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Working for SMART

Volunteer With Us

At SMART we spend our time supporting people in making positive changes to their lives and reducing the destructive impact of drugs and alcohol on people and our community.

We couldn’t do this without the support of our volunteers: People like you who give their time and energy to help people to turn their lives around.   But the relationship works both ways.  We work hard to make sure our volunteers learn new skills and get the support they need. 

How can you volunteer?

 

 

 


 

 

In a SMART Office:

You give:

 

You get:

 

Requirements:

  • Whatever time you can
  • Help with office tasks such as answering the phone, filing etc
  • Get experience of working in an office
  • Flexible hours
  •  Enthusiasm

 

 

 


As a Volunteer:

You give:

 

You get:

 

Requirements:

  • Support to our open access services
  • One-to-one client support
  • Help our team to run clinics, groups and projects.
  • Great work experience for anyone interested in working in the sector
  • Flexible hours to suit you including evenings and weekends
  • further learning and development
  • management supervision
  • potential to work with own case load of clients (area specific)
  • Enhanced DBS (Can be arranged when you join)
  • Completion of induction training.

 

 

As a Recovery Supporter:

You give:

 

You get:

 

Requirements:

  • peer support to clients using your own experiences
  • great work experience for anyone interested in working in this sector
  • support in own recovery
  • supervision
  • potential to progress.
  • Drug/alcohol problem free for 6 months.
  • No recorded convictions for last 6 months.
  • However people will be assessed according to their individual circumstances.

Visit our mentoring pages to find out more...

As a Volunteer Counsellor:

You give:

 

You get:

 

Requirements:

  • Your time and experience to a number of clients
  • Vital counselling support to clients
  • To work with your own caseload of clients
  • Real work experience
  • Regular management supervision
  • Flexible hours to suit you including evenings and weekends.
  • Working towards (or have) counselling Diploma Level 2
  • Enhanced DBS (Can be arranged when you join)

Training and Development

Depending on the type of volunteering you do, you are entitled to a range of training and support:

Level 1:

  • Boundaries and Conduct
  • Effective Communication
  • Confidentiality
  • Policies & Procedures

Level 2:

  • Drug awareness
  • Alcohol awareness
  • Office conduct

Level 3:

Area specific but can include:
  • Counselling skills
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Assessment training
  • etc.

Find out more

Get in touch with the Programme Coordinator at your local service: