Skills for Volunteers - Improving Health and Well-Being

Are your volunteers involved in improving health and wellbeing?  Many people volunteer to help improve the health and well-being of others in the community. Whether it is with older people, people with disabilities or children and young people –volunteers provide vital services that can improve long term health. 
In these roles, volunteers bring life experience, information, connections and an open mind. Local people know only too well the barriers faced by their communities and the inequalities experienced by them. Understanding what factors can impact on one’s health and being able to help people address them mean that there will be key skills and knowledge that volunteers need to be effective when working in the wider health field.
Community Development and Health Network has developed this one day accredited programme to help volunteers to understand the factors which affect well-being and be able to demonstrate effective ways to support their communities on issues of health and well-being.  Working in partnership with Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd, this course can be offered to organisations in a range of settings. Skills for Volunteers – Improving Wellbeing will give volunteers the information, support and confidence for effective volunteering roles in health. It is accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) at Level 1.
1. Participants will be introduced to the social model of health and learn about factors that affect health both directly and indirectly.
2. Participants will be challenged to explore their personal values and to reflect on what qualities and resources they bring to their volunteering role.
3. Participants will be introduced to the values and principles of community development.
4. Participants will feel confident to use their knowledge and life experience when volunteering.