Volunteer Training

All volunteers receive training and orientation to ensure you feel prepared for your first shift at The Steadward Centre! Depending on the program area you will be working in, you may be directed to the following training sessions.

General Volunteer Orientation

An introductory, online module that will prepare you for working with participants in a fitness setting. This module takes about 60 to 90 minutes to work through asynchronously and covers the following topics:

  • The Steadward Centre Overview
  • Volunteer Scope of Practice
  • Components of an Exercise Program & Assisted Stretching
  • Exercise Technique Checklist
  • Contraindications to Exercise
  • Motivation and Communication

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Training

To volunteer in the FES Assisted Exercise program, volunteers will be required to attend specific FES training.

Currently, volunteers engage in a 1-2 hour training with staff (outside of the general volunteer orientation) that relates specifically to the FES program. This session covers topics like:

  • FES description
  • The volunteer role in the FES program
  • What contraindications are pertinent to FES
  • How to complete FES participant set up
  • Participant program storage system and location