Tsvetina, tells us more about how you can make a difference to our university community, by becoming a Wellbeing Champion…
University can be a challenge for many students and it is no secret that it sometimes causes us excessive stress and headaches. Sometimes stressful situations are considered to be a normal part of our university experience. Whilst it is true that being a student involves overcoming hardships, it doesn’t mean we should allow our wellbeing to suffer. The university provides Student Support and Wellbeing Services, to help students when they are struggling. However, some students prefer to seek support from their peers, which is why the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Team established the Wellbeing Champions programme.
What does the Wellbeing Champions programme do?
The programme trains and supervises students to become Wellbeing Champion volunteers who can be a peer ear for other students. The Wellbeing Champions commit their time to supporting other students in looking after their wellbeing. They attend different events around campus where they listen, advise and signpost, whilst also promoting self-care. They raise awareness of different worthwhile issues around physical and mental health with the aim of opening up discussions and educating students. By being visible around the university, they also play a vital role in reducing the stigma around discussing mental health and wellbeing.
Crucially, all those students are driven by the willingness to help and make a change in somebody’s life, which could be one of the most rewarding university experiences one can have.
Why should I volunteer to be a Wellbeing Champion?
Being a Wellbeing Champion volunteer isn’t just good for your CV, it can be great fun too. By volunteering for us you can gain:
- A wide range of transferable skills in listening, communicating and relating to others
- Increased self-awareness, confidence, and self-esteem
- A greater ability to manage your time, set boundaries, and care for yourself
- Friendship and support within the team
- Rewarding experiences and a greater sense of self-worth
How do I apply?
If you are interested in becoming part of the Wellbeing Champions scheme please apply through our intranet page. Any student is welcomed to apply and the deadline for applications is 28th February 2017!
How much time is involved?
We understand the pressures of busy timetables, social commitments and academic study and for this reason, our programme is highly flexible.
As a requirement, we ask that Champions participate in a minimum of 2 x Events or Wellbeing-related activities (e.g. Blog writing, etc.) per semester. We would also like Champions to attend at least 1 x ‘Check-In’ session with the Programme Co-ordinators per semester when they can get support or share their experiences and give feedback.
Events and activities will be planned throughout the year and your attendance will be determined simply by whether you are available and whether you would like to take part.
Training you will receive
We provide 3 full days of training which are compulsory to attend. This training will cover the basics of listening, communication skills, information-giving, health and wellbeing promotion and self-care.
The Training Days will take place during March/April 2017. Unfortunately, training dates cannot be rescheduled or repeated and, therefore, if you are not able to attend the full training programme, we will be unable to consider your application.
Find out more about the Wellbeing Champions
If you have any further questions please feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to receiving your application!
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