Volunteering for the ‘OCD at School’ project

“My daughter’s OCD took far too long to diagnose. I now get great satisfaction out of giving short awareness talks on OCD to teachers at schools.” (Kitty, Volunteer School Speaker)

With an average delay of around 12 years between onset and diagnosis of OCD, a huge number of young people are struggling for a long time before being offered the support they require at school. The OCD at School project is helping to combat this by educating school staff on OCD, how to spot signs of OCD and how to support learners with OCD.

We are currently looking for London-based School Speakers to undertake visits to their local schools and talk to staff about OCD and its impact on learners. The role will involve:

  • Contacting local schools to arrange staff speaker sessions
  • Delivering short, informal talks on OCD to school staff
  • Maintaining relationships with visited schools
  • Supporting other aspects of the project according to interest and expertise

You may or may not have OCD but an interest in OCD and/or education is a must. In addition, you should have good public speaking skills, basic IT and literacy skills, and a non-judgemental attitude. But, training and shadowing will be provided, so the main thing you need to have is enthusiasm!

If you are interested in joining our OCD at School project, please fill out the application form and either email it to trish@ocdaction.org.uk or post it to: Trish Macleod, Project Manager, OCD Action, Suite 506-507 Davina House, 137-149 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7ET. The full role description and application form can be found below. All applications should be received by 13th August.

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