Wear Recovery, Empire House, Newbottle Street, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 4AJ

Role Description

The main purpose of this role is to support our clients through their addictions within group based sessions.

Key responsibilities

  • Working closely with staff to share important information and strategies.
  • Co-delivering peer support sessions within a group setting.
  • Keeping up to date with current drug and alcohol trends and coping techniques for addiction.
  • To encourage and support clients to access other community based resources as appropriate

Skills, experience and abilities

Due to the complex and sensitive nature of the work in our projects we will use a formal interview to help us explore whether this opportunity is a good fit for new volunteers. If the candidate is successful at this stage a trial shift will be implemented before any voluntary positions are offered. The candidate must be able to show the following skills and qualities:

  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • Commitment to supporting the needs of client group; through flexibility, liaising with staff, and using social skills such as empathy
  • Ability to sensitively and appropriately relate to the client group, having a sensible approach to boundaries, and the ability to share about own experiences where appropriate
  • Professional conduct; the candidate must be reliable, organized, and consistent
  • A caring, sympathetic, sensitive manner and a non-judgmental approach
  • Ability to adhere to all Changing Lives policies and procedures such as Health and Safety
  • A desire to learn about Wear Recovery, what services we offer, and the procedures we have in place
  • Ability to work as part of a team, working alongside experienced volunteers and staff from Changing Lives, the NHS and DISC (Developing Initiatives for Support in the Communities)


  • Experience of personally overcoming addiction (essential)
  • A sustained period of sobriety, preferably over one year (essential)
  • Experience of delivering training or group work (desirable)
  • Experience of attending groups or peer support (desirable)

Expected hours/times

Peer Groups will run on the following times:

The check-in group runs every Monday between 11:00-12:30

The check-out group runs every Friday between 11:00-12:30

Volunteers would be expected to be flexible around these times. Extra opportunities to join in other groups may be available, as well as the opportunities to support staff in sessions with their clients or supporting them to appointments.

Next Step

To find out more about the role please contact Daniel Banks on 07701381244.

To apply for this opportunity please contact Sead Masic, Changing Lives, Central Office, Unit 13, Marquis Court, Tenth Avenue West, Team Valley, Gateshead, NE11 0RU, 0191 481 3695.

Email: sead.masic@changing-lives.org.uk

Click here to complete the Volunteer Application Form.