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The “Are You A Little Bit OCD?” Project Volunteering
This project will give volunteers with first or second hand experience of OCD the opportunity to engage the general public in discussions on how OCD, and associated mental health problems, can impact on those that suffer with the illness. These discussions will take place at events held in public venues across the East Midlands during the next 15 months. This interaction will be supported by a volunteer led quiz, with mental health themed treats being gifted to participants.
By sharing knowledge gained through personal experience at these events, our volunteer team will help the general public to increase their understanding about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other associated mental health problems, challenging negative stigma, and ultimately reduce the effect of OCD on the lives of those that suffer. Our volunteer team will also gather important information about public attitudes towards mental health, which will assist future anti-stigma and education projects to target their efforts more effectively.
The vast majority of OCD-UK services are volunteer led and we humbly recognise that without this voluntary effort the charity would be unable to meet its main aims and objectives. Our volunteers should never underestimate the contribution that they make to the development and services of OCD-UK. And we never undervalue the benefits of supporting and empowering our volunteers. To that end, this project offers free role relevant training, team building experiences and a regular 1:1 supervision structure.
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Boost your CV – You’ll receive role relevant training, some of which will be accredited, and all of which will improve your CV. This role will fill a gap in your work experience and we’re always happy to give volunteers a reference, where appropriate, after a 12 month volunteering period.
Improve your confidence – You’ll learn and do things that you might not normally get the chance to and this can be a real confidence boost.
Improve your health – Research has found that volunteering can do everything from helping you to sleep better to boosting your immune system.
Meet new people – Volunteering with people who are as passionate about a cause as you are, is a great way to meet like-minded people.
Find the right project volunteer role for you
Supporting project co-ordinator in managing regional volunteer team and project events.
Engaging with the general public about their own experiences of OCD/ sharing regional and national information, advice and guidance (IAG).
Supporting members of the general public in completing an OCD-UK and Time To Change (TTC) quiz after their discussion with an OCD spokesperson.
Providing cover for a combination of any of the above roles plus a degree of running (fetching equipment/ refreshments etc.)
Transporting project coordinator and project equipment from project lockup (Forest Fields, Nottingham) to events and back again.
Documenting events will photos and film/ Managing comments wall at events; an interactive mural for the general public to appropriately write on.
Experienced case studies/ sufferers now in recovery having been in receipt of evidence based therapies preferred to share their story with suitable regional press outlets, in line with OCD-UKs media policy and procedure.
Designing media to decorate project materials (roll up banners, events postcards, t-shirts, canvas bags etc.) N.B. We can use pre-existing artwork/ new artworks need to be handed in by beginning of April 2014.
The “Are You A Little Bit OCD?” Project is East Midlands based, however volunteers from other regions are welcome to get involved in this project, but OCD-UK can only refund a maximum of £10 towards your travel costs per day.
This project has been funded by Time to Change, England's biggest programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund.
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