Older People Living with Cancer

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Our First Training Session with our Peer Support Volunteer Advocates at Age Connects Cardiff & the Vale

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Angela Jones and Joanne King of Cardiff Cancer, Older People & Advocacy project recently carried out their first training for volunteers. There were three volunteers who were very keen and engaged well with the subject matter and the trainers.

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An evaluation form was handed out at the end of the second day and completed on site.

 

The evaluation form encompassed four questions that had a scale of 1-5 (1 being totally disagreed and 5 being totally agree). We are pleased to say that we scored 5 on all the questions which were:

  1. Found the course interesting and productive.
  2. The course has met my expectations.
  3. I felt encouraged and able to contribute.
  4. I am satisfied on how the course was run.

 

Joanne King on the left and Angela Jones on the right with the 3 new volunteers

Joanne, Margaret, Juliet, Karla and Angela

At the end the volunteers were invited to give general comments which included:

“Examining the various stages of the cancer journey was useful as everyone has a different experience.”

“Excellent in every way.”

“The information given was clear and well delivered and I was made to feel valued and supported.”

“The scenarios made me really think about how I would handle a particular situation.”

“Because I work it would have been better for me if the training was covered in one day.”

It is always difficult to gauge how a first training session will evolve and all of us are on a constant learning curve but it was a great experience for both trainers to be part of that process.

Laura Thomas, Age Connects Cardiff & the Vale

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Author: Marie McWilliams

OPAAL's National Development Officer

One thought on “Our First Training Session with our Peer Support Volunteer Advocates at Age Connects Cardiff & the Vale

  1. Very useful. This will help me a great deal when I am planning sessions, particularly which areas might need more time, for example examining cancer journeys. Its also good to have an idea of what time suits people – 2 hour or one whole day session. Useful things to consider.

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