Wellbeing Champions



Becoming a Wellbeing Champion

Becoming a wellbeing champion is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable volunteering experience in welfare, wellbeing and positive mental health initiatives. Your participation will directly impact students, giving you the opportunity to be a voice on welfare issues and resources within your School where you can make a positive change. Not only will RUSU provide you with support and full training, but you will actively engage in developing key skills which will enhance your CV and career opportunities.

 

Find out more from our Wellbeing Champion Denis, to hear what he’s been up to in the role.

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To apply, please fill in the online application form below.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an informal interview (virtual/in-person). Applicants will be informed of the outcome shortly after.

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

Deadlines for applications: May 1, 2022

What's the Role?

A Wellbeing Champion is an appointed role, where a student is able to actively promote and support initiatives, services and campaigns that RUSU & the 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.

What's Involved?

  • Be the lead on wellbeing projects and events you want to host within your school.
  • Promote and contribute wellbeing events and campaigns run by the RUSU Welfare Officer within your school to increase student welfare awareness and engagement.
  • 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 monthly Wellbeing Champions Consultations and feedback any issues/changes to the RUSU Welfare Officer.

In your role you will not:

  • Be expected to provide any mental health support to peers or be required to provide support to 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.
  • 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.
  • Opportunity to get involved in RUSU campaigns and make positive change for students.

Am I eligible?

We welcome applications from all students with an interest in wellbeing and who want to actively improve others’ wellbeing. Students of any educational background are welcome- you are not required to have prior training in welfare. 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, however you must not be in your final year as the role will commence with the new Academic Year 22/23.

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.

  • An interest in improving student wellbeing
  • A proactive attitude
  • Confidence (or keenness to develop this)
  • Time management skills
  • Interpersonal communication skills (in person and online)
  • Good facilitation skills (or willingness to develop this)