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.