Volunteering roles

Co-producer

At the Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College, our co-producers are responsible for the design/production of our workshops and courses in a format that best suits them (alongside at least one other volunteer, member of NHS staff or partner organisation staff).

Our co-producers will have experience of the topic that they are designing a course or workshop around, such as experience themselves of a specific health condition or experience as a carer (we call this lived experience or being an expert by experience). Alternatively, they may have professional experience or be particularly experienced in a skill or hobby.


Co-Facilitator

At the Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College, our co-facilitators (also referred to as our tutors) are responsible for the delivery of our courses and workshops in our community settings across the whole of the Wakefield district (alongside at least one other volunteer, member of NHS staff or partner organisation staff).

Our co-facilitators will usually have experience (either lived experience or professional experience) of the topic that they are teaching and must be willing to speak in front of groups, answer questions, share experiences and be adaptable to changing or unexpected circumstances.


In-reach Co-facilitator

At the Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College, our in-reach co-facilitators are responsible for the delivery of our courses and workshops in our inpatient wards at Fieldhead Hospital in Wakefield (alongside at least one other volunteer, member of NHS staff or partner organisation staff and ward staff).

Our in-reach co-facilitators will usually have experience (either lived experience or professional experience) of the topic that they are teaching and must be willing to speak in front of groups, answer questions, share experiences and be adaptable to changing or unexpected circumstances.


Meet and Greet

At the Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College, our meet and greet volunteers are the face of the college for all of our students and tutors. They will liaise with reception staff, College staff, tutors and students at the start of each course of workshop session and are the people who welcome our volunteers and tutors in to the building, show them to the room that they are in for their course or workshop, explain where the facilities are, make students feel welcome and relaxed about being there, and assist the tutor in setting up where needed.

Our meet and greet volunteers should be a face of comfort for those attending; they should be happy to chat with our waiting students, putting them at ease, providing reassurance that they are in the right place, for the right time and the right event.


Study Partner

At the Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College, our study partners are responsible for supporting those students who have requested one to one assistance or support. This might be for a student who is particularly anxious about attending and would like someone to stay with and support them for the duration of their course, or for a student who perhaps has literacy or education difficulties and requires additional help during a course to read, write or understand the content.

We ask that our study partners meet with the student that they are supporting at least a week prior to the student’s course or workshop start date, informally, so that the student is able to get to know and become comfortable with that study partner’s support.


Supportive Administration

At the Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College, our supportive administration volunteers are responsible for assisting our College team in some of the day to day administration tasks of the College.

Occasionally, our supportive administration volunteers lead on a specific project, such as the development of our resource library, with the support of the rest of the team.


Promotion and Marketing

At the Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College, our promotion and marketing volunteers are responsible for attending events and hosting a table to promote the College, welcoming members of the public for a conversation about what the College is and what we do (this is usually in a marketplace type setting with many other organisations).

Some of our promotion and marketing volunteers like to be involved in putting content on to our social media pages, producing posters, leaflets and our prospectus, or for helping to deliver each new term’s prospectuses to local GP surgeries or organisations and having conversations with these staff about what we have on offer in the new term.

The promotion and marketing role can be done solo or with other members of the team.