Volunteers are vital to the ARC. Using volunteer's experiences as an asset to shape the project enables beneficiaries to become active agents not simply recipients of a service. ARC volunteers are from a wide range of backgrounds, many have or continue to work towards their own recovery and understand the impact of alcohol on people, families and the community.
ARC volunteers deliver two essential outcomes:
- They act as a role model and motivator for others who are early in their recovery, showing overcoming an addiction is possible.
- Volunteering provides a mechanism for people who have overcome an addiction and want to give something back: utilising their unique knowledge and delivering a more meaningful experience of volunteering. Training and development is on-going, which improves the future employment prospects of the recovery volunteer and enhances their own recovery capital.
We are particularly proud of our Recovery Coach programme. The Recovery Coach is a motivator who is available to service users on a 1:1 basis for 1-2 hours per week for six months. They will provide support with issues such as social, personal and community support structures and focus on improving health and well-being. Looking at service users strengths, as opposed to weaknesses, the Recovery Coach will motivate the service user to recognise areas that need development and set realistic goals. Goals will vary depending on the individuals strengths but areas covered are often access to training, employment, housing and community services. These goals not only improve a person's life choices, physical health and emotional well-being but also encourage them to engage with people from non-problematic drinking circles. This is a positive factor in reducing stigma and also extremely beneficial to the service users family members, friends and the wider community.
If your interested in volunteering please fill in the form below