Colette Mumford, Volunteer Tutor
"I joined the Self Care Management Team as a volunteer five years ago following my attendance on a course. This free NHS course ran for six weekly sessions for anyone living with a long term health condition and this allowed me to come to terms with my illness and I saw how I could help others by getting involved.
I became a member of a 15-strong volunteer team which provides people with the help to take more care of their health by learning new skills to manage their condition better on a daily basis. On average I facilitate eight courses a year which consist of two and a half hourly sessions once a week. As a facilitator of this course I find it very rewarding to see how individuals who attend have an increase in confidence, and motivation and see how they learn to cope better with their long term health condition by improving pain management and making lifestyle changes.
I feel well supported by the approachable staff and would recommend volunteering to anyone."