Wellbeing Champions

What's the role?

A Wellbeing Champion’s role is to actively promote and support initiatives, services and campaigns that RUSU & University do to improve students’ mental health and wellbeing. You will also signpost students who require mental health support to appropriate services. You will be working closely with the RUSU Welfare Officer and RUSU staff to achieve these aims.

This is a voluntary role that one student in each school will have the opportunity to take part in.

What's involved?

In your role you will:

  • Be the lead on wellbeing projects and events you want to host within your school.
  • Promote and contribute to the work of and wellbeing events and campaigns run by the RUSU Welfare Officer within your school to the students.
  • Convene and identify any issues that have been raised among students in your schools, this could be feedback from within your learning community or on student group chats
  • Attend the monthly Wellbeing Champions Consultations and feedback any issues/changes to the RUSU Welfare Officer.
  • Signpost to and help to provide information to students to the relevant student support services available at RUSU and the University.

In your role you will not:

  • Be expected to provide any mental health support to peers or be required to provide support someone in crisis.
  • Need to meet with students in a one to one setting or put yourself in any other situation which would make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Be required to investigate a student’s situation (remember to signpost these students on to professional support quickly).

What's in it for me?

  • Develop your key skills and gain excellent career boosting experience to enhance your CV and LinkedIn Profile.
  • Access to full training and support from the RUSU team.
  • Gain volunteering hours that count towards the University of Reading RED Award and are included in your University transcript upon graduation.
  • Be the student voice on welfare issues within your School.
  • Create positive change for students within your school and enhance partnership with RUSU.

Am I eligible?

We welcome applications from all students with an interest in wellbeing and who want to actively improve others’ wellbeing. In addition, you must be enrolled as a current student at the University of Reading (this includes foundation students, undergraduates, postgraduate taught students or postgraduate researchers). You can be studying on a full or part-time basis.

Please note that during the pilot in the spring and summer 2021 only students from the schools of: Art and Communication Design, Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, and Agriculture, Policy and Development will be eligible to take part.

Attributes that will help you in your role:

(please note that some of these will be things you can develop in your time as a Wellbeing Champion and will be covered in the training)

  • A proactive attitude
  • Positive
  • Confidence
  • Good with time management
  • Good communication skills (in person and online)
  • Good facilitation skills (or willingness to develop this)

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please fill in the online application form by 11:59pm on Sunday 30th January.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an informal interview (virtual) on the 4th or 5th February with the RUSU Welfare Officer and a member of the Rep team.

Once appointed you will attend a training to equip you with the skills and knowledge to carry out your role.

Please note that during the pilot in the spring and summer 2021 only students from the schools of: Art and Communication Design, Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, and Agriculture, Policy and Development will be eligible to take part. Any applications from students not in these schools will not be considered.