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Volunteer with SMART

We aim to help people make positive changes to their lives, by encouraging growth, connection, community and recovery.

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.

We value our volunteers

“Volunteers are essential in enabling SMART to deliver successful and sustained outcomes for our service users. Your time, skills and personalities are integral to SMARTs achievements.”

Cath Hoskins, CEO

We offer a range of advice, support and training to all our volunteers.   You are a vital part of the team.

Volunteering Opportunities

We are always looking for volunteers, whether you want to make a positive difference in your community, gain professional experience, or become part of an inspiring team.

We have a range of volunteering opportunities and roles across our services: there is something to suit everyone. Click here to find the types of activities that you can get involved in.

How to apply

Get in touch with your local service and ask to speak to the Volunteer Coordinator who can:

  • Answer your questions
  • Talk you through the process of applying to become a volunteer

Volunteer Roles

Central  Join our central team and help us with:

  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Marketing
  • Copy writting
  • Blogging
Administration
  • Assisting with general office/reception duties
  • Producing standard letters and basic computer updating
  • Designing leaflets
  • Welcoming service users
  • Answering the phone
  • General office duties
Drop-In Support
  • Supporting the day drop-in sessions.
  • Giving brief advice and support
  • Referring service users to a staff member if they require more in-depth support
Group Co-Facilitation Part of the holistic approach to addiction and recovery is a variety of groups available to our service users. If you have an interest in this and are willing to learn this could be for you. The groups include Peer Support, Relapse Prevention, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Alcohol Awareness, Harm Reduction, and Managing Emotions.
Volunteer Counsellors Help us provide a confidential counselling service for service users. You will be expected to:

  • See a maximum of three service users weekly and each is usually offered twelve sessions
  • Complete all necessary paper work and maintain records
  • Have your own external supervision at your own cost
  • Be in your final year of diploma course or equivalent
  • Have completed 50 hours face-to-face counselling
  • Commitment to supervision
  • Provide references
  • Undergo an enhanced DBS check
One-to-One Support Assisting in care-coordination by:

  • Calling service users and other services to check on progress
  • Providing appointment slots with care coordinators
  • Accompany recovery workers/care co-ordinators with home visitS
  • Delivering brief interventions to low risk Service Users
  • Acting as an advocate when service users are nervous about attending appointments
  • Escorting Service Users to rehab
  • Help with basic literacy needs such as completing forms
Recreational Activities
  • Facilitating and supporting Service Users take part outdoor activities
  • Taking them to cinema, gym, walks, gardening.
  • Taking Service Users to meetings in the community (can include weekends)
Anything else you are skilled in If you have a skill or idea you are keen to share, would love to hear from you. Please get in touch.
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