Free virtual training from NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, to allow groups in Kirklees to work with the local NHS (and be paid for their time)
The Community Voices programme, delivered by Voluntary & Community (VAC) on behalf of NHS Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group supports voluntary and community sector organisations to undertake training for their staff or volunteers to become an accredited ‘ Community Voice’ and then seek the views of the organisation’s members to inform health service changes. Community Voices is about capturing the views of residents, especially those who are seldom heard, specifically in relation to health. Community and voluntary organisations are so well placed in communities to engage with residents.
The NHS has a legal duty to involve local communities/communities of interest when health changes are being considered and the training provides the knowledge and skills needed to carry out engagement and consultation work on behalf of the NHS locally. The training is free and once trained volunteers will be able to give their community organisation the opportunity to be approved providers of engagement for the NHS locally with the potential to carry out paid work.
The training is spread over 4 sessions (currently delivered online). The training provides an understanding of how the NHS works and why the NHS is required to involve local communities in changes to services. It covers methods and approaches to engagement and consultation which can be useful skills for your own personal development and benefit your organisation and also key information about equalities and safeguarding. Participants are asked to complete a practical task asking service users to complete a survey.
The benefits of training as a Community Voice are:
– being offered opportunities to carry out surveys or run focus groups
– the opportunity to earn money for your organisation
– being invited to local events where you can meet with the people and organisations involved in shaping local health services.
The next virtual Community Voices training runs on the following dates:
Session 1: Wednesday 22nd September 2021
Session 2: Wednesday 29th September 2021
Session 3: Wednesday 6th October 2021
Session 4: Thursday 11th November 2021
All session are held online and last from 10am – 12 noon. Attendees need to be able to commit to attending all 4 sessions.