Unfolding: FREE training course for community volunteers
Leeds’ valuable and dedicated volunteer workforce is faced with the potential of burnout and exhaustion due to the impact of Covid and the cost of living crisis.
Volunteers are committed to their communities, yet often stretched in their capacity to support people. Volunteers and the people they support are increasingly likely to be facing financial stresses, mental ill-health, isolation and loneliness.
Unfolding was created to help volunteers feel energised and able to support others without ‘burning out’.
We are pleased to offer this free, six-week training course in partnership with Leeds City Council.
How can we help people to go from exhausted to energised when volunteering?
By training participants in self-care, boundary-setting and most of all conversation skills that bring change. Volunteers will learn how not to take on too much whilst ensuring that the people they support feel heard and clear on their next steps.
The training is for (formal and informal) volunteers who:
- Have regular contact with vulnerable people through their role
- Volunteer in Armley, Inner South, York Road, HATCH and Seacroft LCP areas – See below for more info on this.*
- Want to feel calmer and more confident in their volunteering.
- Enjoy sharing what they learn with others.
- Are ready to learn how to make conversations easier.
By the end of the training volunteers will have
- Learned how to look after their own energy levels
- Increased their confidence and self-esteem
- Learned how gender impacts mental wellness
- Learned how to lead conversations that bring change in people’s lives
- Become comfortable in setting compassionate and clear boundaries
- Renewed capacity to support others
- Become a cheerleader for change.
What to expect from us
- Six weeks of in-person training, two hours/session per week. (This can also be online to suit)
- Training led by experienced facilitators
- Informal & participatory sessions
- A safe space for people to be themselves
- Humans Being to tailor both content and format to suit the needs of your volunteers.
We need partner organisations to
- Support at least eight volunteers to enrol on the course
- Allow one staff member to attend the first session (welcome to attend all sessions)
- Be available to discuss participants’ progress and deal with any potential safeguarding concerns
- Give feedback on how you think the volunteers benefitted.
Courses are running from September 2023 – December 2024
* Course availability in the following LCPs areas: Armley, Inner South (Beeston & Middleton), York Road, HATCH and Seacroft. SEE THIS MAP