Dry House Support Volunteer - BATH

Location: BATH

An ideal opportunity to gain experience with an abstinence based supported housing scheme supporting people who have struggled with substance misuse and homelessness.

If you are interested in gaining experience working in the health sector and specifically supporting people who have struggled with substance misuse and homelessness, this is an ideal opportunity to gain insight into the abstinence based supported housing world. No qualifications are required and we will provide support and training. Volunteers will also have access to other training opportunities DHI offers and work alongside our “Peer Supporters”.

Overall purpose of role:

The primary purpose of this role is to provide pastoral support on Sundays to residents of our dry houses in either of our two Bath-based locations – Burlington House and Barton Buildings.

This role is likely to be paired with a Peer Supporter.

Key responsibilities:

  • Spending time with residents - on Sundays (ideally 10am - 6pm, every week, every month, depending on applicants availability)
  • Volunteers can work with staff to shape their own role e.g. there are also some optional tasks based on the interests/willingness of the volunteer e.g. getting rooms ready for new residents, spending time working in the garden with or without residents, supporting residents to complete forms.

Barton Buildings and Burlington House are abstinence based supported housing – The houses are strict alcohol and drug free spaces and residents cannot use drugs or alcohol either on or off site. Random drug and alcohol testing is used. The scheme is to support the recovery of individuals who need to live in an abstinent based environment. Please download the attached document for more details about the houses and the Dry House scheme.

Selected candidates receive our standard half-day induction online that can be scheduled based on the volunteer’s availability. Volunteers will be accompanied by staff for the first few visits until they are comfortable being in the houses on their own with a Peer Supporter. A Peer supporter is someone who has lived experience of substance misuse and able to provide unique empathetic support to current clients - people who are in the midst of their recovery journey.

This is an independent role with support available 24/7 by phone.

Parking is available on-site, and travel and lunch expenses can be claimed each month.

How to apply

Please download, complete and return the attached application form by email to: volunteers@dhi-online.org.uk

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