• PSYV

About Volunteering in PSYV


Pre-Session Info

As part of the Initial Training Programme, each group should parade at the start and end of each session. A parade should consist of basic drill training to prepare YV’s for their passing out parade. Information and guidance on drill can be found here.

Introduction

This resource guides you through Module 1, Unit 1 Initial Training Programme (Activity 3).

Outcomes

On completion PSYV's will:

  • Understand more about the role of volunteering

  • Learn about the unique responsibilities and expectations associated with volunteering in PSYV.

Location

Group room or classroom

Duration

It is anticipated that you will require 1 hour to deliver this lesson. Please consider any time you require to plan/prepare by going over the lesson plan in advance.

Resources

Access to information on volunteering such as the Volunteer Scotland website

Activity 1: Perceptions & Stereotypes

Split into small groups of 4 or 5 with a large sheet of paper (e.g. flipchart) and pens and ask each group to create a stereotypical image of a volunteer. The image must depict the following:

  • The role/job the person does

  • Which organisation they volunteer for

  • Age

  • Gender

  • What they wear

When finished each group will make up a small story about their volunteer. At this point we're not trying to make judgements about the work each group produces, but we are trying to identify some of the myths and stereotypes. Therefore it's good to ask questions about:

  • where the idea came from?

  • how true they think that is of volunteering today (is it an old or current perception?)

  • what would change their view or the stereotype?

Activity 2: Myth Busting

PRE-PLANNING – IF YOUR GROUP CANNOT ACCESS THE INTERNET IN SESSION, PLEASE SET THIS AS A TASK FOR EITHER THE WHOLE GROUP OR A REPRESENTATIVE FROM EACH OF THE 3 SUB-GROUPS SO YOU CAN COMPLETE THE REST OF THE ACTIVITY AS BELOW.

With access to the internet or using information you've printed off in advance, search the Volunteer Scotland website to see how many opportunities are available within a 10 to 15 mile radius of your location.

Look through the results and identify the following:

  • The most unusual opportunities

  • Opportunities working with young people

  • Opportunities working with the elderly

  • Opportunities suitable for young people

  • Opportunities where training/learning new skills is offered

  • Opportunities where you live (e.g. within a mile)

  • Opportunities that would look good on your CV and help you get a job.

Bring everyone back together to discuss whether these results dispel the myths about volunteering - has it changed anyone's views?

Activity 3: The World is Your Oyster

Volunteering doesn't have to be local, there are many opportunities which give you valuable experiences in other parts of the UK or abroad. Give the group a challenge for the following week to see if they can find an opportunity further afield which would interest them. Make sure you stress not to apply - this is just a fact finding mission. The following week each member can do a short one minute presentation on what they discovered and why it interests them.

PSYV Award Assessment

FOR THOSE COMPLETING THE CREDIT RATED PSYV AWARD ON MOODLE

This assessment is in the form of a quiz which will require the youth volunteers to carry out research on the Volunteer Scotland website to allow them to answer the questions. Please brief the Youth Volunteers as follows:

  • The quiz can be accessed on Moodle under ‘Module 1, Initial Training Programme / About Volunteering in PSYV / About Volunteering Quiz.

  • The quiz consists of 5 questions.

  • The pass mark is 4 out of 5.

  • They have two attempts to complete. After this their AV mentor will require to review their answers and assist them with the learning prior to allowing them to re-try the quiz.

  • The brief prior to the quiz explains what the YV’s are required to do.

  • Prior to starting the quiz will require them to click on a link/navigate to the Volunteer Scotland website and keep this open in the background.

  • Each question will require the Youth Volunteer to search/navigate the Volunteer Scotland website to find the answers.

Review

Once you have delivered this session, complete this review.

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