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Volunteering

Becoming a volunteer at Open Road offers an exciting opportunity to get involved in a dynamic charitable organisation which is pioneering new approaches in the field of drug and alcohol dependency.

Volunteering is one of the ways through which members of the local community can become involved in our work.

Open Road values the involvement of volunteers because they can:

  • Bring a fresh approach & a different perspective to our work, through their diversity of knowledge and experience
  • Help us to extend the range of services we offer
  • Add credibility to our organisation - the time they give to us for free suggests that our work is of value within the local community

Please note: You can apply for more than one role.

What qualities are we looking for in a volunteer?

Volunteers need to be open minded, sincere and non-judgemental in their approach to people.  No specific qualifications or experience are needed.  Personal experience of substance use may be an asset to volunteering.  If you have been in recovery from drug or alcohol dependency for more than six months, your application will be considered on an individual basis.  People currently receiving treatment for drug or alcohol dependency may not be considered at this time.

How are volunteers supported?

  • Full induction programme and continued training and development
  • Regular contact from your local Open Road centre/coordinator
  • Payment of out of pocket expenses
  • Ongoing support through one-to-one sessions and further training, where appropriate

I’d like to be considered for volunteer training. What do I do next?

Step 1 – think about your involvement
It is important that you consider the time and dedication involved.  The regular amount of time involved is detailed in the role description.  You’ll need to attend training, support and de-briefing sessions. 

Step 2 – complete an application form
You may be invited to interview; if not, feedback will be given on why your application was unsuccessful. 

Step 3 – undertake training
If successful at interview, you’ll attend a robust training programme. You’ll also need references and an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly known as CRB) check.

Step 4 – you’ll become a volunteer with Open Road