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).