Celebrating Volunteering

Our volunteers have been hard at work

It is great to see how much volunteering is done at ADA now compared to the same time last year.  We now have a volunteer team running a recovery garden project based at Hazelhead Nurseries in a poly tunnel growing everything from plants, salad leaves, vegetables and strawberries. They have even done their own fundraising project of buying and sponsoring a Sunflower so this has created a competitive edge to the gardening as well as helping to be financially self-sufficient.

 

 

Aileen our reflexologist has offered regular sessions to service users, staff and other volunteers since last July and was nominated and became  a finalist in the , ACVO  Aberdeen Impact Awards last November, for her commitment to volunteering and developing a new service with DA.

 

Isabel started a new art group called ‘Picture your Recovery’ on a Wed afternoon at the Timmermarket Clinic in April this year and there are now regular attendees each week. New members are always welcome too. It has also shown how talented many of our service users are and how therapeutic art can be as part of the recovery process. During the summer when Isabel is away in America, we have another volunteer Stephen filling in.

 

Steve, a trained fitness instructor is now regularly meeting with staff and service users to help them with getting fit.  He discovered for himself that regular fitness can be a big help in recovery and is keen to encourage others to get fit as part of their recovery.  Anyone with accord cards can get discount at the sports village where Steve will give them support and advice. Over the summer some outdoor (free) exercise may be organised if there is a demand.

Steve with Luan, Gillian and Anne at the Baker Hughes 10K

During the year other volunteers have taken part in one off events, such as the Big Event at Pittodrie, the AUSA Torcher parade and the Substance Misuse Conference at the AECC. This involved speaking to people about DA and the role of volunteers and for some sharing experience of recovery.  We have also been able to assist some of our volunteers with University research work and two volunteers have gone on to gain employment with us.

We also ran Induction Training for all our volunteers, had input from volunteers at our Strategic Planning Day and had Christmas afternoon tea with those who could attend.

Volunteer Buddies (where social and other support is available) have been used during the year and we hope to grow and develop this service as time goes on.

If you would like to become a volunteer or feel you would benefit from our volunteering service please feel free to get in touch. Email Anne amcalister@drugsaction.co.uk.