Changes Health & Wellbeing - Recruitment
People volunteer their time to Changes for a number of reasons. It could be that someone has used the service, and want to give something back and to help others. For some it is a way to build self-confidence and self-esteem; as well as a way to get to meet other people. For others it is a way to feel like they are contributing to their local community – making a difference for the better, or simply to expand their own experiences. Volunteering improves your skills and employability as well.
Whatever the reason, volunteers are an invaluable part of the work that Changes does. Whether it is service delivery, office support, PR or cleaning - Changes could not operate without volunteers. Follow the links below to find out more about the volunteering roles available.
If you are interested in volunteering, please follow the links below for the contact details of the Wellness Centre closest to you.
Stoke including Newcastle & Staffs Moorlands.
All of our volunteers that contribute to service delivery have completed Changes’ accredited training course. The course runs twice a year from each of our Wellness Centres, and is accredited to levels 2 and 3 by The Open College Network West Midlands.
Each Wellness Centre will run the course at different times, but the content of the course is the same:
The Coordinator Training Programme – Course Outline
• Accredited with the Open College Network (OCNWM) at Levels 2 and 3
• Certificates and training are provided FREE
• Travel expenses and a limited child care allowance may be claimed
• Full support given
Training Programme and Course Outline:
• 17 x 2.5 hour Training Sessions structured into 4 Units (see below)
• 35 attendances comprising of a mixture of Peer Support Groups and
• 4 x End of Unit Reviews
• Training Evidence Portfolio
Unit 1: Organisation Structure and Philosophy
(Level 2: 6 Credits)
1:1 Organisation Philosophy, Aims and Objectives
1:2 Organisation Structure, Services and Roles
1:3 The Roles of the Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator
1:4 The Importance of Confidentiality
Unit 2: Meeting and Coordinator Skills / Knowledge
(Level 2: 6 Credits)
2:1 Meeting Protocol, Agenda and the Recovery Programme
2:2 Monitoring, Review and Evaluation
2:3 Health & Safety
2:4 Types of Mental Health Problems
2:5 A Recovery Programme Approach to Mental Health
Unit 3: Practical Meeting Skills (Level 3: 3 Credits)
3:1 Assertiveness Skills
3:2 Motivation Skills
3:3 Interpersonal Skills
3:4 People and Group Management Skills
Unit 4: Practical Applications of Coordinator Skills /
Knowledge (Level 3: 6 Credits)
4:1 Applying the Recovery Programme
4:2 (a) Treatments for Mental Health Problems
(b) Offering Signposting Advice
4:3 Medication for Mental Health Problems
4:4 (a) User Protection Guidelines Practice
(b) Coordinator Skills / Knowledge Practice
Before each run of the course, there will be an Open Day where you can find out more about the course, it’s benefits to you, and the commitment required.