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 Do you want to be a Community Voice?

If you are a voluntary group working in Kirklees, NHS Kirklees CCG has free virtual training so you can work with the local NHS.

The Community Voices programme, delivered by Voluntary & Community (VAC), supports voluntary and community sector organisations to undertake training for their staff or volunteers to become accredited ‘Community Voices’ 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 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, spread over 4 sessions, 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. It also covers key information about equalities and safeguarding. Participants are asked to complete a practical task which involves 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 training runs on the following dates:

How to book

All sessions are held online through Zoom and last from 10 am – 12.30 pm. Attendees need to be able to commit to attending all 4 sessions.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Voice, please email engagement@cvac.org.uk .

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