Volunteer with us

Inclusion Recovery Hampshire (IRH) has a range of ways for a variety of people to get involved in the services.

We are always looking for local businesses or groups to get involved with any initiatives that will benefit our services and service user’s. We promote activities that our service user’s can do to help build communities, which is two-purpose, it gives back to the community and provides them with constructive activities to provide meaning to their use of time. If you would like to donate services or time to an event or even have ideas please drop us a line at InclusionVolunteering@sssft.nhs.uk

We believe that ex-service user’s and also those who are still on their journeys with us bring a valuable and inspirational message to those currently in or starting their treatment. To see those that have successfully engaged in support, actively participated in interventions and/or completed treatment has strength and add’s not only value to what we can offer but also add’s faith to the belief that those individuals that use our service’s can change.

We also have a strong team of volunteers and our coordinators do an excellent job managing and supporting this scheme, alongside encouraging and developing community events and activities for the range of volunteers and current service users to take part in.

This whole scheme is at the centre of recovery and promoting self-worth, self-esteem and self-belief that individuals are able to build on their strengths, reduce and/or stop substance use and lead a life not reliant or controlled by alcohol or drugs. Community activities are an integral part of the involvement of our range of volunteers and also service user’s who are enlisted and encouraged to get involved at all levels too!

The Volunteer scheme is underpinned by our core principles;

  • Participation grows recovery
  • All lived experience is valid and valued
  • You do not have to be fully recovered or have had a drug or alcohol problem to help
  • Giving, Learning, Connecting is good for you (with safeguards)
  • Recovery supporters, recovery mentors and volunteers complement paid staff they do not replace them
  • No-one should be out of pocket or burned out from working for us
  • Match skills and abilities to roles
  • Match training and support to levels of responsibility
  • Everyone is not suited to all types of work
  • We want a transparent system that everyone understands
  • Confidentiality and the perception of confidentiality needs to be maintained
  • Too much responsibility too early can be hazardous for all concerned
  • Boundaries need to be practised (with support) to be learned
  • Time limits are a guide – individualised progress
  • Learn and develop at your own pace with guidance
  • If someone relapses we will continue to support their development
  • There are three roles within the scheme; these are Recovery Supporters, Recovery Mentors, and Volunteer Recovery Workers.

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.