Supporting the psychological wellbeing of our firefighters

  Posted on 18th October 2017 by Loralee Hyde in Event News, UFBA News

UFBA Leading Psychological Wellbeing Pilot Workshop

As part of our commitment to supporting volunteers, the UFBA has invested considerable resource over the last year on developing this new workshop which focuses on the wellbeing of brigade members.

The purpose is to:

  1. Create a culture and environment where it is safe to discuss psychological wellbeing
  2. Help people to get access to the right psychological wellbeing support and expertise when they need it.

At a UFBA Leading Psychological Wellbeing Workshop, you’ll discover:

Fire and Emergency NZ has endorsed this course as part of their Year One Volunteer Support Initiatives.

Damian D'CruzDamian D’Cruz facilitates the workshop. Damian from Mindspring specialises in leadership workshops for sporting and not-for-profit organisations and has designed and facilitated adult learning since 1992.

Damian has facilitated leadership training for the UFBA over the last five years. He has also run a successful coaching skills workshop for VSOs in Region 2 of Fire and Emergency NZ.

Pilot workshop

UFBA ran a 1.5 day pilot of this workshop for selected volunteer leaders including rural from representative areas around the country from 13-14 October.

2017 Leading Psychological Wellbeing Pilot Workshop

Pictured: Leading Psychological Wellbeing Pilot Workshop participants, October 2017

“Sadly, we still shy away from speaking about psychological wellbeing (or mental health) but we shouldn’t. The UFBA has developed a ‘Leading Psychological Wellbeing’ workshop which I was privileged to attend. If you get the opportunity, please apply. This workshop gives you the tools to make a difference in your brigade and teaches you how to have those hard conversations. A great workshop – well done UFBA for leading this initiative.”  Sandy Barnes, Te Aroha Volunteer Fire Brigade

UFBA Stakeholder Manager Ceara Owen-Perry says the key benefits for members attending the workshop are finding out how to enhance wellbeing by creating a safe and open culture and accessing the right tools and expertise to build station-wide psychological wellbeing support.

“This workshop is another example of the support the UFBA makes available to all firefighters to look after their psychological welfare. I found the course extremely informative regarding the tools and systems that Fire and Emergency NZ have created to support the welfare of all staff and how to create a culture within the fire brigade that it’s OK to talk about our emotions. I fully endorse this UFBA course and encourage all to attend.”  Phillip Mackay, Fairlie Volunteer Fire Brigade

Applying for a UFBA Leading Psychological Wellbeing Workshop

Following the pilot, we are reviewing the workshop based on feedback from the participants.

We will let members know the dates of 2018 workshops and how to apply.

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