Aberdeen in Recovery (AiR) was granted Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) charitable status in March this year. We are now looking to find talented, passionate and skilled people to fill some vacant seats on our Board of Trustees to help us grow and develop our innovative and solution focused new charity. This is a unique opportunity to help lay the foundations to ensure AiR has a long-term future as a charity with solid processes in place to ensure it meets its mission of:
“To be a bridge from ‘dependence’ to ‘independence’ for the individual seeking to recover from problematic substance use and addictive behaviours”.
This is such an exciting and invigorating prospect for individuals to get involved and be participant in the tsunami of change which is now gaining momentum and being driven by “Experts by Experience” and the vibrant Lived Experienced Communities which are blossoming, not only locally but are now established as a national phenomena.
Since its conception, AiR and its members have worked tirelessly to establish and build collaborative relationships with professional services and third sector support agencies. We have consistently driven the message that individuals who have personal lived/living experience of active substance use, including Family members who have been affected by the addictive behaviours of a loved one, and the Recovery Communities they represent have something valid, essential and extremely beneficial to bring to described Recovery Orientated Systems of Care (ROSC). We can provide existing services and clinical structural systems with resources, skills and capabilities that they, no matter how much effort, time and money they invest, will never be able to offer or provide.
So, it gives the greatest of pleasure to see this is now recognised on the highest levels that “Recoverists” can productively contribute to the design, development and delivery of truly person-centred ROSC. This being evidenced by the vision, philosophy and content of the Scottish Governments “Rights, Respect and Recovery” Drug and Alcohol Strategy.
We also believe it is reaffirmed by the recent success in being granted funding from the Government’s National Development Fund, with our principle partner Alcohol and Drugs Action (ADA), for our ‘Recovery Peer Pathway’ joint two-year project. This collaborative venture will build on three years of pilot work to further establish and build proactive and productive Developmental Pathways within ADA and their Volunteer network while in synergy with AiR membership for individuals who desire to initiate change in their behaviours and outlook as they progress on their recovery journeys within, and imperatively out-with, statutory and formal support services.
We believe that the blue sky thinking behind this project categorically and emphatically fits with the expectations, outcomes and concepts of the above Government policy.
So, if you have lived experience, or a stakeholder interest, and a passion for recovery and are willing to give of yourself that another may learn, you will not find a better opportunity to indulge your appetite than from within Aberdeen in Recovery.
For more information please contact Dermot Craig, Recovery Community Development Manager at E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel.: 01224 638342 / Mobile: 07751 213108.
The State Hospital is one of four high secure psychiatric hospitals in the UK. located in South Lanarkshire. the principal aim is to rehabilitate patients all of whom are detained in the hospital under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act (2003).
The State Hospital is keen to identify opportunities to enhance service deliver; taking advantage of opportunities available via external funding where appropriate and given the current financial constraints, the hospital is experiencing significant financial challenges in relation to enhancing patients' experiences. As a volunteer you will help provide support to access and secure additional funding through grants, bursaries, charitable donations etc. and help engage with patients, carers, staff and other volunteers, supported by the Involvement and Equality Team. Additionally, volunteers will be asked to contribute to reports and on occasion, attend a number of internal meetings including the Involvement and Equality Steering Group, Support Healthy Choices Implementation Group, and Patient Partnership Group. Volunteers may also be asked to contribute to presentations and attend external events which promote and share best practices.
The hospital works collaboratively with Forensic Network partners and other supporting organisations e.g. Health Improvement Scotland, Scottish Health Council and Volunteer Scotland.
People are reqired to visit police stations to check on welfare of detainees held in custody.
The visitors will speak to the people in custody and check that they are being treated fairly and within the law - e.g. they have been offered food and drink, are warm, have they been offered access to a lawyer ect.
Visitors are paired up and go together to do visits. Visits are arranged between the two volunteers and we ask that visits are conducted on different days and at different times.
The 70/30 Campaign is aiming to reduce child abuse and neglect by 70% by 2030. As a 70/30 Ambassador you will be empowering your local community to protect our children by spreading awareness and gaining support to prevent child abuse and neglect from happening in the first place. You will gain new skills, and be part of a large network of volunteers and professionals, while making a real difference in your local community and across the UK.
The role is very flexible and depends on your skills and on the needs in your local area, but you can take part in a range of activities, such as: spreading awareness with people you know and on social media; fundraising; organising events; engaging with MPs, MSPs, AMs and councillors; engaging with local press; expanding your local 70/30 group.
Ambassadors will take part in a training session with a member of the team and are invited to join the monthly national conference call with other ambassadors across the country. Ambassadors usually give 2 or more hours of their time a week, but get in touch if you are interested and don't have much time available as there is always some way you can help!
Please visit our website and complete the form to become an ambassador today at www.70-30.org.uk or contact Isobel Dawson, 70/30 Ambassador Aberdeen at E Mail: email@example.com
The State Hospital Board for Scotland are looking for an individual with experience of using British Sign Language (BSL) to help support the provision of activities for patients using BSL within the Skye Centre which offers various activities such as animal assisted therapy, horticulture, sports and fitness, arts and crafts, education, library, shop, cafe and social events.
The volunteer would work in conjunction with a range of staff to provide support to patients who use BSL who may be admitted to the hospital.
The State Hospital is one of four high secure psychiatric hospitals in the UK, located in South Lanarkshire. The principal aim is to rehabilitate patients all of whom are detained in the hospital under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act (2003).
Responsibilities will include: Ensuring the meetings are effectively organised. Ensuring the effective flow of business between committees. Providing information and data, or obtaining it from others. Ensuring actions are assigned by the committee to appropriate individuals. Upholding the requirements of governing documents; advising the Chair. Knowledge of mental health and substance use desirable.
Community Lived Experience for Alcohol and drugs Recovery (CLEAR) provides peer support for people in Midlothian aged 18 and over with substance use problems who want to work towards positive mental wellbeing. Our volunteers are people with lived experience of substance use who are now in recovery.
The service also offers: a weekly drop-in focusing on activities, socialising and informal discussions around addiction and mental wellbeing and a dedicated women’s peer support worker, who can offer support, information and guidance to women with substance use problems, criminal justice and/or mental health issues in Midlothian.