Written by Becky Higgins
I was lucky enough to be invited to Addaction’s Volunteer Celebration Tea and Cake Party to meet some of their wonderful volunteers, and of course eat cake! It was a rainy Friday but volunteers, supporters, staff and dogs ventured out to be warmly greeted by Nat and Billy, 2 of the Addaction Staff, and to learn more about the roles volunteers play in supporting this organisation.
Displays were shown on posters all around the room detailing each volunteer, the roles they play within the organisation and the reason they came to volunteer with Addaction.
The volunteers have a range of backgrounds and reasons for volunteering. Some people come from a service user background, others have been affected by drug or alcohol misuse through family members or friends, some volunteers want to use of their professional skills within the voluntary sector and others just see a fantastic charity and want to help.
I spent some time talking to a very interesting man who volunteers in administration within the organisation and another lady who runs a crèche for parents so they are able to attend group sessions without having to worry about childcare. Both were fantastically enthusiastic people who clearly enjoy what they do to help.
Addaction work with both adults and young people in a range of settings to support behaviours around drug and alcohol use and also around mental health. The support could be 1:1, group settings or through their residential centre. A great deal of their provision is provided by their volunteers which enables them to reach and support more people throughout the county.
I left feeling happy to have met such a great bunch of supportive volunteers.