Volunteers

Our volunteers are extremely important to us. They bring new skills, fresh perspectives, local community links and make Cranstoun an even more diverse and vibrant organisation.

Volunteering in this field can be challenging, fun and incredibly rewarding. You get to work alongside and learn from a dedicated bunch of people, gain valuable experience and receive on-the-job training.

What does it take to be a volunteer?

You need to be able to commit to a few regular hours every week or so, a passion for helping people and an interest in what we do.

Cranstoun can offer you structured training sessions to support you while you volunteer with us. The training covers the following topics:

  • harm reduction and relapse prevention
  • self-awareness and boundaries
  • equality and diversity and dual diagnosis
  • motivational interviewing
  • safeguarding and domestic violence
  • solution-focused brief therapy


Current Volunteer Vacancies

1. Central and Greater London

Trelawn House is a drug and alcohol rehab service in Croydon. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with a range of activities, including administration, gardening, creative activities and alternative therapies.

West Hill is a drug and alcohol Supported Housing Project in Putney. We are currently looking for volunteers trained to carry out health and safety checks to help with administration. We are also looking for gardening volunteers. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please call 020 7223 2494.

Change & Recovery @28b is a community day programme in Islington. We are looking for volunteers to help in the office with admin and reception duties. We are also looking for volunteer art therapists who would be interested in setting up a group at the service. For more information, please call Anita on 020 7923 8010.

City Roads is our residential detox and stabilisation service, based in Angel, London. We are currently looking for general volunteers and others with specialist skills to lead activities such as drama groups, juggling workshops, beauty therapies, a gardening group, or any other suggestions that you think could benefit our clients.

iHear is our adult drug and alcohol service for Hounslow. We are currently looking for a volunteer gardener and an art therapist. We are also looking for a peer mentor (details on Cranstoun's peer mentoring scheme can be found below). If you are interested in any of these roles, please contact Richard Reeves on 020 8570 9205.

Switch Sutton is one of our young person’s alcohol and drug services. We're looking for a volunteer to assist with light admin duties, partnership liaison, arranging appointments, accompanying staff to outreach appointments, health promotion and supporting with presentations regarding drug and alcohol awareness. If you're interested, please contact Jess Kelly on 020 8773 1881.

2. Berkshire

IRiS Reading is our adult drug and alcohol treatment and recovery service for Reading. We would love to hear from anyone who is keen to volunteer with the admin and data team, or assisting with group work and the open access/drop-in clinic. If you are interested, please call Grace for more information on 0118 955 7333.

3. East Sussex

Pavilions is our adult drug and alcohol treatment and recovery service for Brighton. Pavilions has a wide range of opportunities for volunteers. If you are interested, please complete the application form below or call Chris Smith for further details on 07775 551 554.

ESFACT supports families, carers and friends who are affected by someone else's substance misuse and mental health issues (dual diagnosis). If you would like to help promote the service, offer support groups, drop-ins or peer support to our clients, please call Emma on 07920 786 352.

4. Surrey

Cranstoun central office is looking for a volunteer who would like to get back into work to brush up on their skills. The role would entail administration duties in all departments, including HR and Governance; Communications; Finance; Quality, Performance & Results, and Business Development.


 To apply for any of the volunteer roles listed above, please complete a 
volunteer application form and email it to
 info@cranstoun.org.uk.

Please note we do not accept CVs and all applications must be made via the volunteer application form. Some posts may be subject to receiving a completed enhanced DBS Disclosure and two satisfactory references.


Peer Mentors

Cranstoun's peer mentor scheme provides an opportunity for those who have found stability in their own recovery to support current service users in theirs.

Peer mentors can pass on their experience of using recovery skills and tools, build on their mentee's social and community networks and support their attendance in a person-centred, goal orientated way.

All peer mentors are required to access structured training on the following topics, to support you in your role:

  • an introduction to peer mentoring (three days)
  • harm reduction and relapse prevention
  • self-awareness and boundaries
  • equality and diversity and dual diagnosis
  • motivational interviewing
  • safeguarding and domestic violence
  • solution-focused brief therapy

If you are interested in becoming a peer mentor, please s
peak to your care co-ordinator to discuss a referral to the project.

 


Our peer mentoring schemes at iHear Route 36 Hounslow, Iris Reading and Brighton Pavilions have been awarded the National Vocational and Voluntary Organisations (NVCO)'s Approved Provider Standard Accreditation (APS).

 


 Please contact us if you have any questions
 Tel: 020 8335 1830
 Email: info@cranstoun.org.uk

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