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Volunteering Opportunities

Sands Cymru welcomes anyone who wishes to volunteer at the project. If you are considering taking up a position as a volunteer, please do not hesitate to contact Rob Thomas, volunteer coordinator, either via email (rthomas@sandscymru.org) or telephone 01792 472002.

The intake of volunteers occurs every two to three months and each volunteer is expected to complete the induction programme prior to volunteering within the organisation. Below outlines the benefits of volunteering at Sands Cymru as well as the variety of tasks a volunteer will undertake.

Benefits of volunteering at Sands Cymru

  • Access to our comprehensive training programme
  • Gain invaluable experience working with individuals who have substance/alcohol misuse issues
  • Develop a hands on approach to how substance misuse/ alcohol misuse effects individual’s lives
  • Develop a broad knowledge on external factors that can have an impact on drug use.
  • The potential for individuals to gain specific experience of the dedicated teams in Sands Cymru
  • Enhance confidence of communicating with and engaging with a wide variety of individuals from all walks of life

Key Tasks

As a volunteer you will:

  • Advise on drug awareness, overdose prevention, safer injecting, safer sex practices and other harm reduction advice
  • Assist individuals to access services such as housing, benefits and wrap around services
  • Provide appropriate responses where people are distressed or in crisis
  • Complete referrals to onward agencies
  • Support practitioners with a caseload of service-users. This may involve working one-to-one with service-users. Appropriate training will be provided. (Please note volunteers will not work one-to-one with service-users until DBS checks have been completed)
  • Ensure that all service-user records are accurate and up to-date

Skills required

  • A non-judgemental and flexible attitude towards people with drug and alcohol problems
  • Excellent team working and interpersonal skills, and ability to adopt a highly flexible approach to supporting colleagues in achieving the organisation’s objectives
  • Ability to form positive and productive working relationships with external customers and partners
  • Excellent listening and oral communication skills
  • Some experience of working with people with substance and/or alcohol problems

What we can offer you

  • Working within an innovative service that helps to identify and support individuals who are experiencing substance or alcohol misuse issue
  • Group-work facilitation
  • A full local and organisational induction
  • Access to a volunteer-specific training programme
  • Regular supervision and support from volunteer coordinator
  • Internal and external training relevant to your role and to other areas of personal and professional development
  • Lunch expenses (upon submission of receipts) of upto £2.50 per day when volunteering four hours or more and travel expenses £4.50 per day.

DBS check

Candidates must be willing to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.