Become a Lay Leader

Each Help Yourself to Health workshop is facilitated by two trained, volunteer lay leaders, who have health problems of their own. Workshops are highly interactive, focusing on building skills, sharing experiences, instilling confidence, and providing support.

Qualifications to be a lay leader

  • Must have at least one chronic health condition
  • Must be literate and able to follow a detailed, scripted manual
  • Must have experience with, and be comfortable talking to groups
  • Motivation to lead should come from wanting to serve others, not to earn money

What is expected of lay leaders?

  • Lay leaders must attend a five-day training session to learn how to deliver a workshop
  • Lay leaders must be willing to co-facilitate at least four workshops per year
  • Workshops are held once a week for 2-1/2 hours over a six-week period.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people will attend the workshop?

A maximum of 20 people. The program works best with 16-20 people.

Will I be compensated for volunteering as a lay leader?

Each site determines whether or not a stipend will be offered to volunteer lay leaders.

Is transportation provided?

Transportation is not provided.

What is a “zero” session?

A zero session is an introduction and orientation to the workshop, which takes place before the first session of the 6-week workshop series.

How will I be notified and scheduled to facilitate a workshop?

You will be contacted by PCA staff or by a collaborating organization when your services are needed. Once confirmed, a letter with instructions will follow.


If you are interested in becoming lay leader, please contact PCA’s Program Management Department at 215-765-9000 ext. 5134.

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