Volunteers and peer mentors

Volunteers

Our volunteers are extremely important to us. They bring new skills, fresh perspectives, local community links and make Cranstoun an even more diverse and vibrant organisation.

Volunteering in this field can be challenging at times, but it's also fun and incredibly rewarding. You'll get to work alongside and learn from a dedicated bunch of people, gain valuable experience and receive on-the-job training.

What does it take to be a volunteer?

You'll need to be able to commit to a few regular hours every week or so, a passion for helping people and an interest in what we do.

In return, we can offer you structured training sessions to support you while you volunteer with us. The training covers the following topics:

  • harm reduction and relapse prevention
  • self-awareness and boundaries
  • equality and diversity and dual diagnosis
  • motivational interviewing
  • safeguarding and domestic violence
  • solution-focused brief therapy

Current Volunteer Vacancies

1. Central and Greater London

  • West Hill is a drug and alcohol supported housing project in Putney. We are currently looking for volunteers in administration and gardening. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please call 020 7223 2494.
  • City Roads is our residential detox and stabilisation service, based in Angel, London. We are currently looking for general volunteers and others with specialist skills to support activities such as drama groups, juggling workshops, beauty therapies and a gardening group.
  • iHear is our adult drug and alcohol service for Hounslow. We are currently looking for a volunteer gardener and an art therapist. If you are interested in any of these roles, please contact Richard Reeves on 020 8570 9205.
  • Switch Sutton is one of our young person’s alcohol and drug services. We’re looking for a volunteer to assist with light admin duties, partnership liaison, arranging appointments, accompanying staff to outreach appointments, health promotion and support with presentations regarding drug and alcohol awareness. If you’re interested, please contact Jess Kelly on 020 8773 1881.

2. Berkshire

  • IRiS Reading is our adult drug and alcohol treatment and recovery service for Reading. We would love to hear from anyone who is keen to volunteer with the admin and data team or assist with group work and the open access/drop-in clinic. If you are interested, please call Grace for more information on 0118 955 7333.
  • Resilience is our adult drug and alcohol treatment and recovery service for Windsor and Maidenhead. We are looking for people who would like to volunteer in admin and data and assist with group work and the open access/drop-in clinic. If you are interested, please call Sharon for more information on 01628 796 733.

3. East Sussex

  • Pavilions is our adult drug and alcohol treatment and recovery service for Brighton. Pavilions has a wide range of opportunities for volunteers. If you are interested, please complete the application form below or call Chris Smith for further details on 07775 551 554.
  • ESFACT supports families, carers and friends who are affected by someone else’s substance misuse and mental health issues (dual diagnosis). If you would like to help promote the service, assist with support groups, drop-ins or peer support to our clients, please call Emma on 07920 786 352.

4. Surrey

  • Cranstoun central office is looking for a volunteer who would like to get back into work to brush up on their skills. The role would entail administration duties in all departments, including HR and Governance; Communications; Finance; Quality, Performance & Results, and Business Development.

To apply for any of the volunteer roles listed above,
please complete a volunteer application form and email it to info@cranstoun.org.uk.

Please note we do not accept CVs and all applications must be made via the volunteer application form. Some posts may be subject to receiving a completed enhanced DBS Disclosure and two satisfactory references.

Peer Mentors

Cranstoun's peer mentor scheme provides an opportunity for those who have found stability in their own recovery to support current service users in theirs.

Peer mentors can pass on their experience of using recovery skills and tools, build on their mentee's social and community networks and support their attendance in a person-centred, goal orientated way.

All peer mentors are required to access structured training on the following topics, to support you in your role:

  • an introduction to peer mentoring (three days)
  • harm reduction and relapse prevention
  • self-awareness and boundaries
  • equality and diversity and dual diagnosis
  • motivational interviewing
  • safeguarding and domestic violence
  • solution-focused brief therapy

If you are interested in becoming a peer mentor, please speak to your care co-ordinator to discuss a referral to the project.

Our peer mentoring schemes at iHear Route 36 Hounslow, Iris Reading and Brighton Pavilions have been awarded the National Vocational and Voluntary Organisations (NVCO)'s Approved Provider Standard Accreditation (APS).

Please contact us if you have any questions

Tel: 020 8335 1830

Email: info@cranstoun.org.uk