IRH Volunteers @ Winchester Uni

Inclusion Volunteer Scheme Drugs Awareness training at Winchester University

The Inclusion Volunteer Team has recently been involved in providing drug and alcohol awareness training to Social Work Students at Winchester University. The last session we facilitated was for 50 Bsc and Msc Social Work degree students.
Here is our volunteers feedback from the day:

We started our session by facilitating small groups to recall their own childhood messages around drugs and alcohol. This was exceptionally powerful and each volunteer was able to draw out the students values and how this impacts on working with this client group. After highlighting some of the key legislation we went on to explore why people use drugs and alcohol in a visual way using a ball of wool. The students stood in a circle and called out reasons for substance use, after each one the person holding the ball of wool throw it to someone else.

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Students participating in an exercise to show how complex and intertwined substance use can be.

The volunteer’s are able to draw on their own experiences to bring to life the subject of substance misuse which everyone recognises can go across every Social Services client groups.  We talked through the Cycle of Change which is a model that can be applied to substance misuse s well as a variety of other things such as smoking, dieting etc.  We ended the day by describing some of the key interventions that can be used to work effectively with this client group, the student’s particularly liked the Motivational Interviewing intervention’s.

The volunteers are able to draw on their own experiences to bring to life the subject of substance misuse which everyone recognises can go across every Social Services client groups. We talked though the Cycle of Change which is a model that can be applied to substance misuse as well as a variety of other things such as smoking, dieting etc. We ended the day by describing some of the key interventions that can be used to work effectively with this client group, the students particularly liked the Motivational Interviewing interventions.

All the volunteers loved being involved and here are some comments from those attending;

“The sessions at the university were engaging and confidence building. The staff were very appreciative and welcoming. The students were clearly interested and asked plenty of questions, many of which I surprised myself in being able to answer! It was also very nice to be in a learning environment once again. The advances in technology since I was last at college are quite remarkable.”
Liz Ellis and Steph Langley (Lectures Winchester University)

“working with Inclusion really brings the subject to life – the students appreciate hearing from practitioners in the fielding find it particularly helpful hearing from Peer Mentors who can link the theory with their experience. It is a real pleasure to work with Louise and the team”

Stephanie Langley (Senior Lecturer BA Social Work)

Student comments

“The External Parties have been really interesting and informative, I think these will be one of the most worthwhile aspects of the course.”

“Real inspirational expert speakers”


“I have really enjoyed meeting people who can talk through their experiences eg Peer Mentors”

“I really enjoyed meeting Recovery Volunteers – application of real life”

“Thank you for providing an environment where students can learn and interact with service users”

“I found the session formative and humbling – I got a lot from listening from The Peer Mentors”

“I really valued having service users/peer mentors, joining our session which I feel really enhanced our learning”

“I really enjoyed listening to the speakers – learning about their experiences and thinking about how this will affect my future practice”