We would like to introduce the Inclusion Volunteer Scheme.

Inclusion’s new model brings in some exciting changes; people are able to get involved earlier in their recovery journey and can now progress further by becoming a Volunteer Recovery Worker.

The Volunteer scheme is underpinned by our core principles;

  • Participation grows recovery
  • All lived experience is valid and valued
  • You do not have to be fully recovered or have had a drug or alcohol problem to help
  • Giving, Learning, Connecting is good for you (with safeguards)
  • Our mentors and volunteers complement paid staff they do not replace them
  • No-one should be out of pocket or burned out from working for us
  • Match skills and abilities to roles
  • Match training and support to levels of responsibility
  • Everyone is not suited to all types of work
  • We want a transparent system that everyone understands
  • Confidentiality and the perception of confidentiality needs to be maintained
  • Too much responsibility too early can be hazardous for all concerned
  • Boundaries need to be practised (with support) to be learned
  • Time limits are a guide – individualised progress
  • Learn and develop at your own pace with guidance
  • If someone relapses we will continue to support their development
  • I wasn’t sure if volunteering was for me, so I started slowly at first as I was quite nervous to do something new. My supervisor was great, he encouraged me and made me see all I had to offer. I have now been doing it for 10 months and haven’t looked back. Being able to give back to people when they need the positivity and hope of a different life is very humbling.

As a volunteer you will receive comprehensive training to ensure you work within your area of confidence and competence. Once in place as a volunteer you would receive full supervision, support and relevant on-going training. All roles are subject to cleared criminal record check (DBS) and any necessary Risk Assessments

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer?