Volunteer Team Of The Month | May 2017

May’s volunteer team of the month is The Vault Volunteers!

First of all, a massive thank you to our volunteers Jez, Jade, Sam, Kyra, Grennie, Jackie, Donna, Roy, Dave M, Jamie and Mark who have all given their time and passion to The Vault over the last three months. A big thank you also to Emma, Bryan, Rebecca, Faye, Michaela, Michelle, Farzana, Allison, Tracy, Jade, Ollie, Catherine and Nigel  who volunteered last year.

Number of hours given by volunteers to support the running of The Vault over the last 12 months: 4798!

The role of a volunteer in The Vault is to:

  • Be the first point of contact for people coming into the Vault café and groups
  • Support the running of the café, planning the menu and preparing and serving food and drinks
  • Promote recovery activities and be a positive role model, spending time going through the recovery activity guide with new and existing attendees
  • Support group facilitation and participate in group delivery where appropriate
  • Signpost individuals as needed to internal staff and services

What has been the impact of Vault volunteers?

  • In simple terms, volunteers have kept the vault open and running!!!
  • Individuals accessing the vault are supported and mentored, access recovery services and make hugely positive changes to their life – impacting on them holistically – health, wellbeing, finance, self belief, ambitions…the list is endless!
  • The vault really shows the power of people coming together as a recovery community, there is such a sense of belonging.

A message from Tony Gibson, Recovery Activities Coordinator :

“No words would do these volunteers justice, they are all stars in their own roles. The passion and commitment to supporting The Vault and its members is lovely to see.  It is privilege to have them on the team and I am grateful for the time they give.  I want to say a great big thank you to you all.”

A message from Joe Kean, Team Manager:

“I couldn’t be more proud of the service that we run in The Vault. Many places in the country talk about recovering communities but few are as active and visible as the one we have here in Bradford and, in particular, in The Vault. This simply would not be possible without the volunteers who are the glue that hold the place together; stepping in when needed and providing much more than just a café service – superbly welcoming attitude, dedicated, kind, thoughtful, professional and supportive of the ethos and practice that we all strive to achieve here at Bridge.”

A New Year Message From Jon Royle, CEO

I think it’s fair to say 2016 will not go down in our sector’s history as being one of its finest years! Nationally heroin deaths have doubled since 2011 and central government disinvestment in public health has resulted in the biggest reductions to substance misuse budgets in decades. At the same time Public Health England reports that alcohol misuse is now the leading cause of death in 15 to 49 year olds and 16% of all workplace absences are alcohol related. There is a lack of leadership and policy direction at government level, with delays publishing a new drug strategy and no sign of a national alcohol strategy on the horizon. And yet drugs continue to be a major social problem destroying lives, families, communities and according to the modern Crime Prevention Strategy 2016, being implicated in 50% of acquisitive crime and creating an economic burden of some £10.7bn per year.

So after a frosty start to my message let me bring in some New Year cheer. I believe 2017 will be Bridge’s finest yet! We face one of our biggest challenges ever, tendering for the adult service contract and designing a new system that will deliver high quality treatment and recovery services to the people of Bradford for at least the next 5 years. Fortunately I am surrounded by an amazing team of trustees, senior managers, managers, staff and volunteers dedicated to our mission and helping service users turn their lives around. I see this in the services we deliver, the feedback I get from clients and of course through the statistics and performance indicators we report on to our commissioners. But sometimes it’s the small stuff that tells me about the special people who make Bridge the organisation I’m proud to lead. Like the staff that voluntarily come in over Christmas, the people who take on great personal challenges to raise money for Bridge and the ones who offer support and encouragement to clients through the Bridge Recovery Facebook Group in their own time. Winning the tender is all about convincing commissioners that Bridge is the best organisation to deliver the new contract – is it any wonder that I’m so confident?!

2017 will be a year of transition and transformation for Bridge and our service users. Change can be scary, but it can also be exciting and full of opportunity and the way we can make the most of it is by supporting each other. Our work is about saving lives and helping people to achieve their full potential, it’s incredibly important and I know through your actions that you feel the same way as I do.  Let’s do our best to make the most of each and every day, helping our service users achieve their dreams and aspirations. I wish all of you and your families a fantastic and happy year ahead.

CEO Jon Royle on Addicitions to Painkillers

…At the Bridge Project, based in Bradford, staff had experienced success in running a benzodiazepine withdrawal service for the past seven years, targeting patients in primary health care and GP practices.‘Doing that kind of work in primary care, we were also coming across a great deal of patients addicted to prescribed painkillers as well,’ says Royle. As with the benzos, ‘these patients are never going to roll up at an addiction treatment service on the high street – but that doesn’t mean that there’s not tens of thousands of them out there, people who’d say “I’ve never been near an illegal drug in my life”…

Read the full article in Drink and Drug News here.

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