Volunteer Training Sessions

volunteerWe are about to start some training for potential new volunteers.
We have various roles for volunteers in most of our groups. You can see the full list of groups on this page here: https://headwayglasgow.wordpress.com/activities-general/
At the bottom of this post I will include a example role description for volunteers in the Monday or Wednesday Group.
The three sessions of volunteer training are planned for:
  • Tuesday 11th July at 6pm Topic: Brain Injury Awareness
  • Tuesday 18th July at 6pm Topic: Epilepsy, Health and Safety
  • Tuesday 25th July at 6pm Topic: Boundaries and Volunteering

The sessions will last between 1.5-2 hours and the venue is Headway Glasgow’s office: The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street ,Glasgow.

Once you have completed the training sessions we would aim to complete the rest of the recruitment (an application form and 2 references), and then hopefully get you started with volunteering.

We will have a certificate prepared for anyone who completes the volunteer training with us.
If you are interested in attending the training to become a group volunteer please contact Simon@headwayglasgow.org

Example Role Description

Volunteer Role Description- Brain Injury Group Work Volunteer

Task:              To meet with people in Headway Glasgow, build trusting relationships, and encourage them to interact socially (e.g. talking with people, playing games, running a relaxation session)

Hours:            Around 4 Hours each week.

Location:       At Headway Glasgow activities (normally Renfield St Stephen’s Church Centre but may be elsewhere.)

Responsible to:  Simon Glen, Project Co-ordinator.

Training:        Induction on the key aspects of Health and Safety.

Ongoing Training on relevant topics.

Expenses:    Out of pocket expenses paid, plus travelling expenses or mileage rate.

Support and Supervision:  Will be provided regularly and as required.

Key Skills:     Outgoing nature, interest in other people, ability to listen, sensitivity.

The group sessions currently run on two days- Monday and Wednesday afternoons 1.30-4pm. The key tasks of the group are:

  • Preparation– preparing an activity for the group (usually agreed beforehand)
  • Setting up– moving the furniture around, getting signs up, bringing tea and coffee out, distributing information leaflets (if needed).
  • Welcoming– saying hello to people, catching up with them, making any new people feel at ease by including them in discussions or activity.
  • Running Activities– group activities, group games, one to one games, tournaments, quizzes, discussions, newsletter, planning etc.
  • Following up– following up things that people are interested in (getting information, making contact with someone about a service, pointing people in the right direction).
  • One to one contact– There will be regular one to one contact with you and service users as you build trusting relationships with people.
  • Saying Cheerio– almost as important as welcoming- making sure you say cheerio and maybe finding out when the person is in next, what plans they have before the next session.
  • Tidying up– furniture, leaflets, games, tea and coffee, making a note of anything that needs to be done.
  • Feedback– take time to say how you felt about the drop in group, and get feedback on how you were from others.