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How to co-design a mental health focused Volunteer Engagement Framework

November 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Heidi Prowse CEO of MIEACT (Mental health & well-being education & training providers) discusses the framework they created to focus on mental health in volunteer engagement.

Participating in community volunteering has a positive impact on an individual’s recovery journey Individuals choose to participate in volunteering roles for a variety of reasons.

It is important to create safe environments for both volunteers and those supporting them.

In 2019, MIEACT embarked on a co-design project to improve the way we recruit, train, engage and support their Volunteer Educators whose role is to deliver mental health education programs in the community.

Their volunteers share their own powerful stories of living with or caring for someone with a mental illness. The focus of the framework is to be recovery orientated and trauma informed that also meets the Australian Nationals Standards of Volunteering.

The MIEACT approach has seen a significant increase in Volunteer satisfaction and engagement rates.

This session takes participants through the framework and how to commence their own journey to focus on mental health in volunteer engagement.

About the Facilitator:

A woman of enormous capacity, tenacity and integrity, Heidi is a multi award winning community leader with over 10 years of transforming the NFP sector. As the CEO of MIEACT, Heidi leads the ACT’s primary mental health and well-being education provider supporting schools and workplaces to create mental healthy environments for all, delivered by a volunteer workforce who have a lived experience of mental illness. Heidi has been an active volunteer for most of her life. She co-founded Canberra’s 6500 Santa Speedo Shuffle with her husband and raised over $500,000 to support local families living with the condition. In her spare time you’ll find her court-side coaching various netball teams of all ages and is the President of South Canberra Netball.


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