A new and exciting opportunity for students – here we tell you more about becoming a Wellbeing Champion…
Are you passionate about your own wellbeing? Passionate about the wellbeing of others? A great communicator? Eager to increase self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem? Wanting to further your employability skills? Interested in the area of wellbeing? If you answered yes, read on…
What is a Wellbeing Champion?
Wellbeing Champions are students who support other students to look after their wellbeing. You will offer knowledge and practical help to fellow students, promoting the importance of self-care, providing information and signposting on a range of wellbeing-related issues and taking part in wellbeing promotion activities across campus.
We want to build on something that already happens within our student population, by providing formal training and on-going supervisory support to those who want to make a difference to the lives of fellow students. By being visible around the University, you will also play a vital role in reducing the stigma which still exists around talking about mental health and wellbeing.
What will you gain from being a wellbeing champion?
Wellbeing Champions are voluntary roles; however, we guarantee that you will gain a great deal personally from the experience, including (but by no means limited to!):
- 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
Any Wellbeing Champion who is also doing the Cardiff Award can count their hours towards the award. You are also eligible for Millennium Volunteers hours – another great initiative to have your volunteering nationally recognised.
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.
The amount of time you put in will simply be whatever you are able to give.
There is no set requirement for participation; events and activities will be planned throughout the year and your attendance will be determined by whether you are available and if you would like to take part.
As a requirement, we do ask that wellbeing champions participate in a minimum of 2 events or wellbeing activities per semester. Supervision will also be part of the programme.
What training will I need?
We will offer training in the basics of listening, communicating, information-giving, health and wellbeing promotion and self-care. In order to become a Wellbeing Champion, our training programme is compulsory.
Our training dates for this year are Monday 13 June, Tuesday 14 June and Wednesday 15 June.
If you are not able to attend these dates, unfortunately we will not be able to consider your application this time.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in becoming a Wellbeing Champion, please visit our intranet page to access the job description and to complete the online application form. The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 8 April 2016.
If you have any questions about the programme, please do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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