Volunteer

As a small charity we are reliant upon the generosity of our volunteers for the time they give us and the expertise they bring.

There are a number of roles you could fulfil as a DrugFAM volunteer:

Support Group Volunteer

One of the key parts of DrugFAM’s services are our video support groups.  The groups offer a safe place for people who have a loved one who misuses drugs, alcohol or gambling to share their experiences and find the strength to move forward with their lives through the support of others in similar situations.

We are looking for passionate dedicated volunteers to help our Group Leaders to facilitate our support groups.  Without our group volunteers we would be unable to run many of our groups.  

You will be fully trained over a four week period (on average) to give you the confidence and knowledge to be able to attend a group meeting and take notes that you will then copy into our client database at the end of the meeting. 

Our expectation is that you make a commitment of two and a half hours one evening a week (two hours to attend the group meeting and thirty minutes maximum to input your notes into the database).

To apply please complete and submit an application form (link below) after which you will be invited to an informal video interview. take notes 

Helpline Volunteer

DrugFAM’s key service is our helpline, which is a vital source of support for many of our clients.  The helpline is available 7 days a week between 9am and 9pm.

We are looking for passionate dedicated volunteers to take Helpline calls and engage with people in need of empathy and understanding. 

You will be fully trained over a three month period (on average) to build up your confidence and knowledge. You’ll be required to understand our policies and procedures, trained in basic counselling and listening skills using case studies, role play,  course work and listening into calls between a client and a member of staff.  You will then take calls with our  trainer listening followed by solo calls and the ability to discuss afterwards. Once you and the trainer are confident, you will be signed off and provided with ongoing mentoring and support.

Our expectation is that you make a commitment of at least one two hour shift every week either during the day, evening or weekend. We appreciate that this will vary due to work commitments, family life and holidays but to do less isn’t productive for  the client or for you. Where possible you should attend  our monthly meetings  and ongoing training.

To apply please complete and submit an application form (link below)  after which you will be invited to an informal video interview. 

Operations & Administration Volunteer

We are always looking for people to help with the smooth running of the charity.  We are grateful for any time you might be able to spare to work on a variety of ongoing and ad hoc projects and pieces of work. 

If you are interested in this type of volunteering please complete and submit an application form (link below) after which you will be invited to an informal video meeting to discuss.

Trustee

DrugFAM is looking for committed individuals to expand our range of trustee skills. We require motivated, committed and active people who have a proven success in their field. Trustees are expected to contribute to the Board by supporting strategic direction, strategic evaluation and analysis and providing overall effective leadership. The trustee role is also accountable to ensuring the administration and financial stability of the charity.

If you are interested in having a conversation to learn more and explore your suitability for the role please complete and submit an application form (link below) after which you will be invited to an informal video meeting.

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