Training & Volunteering!
Making every contact counts (MECC)
When working with the public it’s important that opportunities to introduce or bring about lifestyle behaviour changes are recognised and acted upon. Making changes such as stopping smoking, improving diet, increasing physical activity, losing weight and reducing alcohol consumption can help people to reduce their risk of poor health significantly. Healthy Peterborough team offers MECC training to everyone with Health and Well Being on their agenda and are tasked with making the most of any opportunity to offer a brief lifestyle intervention with their patient or client. Learn more in our Making Every Contact Count (MECC) file or contact the Healthy Peterborough team for more information here.
RSPH accredited courses
We aim to inspire the people of Peterborough with our high-quality courses. These courses are designed to offer learning for personal development as well as health and well-being. With the following courses on offer we hope you’ll find one that fits in with your personal goals and interests. We pride ourselves on our very personal and supportive approach, and on being very focused on helping learners progress and achieve success.
- Level 2 Stop Smoking
- Level 2 Youth Health Champions
- Level 2 Nutrition4Health
- Level 2 Understanding Behaviour Change
- Level 2 Understanding Mental Wellbeing
Alternatively, contact the Healthy Peterborough team for more information here.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteering can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can get involved in. We have many volunteering opportunities within Healthy Peterborough team and wider partners across the city. It all depends on what you are interested in and what you would like to do. We have two different volunteering roles within the service:
Community Health Champions (CHCs): Anyone over the age of 24 years can apply to become a Community Health Champion. So long as you live in Peterborough and can commit to at least 2 hours of volunteering per week. Following a period of training, support and satisfactory DBS check, Community Health Champions engage in various projects aimed at transforming the health and wellbeing of people in our communities. As Community Health Champion, you are mentored by the Healthy Schools Lead and Outreach Operations Manager. You will have access to a wide range of training and personal development opportunities. Within your role as a Community Health Champion, you will sign post, support and motivate people to get involved in healthy social activities, create groups to meet local needs and help local people to access services in our local community. Contact the Healthy Peterborough team for more information here.
Youth Health Champions (YHCs): Anyone between the age of 14 and 24 years can apply to become a Youth Health Champion regardless of their education status. Working together with schools, public health and social care services, we are creating the settings for an array of new opportunities and solutions to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for young people. Young people are recruited, engaged, trained and supported as Youth Health Champions or commonly known as YHCs. As a YHC, you become active and valued partner, working with service providers and commissioners to jointly deliver better informed and personalised health and wellbeing services suitable for all involved.
As a volunteer, you benefit from several nationally recognised courses e.g. Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults, Essential First Aid at work, Information Governance, Understanding and Promoting Equality & Diversity etc which are invaluable for not only developing your prospects of future employment and securing university placements within your chosen field but also useful to understand the issues faced by our communities. You also get travel expenses paid, free lunch, tea and refreshments during your time with us and a personal reference as and when required either by potential employers or universities to support your application.
For more information check out our Youth champions document here.