Volunteering

About Renaissance and Volunteering

Did you know that the Renaissance service, previously known as Drugline was actually set up in 1986 by a group of volunteers! Volunteering has therefore always been seen as an extremely important and much valued area of our work. Since we began we have welcomed hundreds of volunteers into the organisation to help us and our service users. We are always looking for warm, patient people to volunteer their time to support people through their problems and support us in the many different aspects of the service. You can volunteer as much as you want, whether it’s occasional support at events, giving a few hours a week or full regular days.
We provide all the necessary training and more, and we reimburse all travel and out of pocket expenses and ongoing support and development.

Am I what they’re looking for?

We recognise that people volunteer for all sorts of reasons, whether it’s for a student placement, to gain experience in our line of work, to become more employable, to help people who are in a similar position as they once were, to give something back, to fill the time
You don’t need to have any professional qualifications, all we ask is that you are:

  • Reliable
  • Non-judgmental
  • Willing to listen and learn
  • Accepting of the differences in people and are genuinely committed to equality
  • Committed to confidential working and to dealing with sensitive issues

What could I do as a Volunteer?

There are lots of ways in which you can get involved and we are always interested in hearing from our volunteers about how they can help us and our clients and as such new volunteer roles are being created all the time.
Here are just some of the ways that our volunteers help:

  • Counsellor (professional counselling placements for trainee and qualified counsellors)
  • Sexual health outreach work into local gay and straight venues and at events (giving advice, information and free condoms)
  • Drug and alcohol outreach work (help people out in the community to get back on track with their drug and alcohol treatment)
  • HIV Supporter (give help and support to people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS)
  • Befriending (we pair and match a volunteer with a client to go on outings and to provide support to achieve better health and wellbeing)
  • Group Facilitators (running and organising social and support groups for our service users)
  • Service promoters (providing information about our services at big and small events, Blackpool Pride is just one example)
  • Administrators (office and reception work, answering the phone, data inputting and general office help)
  • Holistic therapists (masseurs, hypnotherapists, reflexologists, raiki etc)
  • Volunteer reps (organising volunteer meetings, writing a volunteer newsletter, acting as a point of contact for volunteers)

How can i find out more?

We have full role descriptions for all of these volunteer roles and more. Just contact the Volunteer Coordinator to request any of them.
On the other hand you might have something else to offer as a volunteer, we’d love to hear from you if you have any ideas.
There are a few ways you can find out more, you can either fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch soon, or you can call or email Antony who is our Volunteer Coordinator. He recruits, trains and manages the entire volunteer workforce across all of Renaissances projects and services.
ahenstock@druglinelancs.co.uk
01253 311431 (option 6)

 

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