Wellbeing for Life is a service commissioned by Durham County Council and delivered by five partners who have years of knowledge and experience of working and supporting local people across County Durham. The service provides both One to One Support or group support which typically includes sessions on eating healthier, losing or gaining weight, being more active, improving mental health and wellbeing.
The service provides opportunities to volunteer:
- Community Health Champions are people who are local and can commit to at least 2 hours of volunteering per week. Following a period of training and support, Community Health Champions will voluntarily transform the health and wellbeing of people in their communities. Community Health Champions are mentored by a paid member of staff within the Wellbeing for Life service and have access to a wide range of training and personal development opportunities. Within their role, Community Health Champions will support and motivate people to become involved in healthy social activities, create groups to meet local needs and help local people to access services in their local community.
- Community Volunteers are local people who cannot dedicate a specific amount of time each week but would like to volunteer as and when they can. Community Volunteers may open and close the local community centre before and after activities or make cups of tea for the local dominos group. They may even want to go along and socialise with groups before and after activities.
- Feels valued and part of a team
- Gains a sense of fulfilment
- Has an opportunity to socialise, meeting new people and making new friends
- Gained qualifications and experience
- Improved chances of employability
The Wellbeing for Life Service
- William brings local community knowledge
- He has an existing rapport with community members
- Helps the team to engage with the hard to reach clients
- Is a passionate, reliable and experienced volunteer and team member
- William actively promotes the service
- He helps to increase capacity by leading groups
- Improves public perception of service
- William helps to build solidarity between people working towards a common goal
- Is a permanent advocate for health and wellbeing in the community
- He helps those less fortunate or without a voice
- Supports the sustainability of community groups
- Has helped set up new groups
- Has knowledge of a variety of services and resources to signpost