Posted on: September 3, 2015
Awards4All and the Duchy Health Charity fund new pilot Volunteer Empowerment
A pioneering volunteer empowerment scheme is set to launch in Cornwall after receiving funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the Duchy Health Charity.
Bosence Farm Community has set up the ‘Together – You can do it’ programme to train volunteers to provide recovery and peer-mentoring support for people with drug and/or alcohol dependency and living with poor mental health. Annie Woollock has just been appointed to the new role of Volunteer Co-ordinator and brings with a wealth of experience working in this field. She said “I am so excited about the new Volunteer Co-ordinator post; it opens up so many opportunities for both volunteers and clients at Bosence Farm Community”.
The project will recruit volunteers from both the local community and previous service users to become peer mentors. They will support and mentor clients at Bosence Farm with a range of activities that help to build their confidence and self-esteem, develop their social and practical skills and improve their social integration, as well as seeking more practical help to support the charity’s services, such as gardening, art and music workshops and driving people to appointments in the area.
Bosence CEO Kate Cook, explains how the volunteer programme will help; “Our peer mentors will act as role models to support clients and share their personal experiences and recovery journeys to help clients improve their motivation, self-esteem and aspirations. This process can be particularly powerful for our previous clients as it not only aids them with their ongoing recovery, but also helps our current clients maintain positive attitudes and beliefs about themselves and their future so that they can achieve recovery and rebuild their lives.”
Bosence helps people recover from drug and/or alcohol addiction by providing residential rehabilitation and medical detox services. The centre has been leading the way in drug and alcohol addiction recovery in the South West and is the only medical detox and stabilisation centre in Cornwall. Bosence’s completion rate is more than 20% above the national average of 50-53%, and they have recently been named Best Third Sector Business in the Cornwall Business Awards.
The volunteer project has received £9,932 from Awards 4 All from the Big Lottery Fund and a further £9,000 from the Duchy Health Charity to cover the running costs for the first year of the programme.
Anyone interested in volunteering with the project can find out more information by clicking here or calling 01736 850006