VOLUNTEER WITH THE COMMUNITY ALCOHOL RELATED DAMAGE SERVICE
Exciting new opportunities have arisen with our CARDS (Community Alcohol Related Damage Service) project. We are a unique volunteer-led support service, working with people living in Edinburgh whose lives have been affected by alcohol. CARDS recognise the current gap in services for those who continue to drink and provide a service for all who have, or are at risk of ARBD.
We are recruiting volunteers now, and run an open application process throughout the year, so if you have a particular interest in working with our client group and feel you have the relevant skills we’d love to hear from you.
What others have said about us :
‘Excellent volunteering program’ (careers advisor)
‘Overall very positive. Good service, good support for volunteers’ (former volunteer)
‘ This experience has been extremely valuable, not only in expanding my ability to understand others, but also in understanding myself through increasing my confidence’ (former volunteer)
‘I wanted to gain experience so I could help to further my career in clinical psychology. I also wanted to have the opportunity to connect with a group of people I would never have otherwise known. Being part of the support network for people with alcohol related brain damage was extremely rewarding and offered me an insight into the varying ways in which lives are affected by alcohol’ (former volunteer)
‘all the staff and volunteers are friendly and helpful, making everyone feel part of a bigger team’ (volunteer)
Cards Peer Support
At Cards we have recently included a PEER SUPPORT element to complement the range of support that we can offer. This step was taken in response to feedback received from our volunteers and clients who felt that the sharing of ‘Lived Experience’ in the correct context would be beneficial in supporting positive change.
Peers draw upon their own life journey, from difficult and challenging events which they have lived through and experiences of recovery and resilience. Such experiences are extremely useful to service users. This enables the peer to understand service users in a way that is real and empathetic and allows them to make meaningful connections.
Peers act as examples to both clients, staff and volunteers. This is a valuable representation to all those looking to find new paths in achieving their goals, or supporting others to do the same.
CARDS Volunteer Application Form for all volunteers (peer and non-peer)
Follow Me Peer Volunteer is a new service in Edinburgh for young people who have experienced abuse or homelessness, who would like to volunteer sharing lived experience and personal stories.
We are recruiting now, so if you have an hour or so a week and a particular interest please contact our Young Persons Peer Support Worker, Demi Mckay on 0131 229 7554 or firstname.lastname@example.org‘