking for experience in Adult Social Care for future career prospects, or you simple enjoy supporting people to thrive in their community, you can get involved.

Adult social care, health, fitness

  • Meet with the client on a schedule decided by both volunteer and client to go for runs or assist the client to attend a local running club.
  • Be understanding of the clients anxiety and mental health struggles.
  • Complete Catalyst training and DBS check (provided by Catalyst at no cost).

  • Ability to support, encourage and enable others to fulfil tasks and activities
  • An understanding of challenges and barriers that people who use the service may face would be useful but not essential

  • Friendly, respectful and non-judgemental attitude
  • Reliable, trustworthy and proactive. Please note the volunteer must be 18 + years as this role involves supporting an adult.


Catalyst will provide necessary training and 1-1 support throughout your voluntary service, including:

  • DBS check
  • Training
  • Paid expenses (including travel and out of pocket)

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