SDF trains people who have had substance use problems to interview people who currently have substance use problems about their experience or about the services they use. They know they are being understood and listened to by someone who has had similar experiences.
Full training and support is provided by SDF staff to give you the skills and confidence to carry out the role. You learn at your own pace and work on areas that interest you.
Volunteering as a peer researcher can involve: Running focus groups, designing questionnaires, Reviewing services, Interviewing service users.
SDF volunteers tell us they volunteer to: Attend a variety of events and meet new people, Access other SDF training and volunteer opportunities, Gain knowledge and skills on how to support research projects, Help improve services for people who use them, Eventually move on to other volunteering, education or employment.
Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is Scotland's national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues. Established in 1986, SDF is a membership-based organisation. We seek to lead and represent the drugs field in Scotland in order to improve Scotland's response to problem drug use. SDF works with policy makers, service planners and commissioners, service managers and staff as well as people who use or have used services to ensure service quality and evidence-based policy and practice. SDF's work involves joint and partnership working within the drugs field and related fields in Scotland and beyond and we welcome the active engagement of members and other stakeholders in our work. SDF's work is funded by a range of funders including the Scottish Government, The Big Lottery Fund, charitable trusts, health boards, local authorities and others.
The opportunity is peer research, and for someone to be a peer in this research project they need to have a history of substance use.
Experience required: A desire to help others; Good listening skills; Non judgemental; Motivated to learn new skills; Lived experience of substance use, An interest in improving or influencing service provision, Able to maintain a commitment to the group, Good time keeping.
Travel details: Weekly meetings are in Dundee city centre. Some volunteering will take place around Tayside. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Minimum age: 16
Expenses paid: Yes
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: 11am-2pm, The Cairn Centre, 12 Rattray Street, Dundee, DD1 1NA Lunch and travel expenses provided Contact Rebekah (0141 221 1175 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to register.
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