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.
Kelly is trained as a level 2 fitness instructor and is a qualified boxing instructor. She is a Community Health Champion and has completed several of the training courses with Wellbeing for Life. She gives time volunteering for Wellbeing for Life and at her local boxing gym, running classes for the children of Bowburn and introducing them to boxing and fitness. Kelly has recently, with the help of Wellbeing for Life, set up a circuits group in a Church Hall in Bowburn. Kelly did her own community surveys to identify the need and demand. She used social media and her links in the community to promote the new group, which has now become an established activity in Bowburn. The group will be sustained through Kelly’s volunteering and the demand from the community beyond the initial help from Wellbeing for Life. Kelly is keen to start other groups and gain more fitness qualifications. The benefits Kelly’s volunteering brings are far reaching:
- Enables her to use her skills to benefit the community
- Sense of achievement in the popularity of the class
- Helping the community to achieve goals
- New qualifications
- Vital experience for future possible employment
Wellbeing for Life
- Sustainable group created a legacy for Wellbeing for Life Bowburn
- Actively promotes and supports the Wellbeing for Life messages
- Improving community cohesion, bringing communities together
- Improving the health and fitness of Bowburn and surrounding areas
- A skilled and reliable volunteer
- Sustained community group
- Adds to a sense of community, a place to meet people and make friends
- A place to learn new skills
- A chance to get fit and have fun