Volunteering helps to give people structure and meaning to their day. It also gives them knowledge, skills and promotes their self confidence and self esteem. It may also help them achieve employment in the future. As part of our commitment to people's recovery and well-being, we are developing a student volunteer programme. The programme enables people with lived experience of mental health issues, and their carers, to gain knoweldge and skills to help them become volunteers. Students will be offered courses around specific volunteering skill-sets e.g. telephone skills, chairing meetings and then be offered opportunities to gain experience in the College. They can then develop their skills to be used to support future applications for volunteering in the Trust or in their local communities.
What roles are available?
We have developed a number of opportunities to help people increase their knowledge, skills and experience, helping them to achieve their goals. Our student volunteer roles are flexible and include a variety of experiences including:
- Meet and Greet
- Marketing and communications
- Peer support
The emphasis in on how the College can help the person achieve their goals as a volunteer rather than what the volunteer can offer the College as an organisation .
What will I do as a student volunteer?
Roles will enable people to develop skills in a safe secure and supportive environment. For example, Our Meeter Greeter role helps to support people arriving at the college feel welcome and our marketing and communications role will assist us in looking after our website, facebook page and other social media.
Opportunities will be linked to individual learning plans and regular reviews will be completed to make sure you are getting the most out of your time with us. All our volunteers will sign a volunteer code of conduct helping to promote the well-being and safety of everyone who uses the college.
Will I receive expenses as a volunteer?
From 1st January 2016, all volunteers will receive the equivalent of a daysaver bus pass to meet their travel expenditures. This is in line with our local and national voluntary agency partners. This promotes equity across volunteering organisations. It also promotes peoples independent travel, essential to any long term aspirations for engaging in community activities.
Your information will be kept confidential on the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Information system in line with the Trust confidentiality processes for the purpose of the Recovery College. It will not be shared without your permission. Your details will be added to the college database.