Recovery Pastoral Support Volunteer - BATH

Location: BATH

If you are a people person and interested in using your Sundays to make a difference this is an ideal opportunity to spend time supporting people in an abstinence based supported housing scheme.

If you consider yourself a people person, and have some time on Sundays to undertake a very fulfilling role, this is an ideal opportunity to simply spend time with people who have struggled with substance misuse and homelessness and are already on the road to making positive changes to their lives.

Overall purpose of role:

The primary purpose of this role is to provide pastoral support 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 10 am to 6pm every week, every month, or at a frequency 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 house is a strict alcohol and drug free space 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. A summary of the schemes with more details about the houses are attached.

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:

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