COSA-NCADD works with volunteers in various capacities. Volunteers are the foundation of a community and make an impact! To learn more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact us at 334-262-1629 or info@cosancadd.org.

Recovery Support Volunteer (unpaid)

The Recovery Support Volunteer is an unpaid position and provides a variety of supports to members to assist and promote their recovery. They work alongside staff, peer support specialists and other volunteers. This position may lead to employment opportunities at COSA-NCADD. The role offers different opportunities depending on the skills and interests of the Volunteer and the current needs of the service such as:

  • Taking an active part in the practical running of the service e.g. meeting and greeting service members, basic administration tasks, helping to keep the service welcoming.
  • Providing positive informal social support to members.
  • Supporting members on a one-to-one basis in working towards their identified recovery goals.
  • Supporting members with other specified individual support depending on their recovery goals
  • Supporting members to access other services and resources e.g. this could include accompanying people to appointments and helping them fill in forms.
  • Facilitating support and/or activity groups for members.
  • Participating in or facilitating workshops and/or participating in the delivery of special events or activities.
  • Supporting members to access community facilities.
  • Supporting the ethos of co-production, through encouraging members to identify personal strengths and use these in participating in the running of the service.

During volunteering you will be expected to:

  • Work in accordance with COSA-NCADD’s policies and procedures
  • Keep accurate records.
  • Report regularly to your supervisor
  • Take part in team meetings.
  • Work purposefully to promote an ethos of co-production, hope and recovery.

* COSA-NCADD’s Volunteers’ Handbook outlines the basics, which will be covered in your induction and training. Any other general policies, as well as COSA-NCADD’s other policies and procedures that are relevant to your role, will also be covered in your induction and training.

Skills and experience required:

  • A keen interest in mental health and wellbeing
  • An open mind and a non-judgmental approach to people
  • Basic literacy and good communication skills, including listening skills
  • Willingness to take part in training
  • Willingness to participate in team meetings and meetings with your supervisor.

COSA-NCADD request that Recovery Support Volunteers offer:

  • At least 4 hours per week of volunteering
  • You should be available to volunteer at the start of the shift or that your hours should finish at the end of the shift - i.e. not cutting across the middle of the day
  • 6-12 months of service

COSA-NCADD is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA).