Skills for Volunteers

Ref: C3671767

An inspirational course which will help you to develop your skills and understanding to be a more confident and effective volunteer. The course will focus on developing key skills including communication and interpersonal skills, team work, assertiveness, stress management and inclusive practice. We will explore the role of the volunteer and find out about local volunteering opportunities.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

The course will develop your skills, knowledge and confidence to be an effective volunteer. It provides the opportunity to explore and prepare for local volunteering opportunities.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Say how your personal skills, strengths and interests can be used when working as a volunteer
  • Identify local volunteering opportunities
  • Explain some of the roles and responsibilities of a volunteer
  • State 3 ways to improve communication skills
  • Demonstrate improved confidence and skills relevant to volunteering. You will gain a Certificate of Achievement on successfully completing the course.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • All course hand outs are provided. Please bring a note pad, pen and folder to keep your work in.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Skills for Volunteers Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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