Volunteering: Training Day
Over the course of two weeks in June, all Chinese local staff from Changsha Care Centre took part in a training programme. This was organised by the local staff with the contribution of some international volunteers: Matthew and Rachel Pitt, and Juanita Pretorius.
A range of classes was run by the local staff, from learning to perform CPR, to moving and handling children with disabilities and self-care while the international volunteers shared their professional areas of expertise.
Training Day with International Volunteers
On this day, half the staff at Changsha Care Centre attended the full-day training at the Lighthouse Children’s Centre.
Session on “Back Care” and “Using Equipment”
Our Occupational Therapists, Rachel and Juanita led sessions on ‘back care’ and ‘using equipment’.
Rachel (2nd from right) and Juanita (3rd from right) taking staff through how to use a hoist.
The staff refreshed their previous training on the use of certain equipment such as wheelchairs, hoists and standing frames; on how to protect their backs when moving and handling children and equipment.
Session on “Self-Care”
This session was led by Matthew, our international volunteer.
Matt training staff on self-care
It examined how best to look after ourselves in a holistic way, thinking about our mind, body and soul. It was an interactive session with lots of discussions and useful advice.
The international staff, throughout the training, spoke in English, ably translated by Mr Song.
“This was new for me to do this kind of training for staff in a different language, particularly because my training style is facilitative and therefore involves a lot of discussions.
“It can be difficult to gain a full understanding of what is being said when it is translated through another person. It is interesting to me how in Chinese culture the mind is also likened to the heart. For example, it was much easier to talk about the activities that helped nurture both mind and soul, then to think of them as separate parts.”
Throughout the training, the staff enjoyed the hands-on experience of practising to use hoists, with good feedback for the self-care session as it was practical and applicable.
Rachel (1st from left) looks on as the staff (including Manager, Liu Yuan Man in the hoist) practise using a hoist