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School of Volunteers and Carers

This will focus on providing education, training and development support to volunteers and unpaid carers, as a core and important part of the broader workforce. There will be a skills development portfolio on offer.

Balance Programme for volunteers and carers

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Powys Health and Care Academy has teamed up with Phoenix Mindful Living to offer a free mindfulness-based living course to volunteers and unpaid carers to help improve their emotional wellbeing.

The Balance Programme includes sessions on:

  • Staying well

  • Self-care

  • Mindful living

  • Sharing experiences and support

For more information or to book your place, please contact Nikki Thomas-Roberts on:

If unpaid carers need respite support to allow them to attend this may also be possible to arrange.

Hospital support volunteers

Would you like to volunteer in a hospital setting? Are you a team player, with good communication skills and compassion? You could be a hospital support volunteer!

Powys Teaching Health Board is recruiting volunteers to place in hospitals throughout the county.

The overall aim of the role is to act as a motivator, befriender or support to the patients and therefore staff. The role will not include advocacy, counselling, discussions with relatives, clinical procedures or administration of medication or personal care duties.

For more information and to sign up, email:

Amser i Ni (Time For Us): Exchanging time - exchanging skills: Enabling communities

Amser i Ni is seeking to build ‘neighbourliness’ on the proven foundational basis of ‘Time-Banking’. Time-Banking goes back a long way, and owes its founding ethos to Robert Owen, the renowned Newtown-born philanthropist who inspired the Cooperative Movement.

At the heart of Time-Banking lies the equal exchange of time – put in an hour of labour and receive an hour of assistance in return. To coin a phrase: Both a borrower and a lender be!

Much like the cooperative ethos of one member one vote – all time in a Time-Bank is of equal worth, whatever the nature of the task undertaken. Time is exchanged across the community – your hour put in can be redeemed from a range of ‘time offers’, not simply exchanged with the person you helped. Everyone has something to give in return – and together we can do pretty much everything…

For more information and to sign up, visit the PAVO website


Making every contact count

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Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day to day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

MECC enables the opportunistic delivery of consistent and concise healthy lifestyle information and enables individuals to engage in conversations about their health at scale across organisations and populations.

MECC eLearning page

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For further information on the academy and its work please contact us. Email:

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