Course Information

Volunteer Wellbeing and Resilience – stay safe, stay well

Dates:                                      Friday 22nd Feb – Sunday 24th Feb 2019

Start time (anticipated):        2000hrs Friday evening

Programme:                           A more detailed programme will be added shortly.

Venue:                                    Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine FK10 4BE

This is a new event – if you have any questions regarding the workshop then please feel free to email in the first instance.


What will be covered

As volunteer responders we all want to stay safe and stay well, and those around us also play a key part in this: our families, our teams and national organisations. We know that staying safe and staying well can be challenged by the tasks we are often asked to perform or the incidents we are exposed to during incidents for a variety of reasons. The impacts can be wide-ranging and there are ways to deal with these.

The workshop will give an opportunity to gain a mix of skills, information, and discussion on the topics associated with the wellbeing and resilience of volunteer responders. It will offer a forum to share experiences and learn from peers; it will provide examples and pathways to support resources. We will describe and then discuss the UKSAR Wellbeing Framework and the key elements of the individual, the family, the team and the organisation. Using the framework, we will explore how teams could use this in a structured approach to developing appropriate wellbeing practice to suit local circumstances. 

Who is this weekend for?

This weekend is aimed at those in teams who have an interest in, or responsibility for, the wellbeing of their members. This should be particularly of relevance to team officers (eg Team Leaders, Training Officers, Medical Officers), but also any member who wishes to champion good wellbeing within the team. The invitation to attend is extended to interested family members/partners, particularly if a team is unable to send a team member (perhaps because of other training commitments). We will have to prioritise representation from all teams if spaces become limited. No prior knowledge is needed – but a willingness to take the points learned/discussed back to teams is important.

Who will be delivering sessions?

A significant input to the workshop will be delivered/facilitated by Gill Moreton from Lifelines Scotland and Steve Penny, SMR Wellbeing Officer. They have wide experience of wellbeing and resilience issues and will include practical sessions on staying well and supporting your colleagues. Police Scotland will provide a session on the details of the Employee Assistance Programme. Other sessions will include discussions around the UKSAR Wellbeing Framework and how that may be used within teams; involving families to a greater extent; insurance; benevolent fund; and examples and ideas from others.


Accommodation and meals will be provided.

Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003