Training

We want to make sure that as a volunteer you feel confident and well prepared for volunteering on your projects. On this page you’ll find information about the training sessions running each term to equip you for your volunteering – go ahead and sign up!

If you have any questions or suggestions for training you’d like to see contact Hannah at training.sca@durham.ac.uk or 0191 334 1207.

JANUARY

Coding Club Training – Tuesday 24th January (6pm – 9pm, ER151)

This training is designed to teach you how to deliver Com-puter Coding skills to children. It is ran specifically for those volunteering on the Coding Club project.

Nightline Weekend – Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January

This weekend involves talks from professional speakers about a variety of welfare issues including bereavement, mental health and suicide. You will also learn, and get the opportunity to practice active listening. Visit http://community.dur.ac.uk/nightline/ for more information.

FEBRUARY

Active Listening Skills – Wednesday 1st February (6:30pm – 7:30pm, ER153)

Delivered by Nightline, this interactive session will equip you with a range of skills in active listening. This session is highly recommended for any of our volunteers – especially if you’ll be working with vulnerable children or adults at risk!

To register for this training session CLICK HERE!

ADHD Information Session – Monday 6th February (6:30pm – 7:30pm, ER142)

These sessions explore the ways in which you can manage children’s behaviour – particularly useful for projects that frequently work with young people from challenging back-grounds.

Please email Hannah on training.sca@durham.ac.uk if you are interested.

Dementia Friends Workshop – Wednesday 20th February (6:30pm – 7:30pm, ER141)

This training will focus specifically on working with individuals with Dementia. This will raise your awareness of Dementia and help you develop techniques and skills for working with this specific group of people.

Please email Hannah on training.sca@durham.ac.uk if you are interested.


PAST SESSIONS

Nothing to suit you? Below is an example of some of the training that we have run in the past. Please get in touch if there’s a specific session that you’d like to see run again!

 

Tutoring Skills

Delivered by TeachFirst, this session will help you to gain the skills needed to be able to deliver effective one-to-one tutoring for GSCE and A-Level students. A must for anyone involved in any of our tutoring projects!

 

Managing Child Behaviour 

These sessions both explore the ways in which you can manage children’s behaviour – particularly useful for projects that frequently work with young people from challenging backgrounds.

 

Coding Club Training

This training is designed to teach you how to deliver Computer Coding skills to children. It is ran specifically for those volunteering on the Coding Club project.

Leading Activity Sessions

Develop skills in planning and running a range of engaging activities for young people. Come along for some handy hints and tips and a chance to learn some new games!

ASIST (MIND) Training

ASIST is a two-day, interactive workshop that prepares caregivers to provide suicide life-assisting, first-aid intervention. Small group discussions and skills practice are based on adult learning principles. ASIST teaches Pathways for Assisting Life (PAL), a practical guide to doing suicide interventions.  Powerful videos are used to support learning.

Value of Volunteering

Tom Davie, Deputy Head of Centre/Careers Adviser within the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre will be running an interactive workshop with SCA volunteers. This will include practical help and advice on how to market the skills and experience you are gaining from volunteering to employers seeking interns or graduates for permanent positions on CVs, application forms and within interviews/assessment centres. Tom will give you the opportunity to discuss the job market with him as well in a Q+A within the session.

Working with Children

The head of student recruitment,Shane Collins, delivers a session that focuses on working with young people and will cover subjects such as child protection, communicating with young people and will encourage volunteers to treat young people with empathy and respect.

Working with disabilities

The training session is run by specialist trainers from the Durham Area Disability Leisure Group and will help volunteers to be more comfortable working with disabled people.