As WAD Education volunteers you will be working directly with the Education Lead in our Student-Led Project. Our SLP reaches out to secondary and sixth form colleges in order to educate and encourage talks surrounding blood and organ donation. Additionally, you will also be working with BAME societies in order to address the stigma generally associated with blood and organ donations. In order to organise such large scale events, we often need a group of volunteers who are willing to collaborate with to organise logistics, as well as spread awareness of the importance of blood and transplant donors.
As volunteers, you will be trained in public speaking and the handling of sensitive information and confidentiality rules. All training will be provided through various workshops that we will hold throughout the year. Additionally, in order to give our volunteers creative liberties and leadership opportunities, volunteers are more than welcome to approach any of the SLP leaders with potential event ideas. If feasible and practical, they will be allowed to lead such events.
Volunteers will deliver short, in-person presentations to pupils aged 11-18. The goal in these talks is to promote awareness of the critical issue of donor shortages and encourage discussion between pupils and parents, in line with the KS3 and 4 (including Welsh Baccalaureate) and the PSHE curriculum.
As appreciation for their time and work, ALL VOLUNTEERS will be given a certificate at the end of the academic year. If a volunteer decides to continue their volunteering journey with us for another academic year, they have the option to be promoted to Education Ambassador or even Project Lead, depending on the availability of committee positions.
Before any school talks are given, volunteers will need to complete the Volunteering with Children course.
DBS checks are not required as supervisors will be present with volunteers at the school presentations.