Volunteers are vital to the service we deliver. They contribute to the effective delivery of services and also bring a range of skills and experience that complement the work we do with our service users.
There are opportunities for volunteers across the organisation, including on the Board of Trustees and working alongside staff in projects.
All our volunteers receive training and are supported to deliver their roles, which can include:
- Art therapists
- Peer mentors
- Recovery workers
- Social work students
CRI's volunteer coordinators work to ensure that support is offered to volunteers in the form of monthly supervision and training identification.
We have an inhouse training package for volunteers which is provided by our dedicated team of volunteer coordinators. Further training needs are identified through supervision, and volunteers are able to access staff training delivered by our Learning and Development department.
We also offer peer mentor training, which provides full support for ex-service users to move from the role of service user to that of service provider.
Chief Executive, David Biddle said:
"Volunteers and Peer Mentors are hugely important in enabling CRI to deliver high quality services. Your contribution is freely given and captures the spirit of community, caring and self help that humanises, and gives personal meaning to the process described as ‘recovery’. I am humbled and deeply impressed by the dedication and generosity of that part of our workforce, and I would like to say a personal thank you to each and every one of you."
Who are our volunteers...?
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 CRI with 95% of our volunteers saying that their personal development in terms of confidence, self-esteem and self-management had increased as a result of the voluntary work they were doing.