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.”

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.

Bridge Acquires New Recovery Facility in Leeds

We are delighted to announce that The Bridge Project has been chosen to take over the support and development of The Space for people who have experienced drug/alcohol addiction and/or mental ill health.

Bridge CEO, Jon Royle, writes:

“Bridge is delighted and honoured to be chosen by the Multiple Choice Trustees, Staff and Space Recovery Community as the preferred organisation to take forward the legacy of the Charity.



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