The Help Your Health Programme
be eligible, volunteers should live or study in the borough, and have a
‘long-term health condition’. This is broadly defined, and includes both
physical and mental health conditions. Also ‘hidden’ conditions such
as dyslexia and dyspraxia. The volunteer should have had the condition for at
least a year, or be expected to have it for at least a year.
placements offered to volunteers through this programme are different to most offered through the Volunteer Centre. These roles are short-term (8-12 weeks)
and intensive (2-3 days a week), with a full structured package of support from
both Volunteer Centre and the organisation offering the volunteering
will need to complete either 2 days (or half days) of volunteering each week.
The number of hours can be agreed with the organisation providing the placement.
How we support volunteers on the Help Your Health Volunteering programme with our Ten Steps To Success
1 - We talk to our volunteers and find out what they would like to do and what support they will need.
2 - We provide them with the training they need to prepare them for their role.
3 - We give them the information they need and help them choose a placement.
4 - We support them to visit the placements they are interested in.
5 - We help them fill in any forms you need.
6 - We help them learn how to travel to their placement.
7 - We work with them one to one in their volunteering role, until they are confident to
continue on their own.
8 - We support their volunteer placement and teach them the best way to work with you.
9 - We keep in touch to make sure everything is going well for them.
10 - We involve them in making decisions about our service.
The aim is to enable volunteers to develop skills, confidence and self-esteem, perhaps as a ladder into employment. By the end of the placement the volunteer (who may well have been out of employment for a long time) will be in a much stronger position to seek paid employment.
Volunteers will benefit by keeping pro-active volunteering in fields in which they have an interest. This helps them continually develop and keeps their interests alive, while creating new and positive experiences for themselves.
Volunteers have the opportunity to meet new people, build new networks and grow their self-confidence. Volunteers will gain rewards and recognition by receiving a Certificate of Volunteering Achievement and be offered training in employability topics.
organisations can benefit immensely from recruiting volunteers with a long
term-health condition. A diverse volunteer team brings advantages which include allowing the organisation to fully represent the local society in which they operate whilst having a positive impact on local people.
link for more info about volunteer recruitment:
Toby Cray (Help Your Health Project Officer)
Ealing Volunteer Centre
Telephone: 020 8280 2244