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.

 

OCTOBER

Social Media Training – Wednesday 11th October (4-5pm, PC050)

For all project leaders and events exec personnel. This training covers how best to recruit for projects and advertise your events alongside the successes you and your volunteers achieve! Please bring a note on how many service users and volunteers you would’ve liked to recruit and whether or not you’ve met this aim.

Project Leader Training – Friday 13th October (5-6pm, ER155)

The final PL training—for those who are unable to make the previous sessions. Will cover your role and responsibilities, along with some practical advice for managing volunteers.

Upshot Training –  Tuesday 17th or Thursday 19th October (6-7pm, ER151)

Compulsory for all PLs. this practical session covers all the essentials of upshot, our online system to record the wonderful work we do! Learn how to create registers, input volunteer hours and events.

Social Media Drop-in Sessions (2-5.30pm, PC012)

For all those PLs who have not met their recruitment targets, a member of the Durham University Marketing and Communications team will be available for a 30 minute drop-in session. They will give you advice on how to use social media and other techniques of advertising to your advantage. Please contact Hannah at training.sca@durham.ac.uk if you would like to use this service.

Dog Handling – Wednesday 25th October (5-7pm, PLC048)

Compulsory if you plan to volunteer with dogs. The session will cover the basic do and don’t’s.

Managing Difficult Child Behaviour –  Friday 27th October (6-7pm, ER143)

Led by Professor Joe Elliott, this session is for anyone volunteering with children or teenagers who are often disruptive. The training will cover possible reasons behind this behaviour and how to deal with it, as well as methods to motivate the kids to stay focused on achieving the goals of the project.

Upshot Training –  Friday 27th October (1-2pm, ER156)

Compulsory for all PLs. this practical session covers all the essentials of upshot, our online system to record the wonderful work we do! Learn how to create registers, input volunteer hours and events.

Tutoring Skills – Monday 30th October (6-7.15pm, ER247)

Delivered by PeerzAcademy, this session will help you gain the skills needed to be able to deliver effective one-to-one tutoring for GCSE and A-Level students.

Working with Vulnerable Children Frontline Training – Monday 30th October (12-2pm, EH009 in Elvet Hill House)

This session, run by Frontline, covers how to work with vulnerable children.  It will also give you a taster into social work as a profession.

Dementia Friends Workshop – Tuesday 31st October (4-5pm ER207)

This training will focus specifically on working with individuals with Dementia to raise your awareness and develop techniques for working with this specific group.

Intergenerational Training – Tuesday 31st October (5pm- 6pm, ER145)

Run by Age UK, the session will highlight some of the issues that volunteers may encounter when working with the elderly, along with detailing ways to overcome these obstacles.

Please click HERE to sign up for both the Dementia Friends Workshop and Intergenerational Training.

NOVEMBER

Emergency First Aid at Work (FANE) – Wednesday 1st  November (3– 9pm, ER144 and ER149)

An in depth first aid course for PLs, looking at how to provide crucial first aid and dealing with an emergency. This course gives you the opportunity to earn a nationally recognised certificate upon completion. Places are limited. Sign-up details will be put online at a later date so keep an eye out!

Tutoring Skills – Wednesday 1st November (5.30-6.45pm, ER155)

Delivered by PeerzAcademy, this session will help you gain the skills needed to be able to deliver effective one-to-one tutoring for GCSE and A-Level students.

Dog Handling – Wednesday 1st November (3-4pm, CLC407)

Compulsory if you plan to volunteer with dogs. The session will cover the basic do and don’t’s.

Coding Training – Monday 6th November (5-7pm, ER150)

This training is designed to teach you how to deliver coding skills to children.

Working in Specialist Schools – Tuesday 7th November (6-7pm, room TBC)

The training during this session will be led by the deputy headteacher of Villa Real, a school for pupils who have severe, profound, medical and complex learning difficulties. Mrs James aims to enhance your awareness of what type of extra care is needed whilst volunteering with children with learning difficulties and how best to provide it.

Managing Child Behaviour – Wednesday 8th November (7-8pm, PCL048)

In this informative training session, explore the ways in which you can manage children’s behaviour. The training is particularly useful for projects that frequently work with young people from challenging backgrounds.

Marketing Tutoring Experience – Tuesday 26th November (6-7pm, ER148)

Presented by a member of the Teach First graduate recruitment team, this session is directed towards anyone who wants to take their tutoring experience further and carve out a career in this sector. This practical workshop offers hints and tips about how to submit a successful application for teaching. It will also cover the assessment process for a competency based assessment process, an online process which many major graduate employers now use. Hopefully the session will make you feel as confident as possible before submitting an online application, whether that be with Teach First or any other organisation!

UPCOMING TRAINING 

Listening Skills

Delivered by Nightline, this interactive session will equip you with a range of skills in active listening. Great for any volunteers working with children or adults at risk.

Heartstart First Aid

Provided by the LINKS society, this training will cover the basics in First Aid including CPR, dealing with serious bleeding and other emergency aid.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING

“When I talk to managers I get the feeling they are important. When I talk to leaders I get the feeling I am important.”

Rear Admiral Alex Burton, Royal Navy, Mentor and Speaker for Experience Durham Leadership Academy

The Experience Durham Leadership Programme has evolved directly from our existing Experience Durham Leadership Academy and reflects the crucial role that the development of key employability skills has to play in the future of Higher Education.

Ingrained in the University strategy, the concept of providing a Wider Student Experience has never been so much at the forefront of strategic policy. In short, Experience Durham rises to the challenges to ensure that Durham students are provided with a culture and an environment in which to pursue the highest quality of student experience, through which they will further develop qualities of independence, self-expression, creativity, teamwork, leadership and a strong sense of social citizenship.

Central to many of these themes, the Experience Durham Leadership Programme will offer emerging leaders from across sport, music, theatre and volunteering the opportunity to participate in a developmental programme based on established leadership training through prominent corporate industries and the uniformed services.

Through our extensive pedigree in helping to develop leaders on the sports field we strongly believe that Experience Durham has an important role to play in boosting graduate opportunities and employability for many of our students.

What makes the Experience Durham Leadership Programme distinctive?

  • Existing Experience Durham structures and leadership opportunities provide “real life” working examples of how Durham University already develops outstanding leaders through a supported infrastructure.
  • Unique links with nationally renowned alumni in industry, sport and the performance arts.
  • An extensive alumni support network already committed to engagement through major events/activities (e.g. Alumni Games, Alumni Theatre and Music Groups, Volunteer opportunities).
  • Proven record of students who have completed the existing Experience Durham Leadership Academy moving on to become employed through the very networks to which they were exposed.
  • Key links and collaboration with sponsorship from senior managers in Blue Chip Companies.
  • Nationally recognised accredited awards for individuals, teams productions across sport, theatre, music and volunteering.
  • Accredited National Governing Body partnerships linking to overall strategic development.
  • High profile student ambassadors winning International and National recognition and/or awards.

For more information on the programme please contact Chantelle on chantelle.cumming@durham.ac.uk.