Library Volunteers Training Opportunities

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Library Volunteer Training Opportunities

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Bereavement and Loss

As part of Wellbeing Month, and to recognise the increased need for bereavement support during the pandemic, we have been offered some bespoke training sessions for library staff and volunteers on bereavement and loss. The sessions will be run by the “As You Are” centre in Southwick via Zoom and will cover:

  • An introduction to theory around bereavement and loss.
  • COVID-specific loss, aiming to acknowledge the scale and complexity of the current pandemic.
  • Cultural differences around grief and mourning.
  • How to talk about death and dying.
  • Acknowledgement that the content may bring up personal losses (the trainers will be able to work with this and adapt the sessions if necessary).

Although this can sometimes be a difficult topic, the training will help library staff and volunteers to be able to talk about bereavement and loss with customers and colleagues, answer enquiries and signpost to helpful organisations.

We have been offered two three-hour sessions and one two-hour session on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 10 March 10.00am – 1.00pm (13 spaces left)
  • Wednesday 17 March 10.00am – 12.00pm (13 spaces left)
  • Wednesday 24 March 10.00am – 1.00pm (4 spaces left)

The three hour sessions will cover bereavement and loss theories in greater detail, including exploring how they can be useful when supporting someone who has been bereaved. 

Please let me know by Thursday 4 March if you would like to attend the first session, or by Thursday 11 March for the later dates. More information for participants will be sent out before the sessions. 

Staying Safe Online

Online Safety Webinars

Throughout March and April there is the opportunity for our Library Volunteers to attend some online safety webinars. The short webinars explore how to help safeguard adults when using the internet & digitally enabled technology. Their aim is to give you an overview of how to effectively safeguard adults online and how to utilise available resources to help and support them. They will include:

  • An awareness of current online activity & digital technology.
  • How to recognise safe online practices and behaviours.
  • Measures that can be put in place to safeguard yourself and others.
  • Identify the help/support and resources available.
  • Know how to report any concerns.

There are several different dates available and you can book a place by following the links below:

Please let me know if you sign up to attend, so that we can update your volunteer training record.

Keep West Sussex Safe