One of CheckPoint’s objectives is to get out into the general community to promote both mental health and wellbeing, alongside games and interactive technology. We are booking new events all the time, and we are always looking for volunteers to help us make our events a success! We’ve found that our volunteers find the experience both rewarding and an enriching way to experience conventions from a new perspective.
One of the main initiatives we conduct is our convention wellness initiative called The CheckPoint. The objectives for our rooms are:
- Provide attendees with opportunities for positive social interaction.
- Connect attendees with useful mental health and wellbeing resources, passively through handouts and interactively through activities.
- Help attendees to chill out in a space away from the bustle and interaction of the convention.
The CheckPoint is a safe and supportive space where attendees can come and chill out, take a break from the hustle and bustle of the convention and maybe learn a thing or two about mental health. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for everyone to have a positive social interaction and be connected with useful mental health and wellbeing resources. We have two levels of volunteering – General and Supervisory.
Our awesome volunteers will help us provide a welcoming and supportive environment for convention attendees by working up to two short shifts in the room (usually around 3 hours per shift). You’ll welcome people to the room, mention the activities available, and encourage people to keep the room a chilled-out space. Our general volunteers need not be mental health professionals, just people who are keen to get involved in an awesome experience. We conduct induction sessions prior to every event, which will provide you with all the information and training you need to feel confident and capable in your role as a CheckPoint volunteer.
In addition to all the activities of general volunteers, our supervisors will oversee the activities of the room. While the supervisor’s role isn’t to provide counseling, supervisors are responsible for supporting volunteers and dealing with issues escalated to them by volunteers. Given the responsibility, our supervisors should have:
- Minimum ASIST, Mental Health First Aid or equivalent (in training or experience).
- Experience working supporting people to a specific procedure & supervising volunteers (or staff).
- Excellent boundaries, and be confident in a crisis.
Are you interested in volunteering? Please join our volunteer register here, and we will be in touch with events and opportunities coming up!