Volunteering provides work experience for people interested in a career in social care and also offers an opportunity for people with time on their hands to make a personal contribution to their local community. Whatever the reason, volunteering benefits you, service users and the service.
Volunteers work across our services. They bring a range of skills that enable us to support more people and provide additional services. All our volunteers receive training and are supported to deliver their roles.
Peer Mentoring at Swindon Space
Our peer mentor training programme for stable and former service users provide opportunities for personal development and growth and provide career pathways for individuals with a history of substance misuse and criminal behaviour.
What do peer mentors do?
Peer mentors are trained to support new and former service users as they try to overcome addiction and make changes in their lives. Peer mentors provide a positive role model and active support for others just starting out on their road to recovery, helping individuals to consider their options and supporting them to achieve their goals.
Peer mentors do not advise service users about what to do, rather they help individuals consider their options and guide them through the process of making decisions. A key role is to provide information and help service users explore the implications of various choices.
Most people who train as peer mentors have a long history of using treatment services.
The empathy and understanding peer mentors have gained through their own experiences can help them to win the trust of service users and sustain their commitment to the treatment process.
How are peer mentors trained?
The training programme is open to former service users who have been drug free for a minimum of three months or who are stable and on prescribed medication.
Peer mentors are offered the opportunity to undertake an accredited level 2 Diploma in Progression which is a health and social care qualification
Becoming a peer mentor is a first step on the way to training and employment for many former service users. The role challenges them to take on responsibility and to get involved in helping others, and is a huge step forward for those who have never had a job or who have not worked for many years.
On successful completion of their training, the peer mentors will be given suitable placements as volunteers in substance misuse projects
Volunteer Counselling Placements
Swindon Space also offer counselling placements to any qualified counsellor wishing to volunteer or anyone working towards completing a diploma in counselling and wishes to receive clinical supervision and support by gaining a work experience / placement in the field of addictions.
Volunteering is a great way to gain confidence, experience and training.
We provide 1 to 1 counselling for our service users. This can be accessed once the client is stable and engaging in treatment and is generally for 6-12 weeks, sometimes more. All our counsellors are volunteers and are either fully qualified or in their last year of training. CGL works within the BACP ethical framework and guidelines.