Watch Your Head - Workshop Volunteer

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Organisation Name

Watch Your Head

Organisation Overview

Watch Your Head is a student led project with the support of Go Volunteer. The aim is to create student-led wellbeing workshops with a focus on stress and time management as these are crucial to students’ mental health. The workshops would be delivered to other Newcastle University students who will hopefully benefit from these. Furthermore, it also opens up volunteer opportunities for students who are unable to get some sort of work experience in the mental health sector.

Role Title

Workshop Supervisor

Responsible for

There are 3 types of workshops which you can volunteer for. You will only be leading one of the three types of workshops. Please specify which of the workshops you are most interested in leading. If you are happy to lead any of the workshops, we will allocate one to you. However, if you are not sure on which workshop you are most interested in leading, there will be two drop in sessions the weeks commencing 2nd and 9th October where you can find out more about the workshops and the role. Dates, times and location to be confirmed.

Time management workshops titled: ‘Manage The Mundane’ (how best to schedule your life in order to manage your time effectively) and ‘Power Through Procrastination’ (delves a little deeper into time management and how not to procrastinate).

Stress management workshops titled: ‘Harness Your Stress’ (the basics of stress and how to deal with it before it gets to over stress) and ‘Snooze You Lose’ (sleep hygiene workshop).

Stress Relief workshops titled: ‘Best to Destress’ (basically workshops consisting of stress relief activities e.g. colouring, popping bubble wrap, playing with play doh etc). These workshops are different to the prior two as they will not be informative and simply provide a space for people to sit down, relax and take part in a stress relief activity.

Summary of role

Your role will consist of delivering workshops to a group of students. This is not a therapy role so you will not be required to give mental health guidance to students. The aim is to inform and provide students with the skills which they can take home and use to help with their wellbeing.

The workshop material will already be constructed for you, you will just need to learn the presentation and deliver it to a group.

You will be working as a pair so that you support each other in the workshops. The workshops will consist of a small overview of the topic, then an interactive task with the group, and then a conclusion. The group may have a couple of questions regarding the topic therefore reading up on the topic is recommended.

Description of tasks

Attending the mandatory training session   

Being present at the initial and termly review meetings

Learning the workshop material to deliver to group

Reading up on the topic to get more insight

Presenting the topic, as a pair, to a group

Time commitment

The workshops will be one hour long and there will be two per term. The workshops will be repeated in term two. They will be run on Thursdays, 6-7pm.

The exact dates will be confirmed closer to the time.

Skills and qualifications

Outgoing, friendly and proactive character

Have an understanding and approachable nature

Ability to converse well with native speakers and good communication skills

Be comfortable with presenting to a small group

Ability to work as a pair to lead the workshops as well as within the Watch Your Head team

Being able to use initiative and be adaptable within the workshops

Training and Support

There will be a training run by Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a mental health organisation who run training for people working within the mental health sector.

This is a mandatory training session as it is important that you are well informed about the boundaries of providing support to other students as well as providing you with the skills needed to deliver the workshops.

The training will consist of an overall wellbeing training session incorporating stress management and resilience. As well as strategies and tips for delivering workshops; including setting ground rules.

The training will be run on 16th October 2017, 4-8pm with a dinner break. If you are unable to attend the training session, unfortunately you will not be able to apply for this role.

 

Benefits to volunteer

 

The opportunity to develop new and existing skills

Enhance presenting and teaching skills

Opportunity to meet new people

Gain work experience within mental health

Working within a team of volunteers

Able to apply to NCL+ award

Contact information

Contact Phil at govolunteer.union@newcastle.ac.uk for an application form for this role.

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