Volunteer – Training

Business seminarWe want to promote better mental health for all and to help people understand mental ill health too.

We do this through our training delivery to organisations by offering a variety of courses that raise awareness. We have delivered training for staff in the public sector, the NHS, private businesses and at the university.

Our courses have usually been designed by the training team using some of our lived experiences to provide insight to others about how to live with and recover from mental ill health.

What will I do?

There may be some variation to this list as each activity will be slightly different.

  • Use own mental health experiences, and that of the team, to inform and plan training sessions for different organisations
  • Help to set up the room, equipment and anything else needed for the training activities
  • Greet people as they arrive, organise refreshments
  • Listen and talk to individuals attending the courses/activities
  • Present information to groups of people using various methods
  • Encourage participants to carry out tasks in small groups and where necessary challenge misunderstandings and stigma about mental health
  • Help to clear away at the end of the session
  • Review training materials based on participants’ feedback

What skills, qualities or experience will I need?

  • We welcome people who have their own lived experience of mental distress who can be open about their own experiences whilst maintaining boundaries
  • An ability to listen to others and communicate well with a wide range of people is essential to build rapport with course participants
  • An understanding of the stigma and discrimination people with mental health issues face in their everyday lives
  • Confident to meet new people and travel to new places
  • An ability to present information to others in a variety of ways
  • Able to work with other team members to deliver training
  • An ability to take responsibility for own wellbeing and seek support when needed
  • A willingness to attend any training that might be required, also support and supervision sessions on a regular basis
  • You will be expected to follow our policies and procedures such as our confidentiality policy and our health and safety procedures.

How much time will I give?

Training FlipchartThere is no set pattern for our courses in terms of frequency or length so we will negotiate with you what you feel is manageable. We recognise that you will have appointments, holidays and other commitments so we can be flexible, but we do ask that you let us know well in advance if you cannot attend so we can put plans in place.

When you come for your initial discussion with us we will ask you which days and times are best for you and will do our best to accommodate you within the confines of our timetable.

What can I expect from Dudley Mind?

We really value our volunteers and want to make your volunteering experience with us a positive one so we will provide the following:

  • A named person for you to work alongside
  • Training about mental health – usually the nationally recognised Mental Health First Aid course
  • Other training relevant to your activity e.g. using powerpoint
  • An induction including an introduction to the policies and procedures we will expect you to follow
  • Regular support and supervision sessions where you can discuss any concerns you might have
  • Access to any newsletters or e-bulletins we provide to keep you up to date
  • A safe and inclusive space to volunteer
  • A friendly welcome from the rest of the team
  • Out of pocket expenses within our agreed guidelines
  • We can also provide a reference for you if you have been volunteering with us for more than 6 months

What do I do next?

Please fill out the application form below telling us about your skills, knowledge and experience, and also the Equal Opportunities form which will remain anonymous and is used for evaluation purposes only.

Return it to us and we will invite you in for a discussion about what we do and what you would like to offer.

As we work with vulnerable adults if you are accepted as a volunteer we will ask you to complete a DBS check before you can start to work alongside individuals who are attending our activities. We will also ask for references from the people you have nominated on your form.

If we do not have capacity at this moment in time to take any more volunteers we will let you know when we receive your application form and keep your details on file for 6 months.

Volunteer Application Form