We have almost 30 volunteers who contribute many hours of their time every month to supporting Forward Leeds.

Our volunteers are key to us delivering an effective and successful service. We have a wide range of volunteer roles being filled by people with a variety of skills and experience from different backgrounds

People who spend time volunteering with Forward Leeds are considered very much part of our team. We couldn’t do our work with our volunteers.

We can offer great volunteering opportunities which are fulfilling and rewarding and which can lead to paid employment with us or elsewhere.

Volunteering Roles

RecoveryWRX Website Content Volunteer

Closing Date
2 February 2019

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RecoveryWrx is an online recovery magazine. About Recovery; For people in Recovery; By People in Recovery. The website originated from 5 Ways and represents a curated resource of recovery-related content, sourced from individuals both in-service and around the world. It currently has around 150 articles with readers in 23 countries

Website Content

  • Seeking out interesting content, contacting authors, liaison, editing copy and creating posts in WordPress
  • Sourcing and creating graphics associated with content
  • Maintaining editorial database
  • Creating an editorial calendar and working with editor to plan future content

Social Media

  • Adding content to Instagram/ Twitter & Facebook either promoting site content or sharing relevant content to audience
  • Maintaining on-brand dialogue with other users
  • Promoting website
  • Promoting awareness of selected events throughout the year (eg: Alcohol Awareness Week)
  • Promoting events when relevant.

RWX // Vision

  • Actively contribute to RWX initiatives to generate awareness, increase audience.

For an application form please email volunteering@humankindcharity.org.uk or call 07957 297828.

Volunteer Recovery Coordinator Support (3 vacancies)

Closing Date
6 January 2019

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This is a shadowing role where you will be attached to a Recovery Coordinator (Drug and Alcohol keyworker) working within Forward Leeds.

You will both learn from and support the worker to motivate and guide clients towards meaningful recovery. You will be given the opportunity to experience a range of substance use interventions, learn about different treatment options and harm reduction techniques and signpost service users towards aftercare options. You will be able to support the duty worker on reception as they respond to new walk-in referrals and complete clinical tasks such as urine testing and breathalising.

This opportunity will prove valuable for anyone who wishes to develop their skills within the drug and alcohol field, whilst furthering their knowledge of substance misuse interventions.

Skills and Personal Qualities required for the role.

  • To have an understanding of the issues faced by people who use substances.
  • Empathetic nature with an encouraging and non-judgmental approach
  • Self-motivated and reliable
  • Good timekeeping
  • Confident communication skills
  • Lived experience of substance use issues is welcomed, but not essential
  • Able to follow Humankind and Forward Leeds policy and procedure
  • Ability to engage clients and build rapport
  • Able to commit to a regular weekly session
  • Commitment to attending training, workshops and regular supervision

For an application form or for further information please call Sam Lindley on 07394 563585 or email: sam.lindley@forwardleeds.co.uk

Volunteer Group Worker

Closing Date
6 January 2020

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We are looking for a volunteer to support the work of our group work service by co-facilitating the Which Way Now programme. This opportunity will prove valuable for anyone who wishes to learn more about therapeutic group work, develop their facilitation skills and add to their knowledge of substance misuse interventions.

Skills and Personal Qualities required for the role.

  • An interest in facilitating group-based interventions
  • To have an understanding of the issues faced by people who use substances.
  • Lived experience of substance use issues is welcomed, but not essential
  • Empathetic nature with an encouraging and non-judgmental approach
  • Self-motivated and reliable
  • Confident communication skills
  • Ability to engage clients and build rapport
  • Able to commit to a regular weekly session
  • Commitment to attending training, workshops and supervision
  • To adhere to Humankind policies and procedures
  • The role may involve providing assistance to participants with literacy or other communication needs.

Please note that we accept applications from people with their own experiences of substance use or addiction and/or a criminal record. This can be discussed at interview if applicable.

For an application form or for further information please call Sam Lindley on 07394 563585 or email: sam.lindley@forwardleeds.co.uk

Forward Leeds’ volunteer programme has received the Investors in Volunteers accreditation. This is the UK quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers, it recognises commitment to providing an all round volunteer experience. Forward Leeds employs two dedicated Volunteer Coordinators.

There are many benefits from volunteering with Forward Leeds

  • Learning new skills
  • Gaining work experience
  • Building your confidence and self esteem
  • Meeting new people
  • Trying something new
  • Developing a skill, hobby or interest
  • Making a difference to your own life and the lives of others
  • Being part of a community
  • Sense of achievement
  • Increased employability

As a volunteer you can expect to:-

  • be given a clear role description
  • undertake an induction and appropriate training
  • have safe working conditions
  • receive the same training opportunities as other members of staff
  • of be reimbursed for agreed out of pocket expenses associated with your volunteering
  • have opportunities to develop new skills and develop knowledge
  • use your skills, knowledge and talents to help others
  • have regular supervision and dedicated support
  • be treated with respect

All of our current volunteer opportunities are advertised on humankind.careers if there are no vacancies in your area please keep checking the site for regular updates. You can contact us about volunteering using the form below.

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