'Me and My Community' course facilitator guide
This is a tried and tested 10 session informal course that enables parents who are interested in supporting other parents to take the first step into volunteering.
Outcomes for the participants include:
- An enjoyable group learning experience
- Improved self-confidence and assertiveness skills
- Awareness of volunteer ground rules and boundaries
- Discovering own strengths, talents and potential
- Active listening skills
- Community awareness
Part 1: focuses on self-awareness and reflection:
Participants are encouraged to recognise their existing skills, talents and potential. It also assists them to recognise and manage stress for themselves and others. Fun activities enable the participants to practice assertive communication and negotiation skills.
Part 2: focuses on the needs of the local community and opportunities for becoming involved:
Participants listen to ‘stories from the community’ and explore opportunities for becoming involved. They are encouraged to write a personal plan for the future.
Part 3: prepares participants to carry out a peer support volunteering role in a centre based setting:
Participants only continue onto part 3 of the course if they decide they want to become a peer support volunteer. This part of the course is more intensive and focuses on: the boundaries and responsibilities of the peer support role; confidentiality; sharing information; health and safety; listening skills; an introduction to safeguarding children; equality and diversity; life challenges; complaints procedures; and reflection on their own support needs.
This facilitator guide contains everything you need to deliver your own course and takes you through the delivery of each session:
Ten detailed session guides
- Group activities
- Complete set of course handouts
- Co-facilitating tips
- Accompanying CD
This facilitator guide contains everything you need to deliver your own course.