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Introduction

Volunteers
The aim of the Healthy Communities Volunteer Programme is to provide opportunities for local people to gain skills, knowledge and experience that will improve their own health and well-being whilst also contributing to improving the health of others in their community.

To volunteer with us you need to be over 18 years of age, live within the Dudley Borough and be willing to spare some of your time to learn new skills.

The Dudley Office of Public Health’ s role is to protect and improve people’s health by preventing illness and disease and promoting health & well-being.  We also aim to reduce the health inequalities that exist between areas and groups in Dudley which result in some people becoming ill or dying at a much earlier age than others.  We work with local people and support them to play a more active role in looking after their own health and well-being and that of their family, friends and neighbours.

Healthy Communities Volunteers support this work to improve the health of individuals within the local community through:

  • Being involved in supporting or leading public health activities/courses in community venues across the Dudley borough to help support people to lead a healthier lifestyle.
  • Engaging with individuals from the community or targeted groups to provide information, support and motivation that will help them to make and maintain positive changes to their lifestyle.
  • Acting as a role model and signposting people to appropriate services
  • Supporting with relevant health checks as required.

Current/recent volunteer placements include:

  • Physical Activity
  • Healthy Eating
  • Stop Smoking
  • Weight Management
  • Self Management Programme
  • Breastfeeding
  • Alcohol Awareness

 

Why become a volunteer? ­

Volunteering can be like ‘stepping stones’. A route to help you get to where you want to get to, at whatever point in life you find yourself. You may have time on your hands. You may want a career change or be studying and looking for some related experience.

You may not have worked for a while and volunteering can give you a better chance of getting paid work by helping you to:

  • Learn new skills and improve existing skills.
  • Become more confident.
  • Develop new interests.
  • Meet new people and hear about other opportunities.
  • Gain experience that you can put on your C. V. and give you something to talk about at an interview.
  • Show employers that you are committed.

 

Volunteering can also be an opportunity to

  • Help others in your local community.
  • Use your experience to support others 
  • Be more active.
  • Meet new people and have fun
  • Try something new

 

You will receive all the support and training you need to volunteer.

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