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Recently, two groups totalling 12 volunteers completed their introductory training and are now fully fledged Wirral Ways Volunteers.
Wirral Ways to Recovery is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults (including offenders), young adults, families, carers, and affected others in Wirral.
The cohort received their training from Wirral Way’s Service User Involvement and Volunteer Lead, Mellissa Scarlett.
Mellissa said, “Volunteers are an integral part of the service we deliver. Our volunteers are committed to helping us build an organisation that respects the values and the diversity of everyone who accesses our service regardless of an individual’s protected characteristic. We believe in people, and it is my passion to see individuals grow personally and professionally.”
The volunteers will be joining a variety of different teams from the Outreach to the Medical Team. Some will also be joining the team in Nightingale’s Recovery Café, working within the café prepping food and providing support and advice to those in need.
Joining the Nightingales Café team are Bev and John. John, another ex-service user said, “It was very interesting to know a lot of things that go on that we didn’t know about and I’m just looking forward to helping out.”
The volunteers play a massive role within Wirral Ways. Without them, the service wouldn’t run as it does. The volunteers have often been service users themselves and this is the next step on their recovery journey.
This sets them up in the unique position of being able to able to use their first-hand experience to provide support and advice to service users. Volunteers can also set new service users’ minds at ease as they know the process and how the service works, using their experience to guide their support and advice.
David, who is a new volunteer within the Academy team said that “I’ve been through the service, through the academy, so it’d be nice to give them a bit of knowledge I’ve learnt back to other individuals.”
Jackie, who’s going to be working with the team that runs the Health Huddle added that “I’ve learnt some very valuable information, new things. It was delivered very well indeed, very professional. I feel grateful and I can’t wait to grow with Change Grow Live.”
All volunteers have an accredited induction and accredited training courses before they commence any role at Wirral Ways, all candidates must be willing to have a DBS check completed, this is to ensure that safeguarding policies are followed. The team place very high importance on issues around Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults.
Wirral Ways has a variety of different roles so watch out for their next recruitment in 2023.
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