Volunteering at TBRP

Why volunteer at The Basement Recovery Project?

As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing too.

It’s human nature to feel good after helping others. Volunteering can also help you gain new skills and experiences, boost your confidence, relieve anxiety, keep you fit, make new friends and many other benefits.

Volunteering is an important expression of citizenship and fundamental to democracy. It is the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society and the community, and it can take many forms. It is freely undertaken and not for financial gain.

Over the years, the majority of TBRP volunteers have been recruited from within our services. As clients progress from the madness and chaos of addiction into a more structured, drug and alcohol-free lifestyle, they feel a natural instinct, compelled or even a moral duty to want to give something back to society, their local communities and others in need of help.

Many TBRP employees have come through our recovery programmes and volunteer roles before getting more involved in the project and into employment.

Our volunteers have achieved many things over the years from helping out at our Breakfast Clubs to clearing church grounds, attending local and national government meetings about addiction and recovery policy to speaking at colleges, universities and even at the national police training centre. TBRP volunteers have had local and national TV and press coverage and received awards for their contribution to the local communities they serve.

As an organisation, TBRP recognises the importance of our volunteers and the contribution they make to keep our project and services running. While a volunteering role may be less formal than that of an employee, we have policies and procedures in place for all our volunteering roles. We have a dedicated volunteer coordinator to look after you during your time here, to take you through your induction, organise training, review policies and procedures etc.

We have various stages through our volunteering scheme. Some of the roles are rather similar to an apprenticeship scheme where we have more formal terms and conditions and we provide access to formal training which may lead to gaining accredited qualifications.  These roles include; Residential Support, Recovery Builders and Community Recovery Organisers.  Other roles may be less formal such as helping out at breakfast club, attending to the allotment etc.  Some of our volunteers are qualified tradesmen and offer to help our charitable cause.

TBRP and its volunteers also support the group Calderdale in Recovery, a voluntary organisation to further the message that recovery is possible in our local community. Our volunteers have also set up two support lines to help families and carers of those affected by drug and alcohol use and a crisis line for those who need immediate support. They also run the cafe in Todmorden at the Kindness Hub.

Though most of our volunteers are “homegrown” we often receive requests from outside the organisation. This has led to many one-off and regular events such as keep fit classes, education and training courses, social activities etc. If you feel you have something to offer that will help TBRP and its clients, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

On 2nd June 2021, TBRP was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the MBE for volunteer groups.