As a voluntary group, working in Kirklees, NHS Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group has free virtual training available so you can work with the local NHS
The Community Voices programme, delivered by Voluntary & Community (VAC) on behalf of NHS Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Groups 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 on Zoom). 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 26th May 2021
Session 2: Wednesday 9th June 2021
Session 3: Wednesday 23rd June 2021
Session 4: Wednesday 21st July 2021
All session are held online through Zoom and last from 10am – 12 noon. Attendees need to be able to commit to attending all 4 sessions.