Rolling volunteering opportunities

Rolling opportunities

The following volunteering opportunities are recruited to on a regular basis, so we would be happy to hear from you about them at any time:


Social Club Volunteers

RISE’s Social Club, based at 131 Uxbridge Road in West Ealing, is a service user led space that provides non-structured support for those in recovery. The day-to-day running of this space is done by volunteers. There are a number of volunteer roles including workshop and group leaders, team leaders and supervisors.

To find out about current opportunities, contact the 131 managers (Linda, Barry and Eddie) or call in during opening hours (currently Mon-Fri 10am-3pm and Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm).

Managers’ contact details:

Telephone: 07577 897 878 (7 days a week)



Volunteer Counsellors

RISE offers a counselling service, run almost exclusively by volunteers.

RISE can offer voluntary counselling placements to qualified counsellors wishing to volunteer or anyone working towards completing a diploma in counselling and wishes to receive clinical supervision and support by gaining a work experience/placement in the field of addictions.

Volunteer counsellors will be placed throughout all the hubs within RISE, within local GP surgeries and other locations in the local community to help support service users to achieve their goals.  Any at one time, RISE has a number of volunteer counsellors speaking a range of languages and offering a range of different counselling approaches, helping service users work towards recovery.  As such, applicants with additional language skills are particularly welcome due to the diverse nature of the Borough of Ealing. We are always keen to hear from those who speak Polish, Punjabi and/or Tamil.

To be considered for a Volunteer Counsellor role, candidates should be in at least the second year of their counselling diploma (or fully qualified). There is a minimum requirement to engage in two hours of supervision per month plus three client hours per week and associated admin time. We ask that Volunteer Counsellors commit to a minimum 12 month placement and all applicants must be available to take part in induction training.

Counsellors are recruited on a needs basis and applications are sufficient that we don’t advertise each vacancy individually, so all enquires should be made directly to Tim Davies.

Tim’s contact details:

Telephone: 020 8579 4529 (office hours only)



Peer Mentors

RISE’s peer mentoring program provides training and placement opportunities for people who have had personal experience of overcoming drug and alcohol issues. Peer mentors undertake around eight weeks initial training (two days per week) in preparation for providing mentoring support to service users currently overcoming drug and alcohol issues. Whilst doing this, evidence is compiled to ascertain that they have a clear understanding of the role of a peer mentor.

Peer mentors will provide support during a voluntary placement of approximately six months within a recovery service within the borough of Ealing. Ongoing support from the Volunteer and Peer Mentor Coordinator will be provided along with regular line management support from a designated line manager within your placement.

We recruit to these roles on a rolling basis, providing training for 10-15 individuals, 2-3 times per year.

We are currently accepting applications for training taking place in early 2015 (dates yet to be scheduled). If you’re interested in this role, please download an information booklet, which includes a typical role description and an application form for the programme. As yet there is no deadline for applications for this intake.

Any successful interviewees who cannot be accommodated on the first training course they apply to will be automatically allocated a place on the next training course.



Generic applications

We’re always happy to hear from potential volunteers with ideas for new roles or those who wish to volunteer, but they’re not sure about what they’d like to do. Simply download and submit a volunteering application form  explaining your ideas or interests and the Volunteering and Peer Mentoring Coordinator will get back to you to discuss in more detail.


For more opportunities across England and Wales, please see the CGL Volunteering Opportunities page.