Skills for Health Volunteers

Ref: C3671837

This course provides an introduction to volunteering. It covers the essential skills such as communication, time management and assertiveness as well as an overview of key policies including health and safety and equality and diversity.

Course aim

This course provides an introduction to volunteering and covers the essential skills and knowledge required. It includes finding a voluntary opportunity and key policies and procedures.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Define the role of a volunteer and the essential skills, knowledge and qualities required
  • Assess my own communication skills and be able to identify at least one area for improvement
  • Describe the key policies and procedures related to volunteering and be able to apply them in practice
  • Deal with difficult situations in a confident and assertive manner referring to policies and procedures related to safeguarding, health and safety, confidentiality and PREVENT
  • identify and apply for volunteering opportunities and be prepared to be interviewed

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 may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to reflect on what you have learned between sessions and be prepared to share your reflections and any improved practice

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
  • 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
  • The tutor will provide both written and verbal feedback on group and individual progress and achievement

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you could bring pen, paper and a folder for handouts

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
  • 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 Health Volunteers Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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