Addictions Support & Counselling (ASC) - Falkirk

Charity registered in Scotland SC023353

We offer services to anyone who:

· is living in Forth Valley
· is aged 16 years or over
· has a substance misuse problem or is affected by someone else’s
· wants to change their substance misuse problem
· wants to change someone else’s substance misuse problem

We also offer counselling services for anyone who is affected by gambling problems.

Service users can refer themselves.

We accept referrals from any organisation, service or professional who encounters someone who is affected by a substance misuse problem. In making a referral we would ask that the referring agent gives as much information as possible about the person’s readiness and commitment to engage with our services.

Current opportunity

Purpose of Role • To promote recovery from addiction to alcohol, drugs or any other type of addictive behaviour throughout Forth Valley. • Encourage and support people with problematic alcohol and / or drug use to access and get involved with recovery initiatives and support services. • Encourage and support people in recovery to come together for mutual support and development of their own recovery. • To be an ambassador for recovery as an active member of the Forth Valley Recovery Community. What you will be doing • Participate in the planning and delivery of therapeutic Recovery Cafés and other activities across the Forth Valley area. • Fulfil a variety of roles within the Recovery Café to provide a safe, welcoming and beneficial experience to all. • Provide support, experience and signposting to individuals seeking recovery. • Take part in the planning and delivery of ad hoc and more regular events to promote recovery in the community and provide meaningful opportunities to people in recovery. Experience and qualities needed • Have lived experience of addiction and recovery or family/friend of someone who has lived experience • Have a positive attitude • Be able to stick to commitments made and be open and honest at all times • Be sensitive and tactful in your dealings with all as a Recovery Volunteer and show empathy and a non-judgemental attitude, showing respect for yourself and others at all times • Must be punctual for all appointments or committed to giving prior notice of non-attendance • Recovery Volunteers should be 3 months clear of problematic alcohol use and / or 6 months clear of illicit or non-prescribed drug use. Individuals on prescribed medication are welcome as long as they using medication as prescribed by medical professional. Substitute prescribing will be reviewed on an individual basis. Each nomination will be assessed on an individual basis at the discretion of the Recovery Development Worker with a view to people demonstrating a level of stability and positive engagement with services and recovery. We do not want to pressure people or “set people up to fail” but as this volunteering opportunity comes with a level of responsibility we need to ensure all volunteers are capable of fulfilling these criteria • Recovery Volunteers will be expected to complete a core (3 day) Training Course. Take extra Training as directed. All volunteers will go through a PVG Disclosure Process • Be able to operate as part of team and on their own initiative under supervision • Behave in accordance with all Policies and Procedures of Forth Valley Recovery Community Volunteers at all times When and where? • After completion of training Recovery Volunteers will be expected to make themselves available for at least one Recovery Café Session per week. We will work closely with volunteers to ensure all their engagements are suitable to the individual and not interfering with any other commitments. Each Recovery Café Session will last for 4-5 hours and volunteers will be expected to attend at least 15 minutes before Café begins. • Be punctual and demonstrate good time management • Attend regular group meetings of Forth Valley Recovery Community Volunteers for management and supervision purposes and attend any further training as required What do you get in return? • Recovery Volunteers will be reimbursed all travel expenses incurred on Forth Valley Recovery Community business. • Real Training opportunities that suit you and your aspirations • A chance to boost your own recovery and give something back • Regular support and supervision and ongoing self-development • Fun • A chance to be a valued member of the Forth Valley Recovery Community