addiction | Non health based

Volunteering as a service user in the UK

A survey of 253 peer volunteers across the criminal justice, homelessness, substance misuse and complex needs sectors. The survey focused on peers' experiences of training, support, help with employability, remuneration and control over the work they do as volunteers. It found that most survey respondents were happy with the quality of support provided by the organisation for whom they were volunteering but a range of concerns also emerged particularly around the amount of time people spent volunteering early in their recovery journeys and the lack of help some peers experienced in converting their volunteering into paid employment opportunities.