As psychosocial support has become an integrated activity in many National Societies, we have experienced an increasing number of requests for guidelines and tools on how to help our own volunteers and staff. In other words, how we should put on our own oxygen mask first before helping others, as they say on the airplane. This training provides a thorough introduction to the “Caring for Volunteers, a Psychosocial Support Toolkit,” which will help National Societies not only prepare volunteers but also support them during and after disasters, conflicts and other dramatic events. During this training the participants will get an understanding of psychosocial support and what the risks, resilience and protective factors for volunteers’ psychosocial well-being are. Further, participants will familiarize themselves with practical tools for self-care, peer support and Psychological First Aid, In addition, they will gain an understanding of how to set up psychosocial support systems for volunteers as well as monitor and evaluate volunteers’ efforts.
Programme Managers and staff responsible for volunteers