Recovery Volunteers

Inclusion Recovery Hampshire (IRH) has a clear pathway with 3 different levels of volunteers including recovery champions. Some people like to progress and continue to add to their skills and some find they enjoy their role, it suits them and they are good at it.

We are committed to support, train and develop anyone that volunteers in any of the roles we have.

There are three roles within the scheme; these are Recovery Supporters, Recovery Mentors, and Volunteer Recovery Workers.

The initial model which will be continually evaluated and enhanced through regular consultation and everyone will start as a Recovery Supporter. This allows people to decide if the scheme is for them without a massive commitment and benefit from all levels of training. Full supervision, support and on-going training is an essential competent of the scheme and there will be three Volunteer Coordinators to oversee this. Volunteers that have not used services are subject to the same time limits in each role. All roles are subject to cleared criminal record check (DBS) and any necessary Risk Assessments.

Recovery Supporter – this role is a gentle introduction to volunteering in this field and is innovative as it allows people to get involved earlier. Inclusion recognises that putting prescriptive time limits for people getting involved in volunteering can be a real barrier and that getting involved promotes unity and recovery. The tasks include being a friendly welcoming person to meet and greet service users. If comfortable to do so Recovery Supporters can share personal stories to inspire and encourage service users to make full use of our recovery services. Supporters can also champion the Inclusion Recovery Program through attending workshops and the Induction program as an observer. This enables them to familiarise themselves with our group program and once they progress and gain confidence they can take on more responsibility within this program by helping staff plan and debrief sessions.

The two day Induction training covers a variety of subjects such as roles, responsibilities, confidentiality, boundaries and interventions. The recovery supporters can then be enrolled in a variety of Level 2 VRQ’s with our partner Eastleigh College. Individualised training plans will be put together in conjunction with the volunteers, coordinator and key staff. Then when Supporters have 3 months of recovery and are ready to take on more responsibility they can progress to become a Recovery Mentor

Recovery Mentor – This role encompasses an individual tailored training plan to enable mentors to take on roles they are interested in and has great scope for new initiatives. In this role mentors can take a lead in facilitating peer-led groups and organising peer led social activities. Mentors can be involved in our community activities such as training events at Winchester University and workshops within our local schools. Mentors can be matched to leads within the service to learn about responsibilities such as needle exchange, safeguarding, prescribing and assessments.

Once mentors have been recovery for at least 6 months they can apply for Volunteer Recovery Worker vacancies. Every year we plan to have at least two recruitment drives for Volunteer Recovery Workers.

We currently have 9 Volunteer Recovery Workers who are undergoing training.