Swanswell calls for carer support volunteers

31 May 2011

Swanswell’s searching for a team of volunteers to help family members and friends affected by someone’s drug and/or alcohol misuse.

During Volunteers Week (1 to 7 June 2011), the national charity – which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use – is raising awareness of the vital work of those people looking after family members and friends, without thinking about the impact this often unrecognised role has on their own life.

In Barnsley, Swanswell operates the carers support service as part of the integrated treatment system. It offers emotional and practical support for carers ranging from financial advice regarding carers allowance applications to emotional support and help with understanding their loved one’s treatment and recovery.

The charity is currently recruiting volunteers who have the desire and ability to help people in the community cope with their situation and be happy.

Vicky Loveridge, Swanswell’s Operations Manager for Barnsley, said: ‘For every person with a drug and/or alcohol problem, there’s usually at least one carer.

We understand caring for someone with a substance misuse problem can be very isolating and difficult, so we need people who can help those carers by offering someone to turn to whenever they need it.

Our volunteers will support carers to get on with their own life and will produce advice about work, friendships, hobbies and interests, so we’re looking for individuals who have the ability to connect and empathise with people.

To find out more about volunteering at Swanswell, visit our 'Volunteering' page.

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