START Volunteer

When We Need You

From 17/10/2018

About Opportunity

START volunteers will assist the DACA team by meeting and assessing new DACA clients and making referrals to the appropriate team i.e. Health and Wellbeing, Counselling, Steps to Recovery, or Groupwork. This role will be instrumental in the client’s journey with DACA. START volunteers will be responsible to John Macdonald, Services Manager, with support from the wider DACA team. Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol (DACA) are looking for enthusiastic and caring individuals to join our team as START Volunteers and be the first point of call for people needing support with alcohol-related problems. This new role will involve meeting and assessing new clients, advising on recommended drinking levels, and making referrals to the appropriate DACA services. We are especially interested in volunteers with a background in health and social care with experience of working with vulnerable people. With support from the DACA team the START volunteer will be required to liaise with staff and other volunteers to coordinate client support and work collectively toward outcomes. Being knowledgeable about the support DACA can offer, you will be able to motivate clients to engage with these services and conduct Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABIs) if necessary (training provided).

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About Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol

DACA provides specialist advice, information and counselling for anyone in West Dunbartonshire who are affected by their own or someone else's alcohol related problem

Skills & Experience

Good verbal & written communication skills, assessment skills, confident engaging vulnerable adults about alcohol-related issues and the impact on people. Encourage people to engage with DACA’s services and a good understanding of GDPR, confidentiality & safeguarding vulnerable adults. Able to follow instruction & training guidance as well as use your own initiative, we would prefer candidates with experience in addictions or related-field and/or a counselling qualification.

Travel Details

Based in DACA's office in Clydebank


Work Type

Care / Support worker

Client Group

Drugs / Alcohol Issues

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Accessibility Details

No Wheelchair Access
No Disabled Toilet

Frequency & Commitment

START volunteers will be expected to commit to one morning or afternoon per week plus 2 full day training sessions. Due to the training and supervision required for this role we ask for a minimum commitment of six months.

Minimium Age

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Reference Code

1009 - VO72858

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