Sessions with a mental health focus

It’s time to talk about your role on the sessions!

As a Supervisor, you won’t have a timetable like a volunteer will, but instead, you’ll decide where your time is best spent. Supervisors should be aiming to get to 3-4 sessions a week! So what is your role whilst on sessions?

You are there to participate fully in every aspect of the session, fully hands-on! You should be assisting volunteers with planning the session and whilst you’d never be expected to do it all yourself, you’re there to support the volunteers in running the session and get stuck in! You will also be a huge part of our quality control process, this is both for service users and volunteers. Remember, you have been offered this role due to your experience, so use it, sharing is caring!

After the session, you will help the volunteers to reflect upon what they have just achieved. What did the service users most enjoy about the session? How was their engagement? What went well and why? What was challenging? What can we do next time? All of this is part of maximising the volunteer experience.

Below we have more information regarding what sessions may entail, we hope you find this helpful when preparing for your new role:

+ We don't run mental illness placements

On an SLV.Global placement you will be working with individuals with mental illness, however, this is not the sole focus of our work. We are there to promote positive mental health no matter what the setting. This could be in the in-patient psychiatric facility or in a classroom. As an organisation, we work within a model of prevention. Please read this blog here before joining us, it will really give you the inside scoop as to what we do on sessions!

+ Non-Verbal Communication

Working with a language barrier means that we use non-verbal communication to run our sessions. This means our sessions can involve everyone, as we want to ensure that we are creating an inclusive environment. As a Supervisor, you will be really role modelling non-verbal communication during every session you take part in. This blog here goes through the benefits of this work and will be a helpful tool for you when you are supporting volunteers with the development of non-verbal communication skills!

Have a think about how you could communicate some of your session ideas to a group of service users non-verbally? Don’t be afraid to get active!

If you have any questions about any of the above information, we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to give us a call in the office or send an email to [email protected]