The Introduction to Community Development and Health (ICDH) course shows people how to make small changes to improve their own health and the health of their families and teaches them about local services, whilst giving them the confidence to seek them out and to use them.
It is a 15-week OCN accredited course delivered at levels 1 and 2.
The course is set up by local area partners such as the local community forum or voluntary community organisation which operate in an area with the help of NHS Sheffield and Sheffield City Council.
It is a way of starting off members of the community to understand themselves, their community and environment, making small changes in their lives, implementing health improvements through preventative measures and participating in public health activities.
To develop a deeper understanding of what health and wellbeing means to you, how everybody’s health and wellbeing influence your community and where you live.
To enable you to analyse your own personal strengths and abilities, reflect on areas that you want to develop, recognise your own qualities and how much you are of value in the community.
The programme empowers you to make your own informed choices, access services more appropriately and develop the skills and confidence to enable you to take advantage of opportunities which may become available.
The course is divided into 5 Topics.
The course is extremely creative using drawings, collages and photos to explore issues.
You will be guided to reflect and analyse issues in group discussions and journals.
You will be doing individual work as well as group activities during the session.
The course is delivered by people who have done the course themselves, made changes in their own personal lives and now have greater involvement in the area where they live. If you are capable of self-directed learning and your tutor confirms that you are producing higher level weekly work, there is opportunity to work at level 3.
Don’t worry if you have not been in education for sometime or have no formal qualifications. You will be assisted by supportive tutors and there will be opportunity to discuss with tutors the pace or level that is comfortable for you or if the course suit your needs.
If you're interested in ICDH, contact the Community Development and Health Programme, NHS Sheffield, 722 Prince of Wales Road, Sheffield S9 4EU or telephone 0114 3051352.