Volunteer Programme

The Steps2Recovery Volunteer Scheme 2017

Our volunteer programme at S2R operates on five different levels, as follows;
1. Volunteer Counsellors on training placement

All of our Volunteer Counsellors are in 12-Step recovery, with a minimum of 3yrs total abstinence, and are working towards professional qualification as a Counsellor & Psychotherapist.

They have student registration with a governing body (such as the BACP, BPS or UKCP) and externally receive monthly 1:1 Clinical Supervision, alongside their own weekly Personal Therapy.

All Volunteer Counsellors carry their own public liability insurance and have undergone a satisfactory DBS check.

In addition to this, all Volunteer Counsellors receive regular 1:1 Line-Management Supervision from the S2R Operations Manager & Senior Counsellor and are mentored by the Counselling Team.

  • Joshua Burks – Edexcel Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – MBACP – started 04.05.15
  • Frederica Lorie – Integrative Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – SMBACP – started 30.09.15
  • Amy Daniels – Integrative Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – SMBACP – started 17.01.17
  • Samantha Tipples – FDSc in Addiction Counselling – SMFDAP – started 24.02.17

Volunteer Counsellors will; hold a small 1:1 caseload, co-facilitate group therapy sessions, support workshops and client activities, process referrals and admissions, carry out triage assessments, and administer urinaylsis; with all related admin and data collection.

2. Volunteer Practitioners

Volunteer Practitioners will have undergone a satisfactory DBS check and desirably hold an NVQ2 Health & Social Care, or equivalent qualification.

VPs will co-facilitate groups, workshops and client activities, with a view to developing their counselling skills, and be mentored by the Clinical Team, including monthly 1:1 Clinical & Line-Management Supervision.

VPs will have at least 1 year total abstinence in 12-Step recovery, be engaging with a Sponsor, and attending meetings regularly.

  • May Edwards – NVQ3 – Health & Social Care; Substance Misuse – started 24.07.17
3. Volunteer External Practitioners

Our Volunteer External Practitioners offer the specialism’s below to support our delivery of a holistic treatment programme; each on a 4-6 week basis.

Camilla Gordon Art Teacher Group Started 01.11.15
Sonia Orr Homeopath 1:1 Started 01.10.15
Sophie Molins Spiritual Guidance/Trustee Group & Outings Started 01.01.15
Neeley Moore Reflexologist 1:1 Started 10.04.17
Simon Browne Shaman 1:1 Started 29.05.17
Samuele Russo Drama & Movement


Group Started 24.07.17
Christina Anderson Group Started 24.07.17
Heather Finlay Yoga Instructor Group Started 26.06.17
Marcus Boyle Phototherapist Group Project (12wks) Started 01.07.17


All of the above professionals are suitably qualified in their fields, carry their own public liability insurance and have undergone a satisfactory DBS check.

4. Volunteer Out-of-Hours Support Practitioners

These volunteers support the house out-of-hours, in between the times of the day and night shifts, ensuring that resident clients feel that the space is therapeutically contained 24/7.

VOSPs must be a minimum of 3yrs completely abstinent in 12-Step recovery and be vouched for by a member of the clinical team.

None at present – interviews TBA.

5.Peer Mentors

These volunteers are graduates of the S2R programme and have 6 months+ of complete abstinence in 12-Step recovery.

Peer mentors will escort clients upon prison release and give advocacy support, along with co-facilitation of groups and workshops; all under close supervision of the clinical team.

All volunteers are able to access the St Mungos e-learning and face-to-face training, along with CPD resources provided by the clinical team, including;

  • Drug & Alcohol Awareness
  • Cycle of Change
  • Core Conditions of Counselling
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Drama Triangle
  • Group Facilitation – Content and Process
  • Working w/Resistance
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Self-Care
  • 12-Step Therapy

S2R provide reimbursement of travel expenses and lunch/refreshments for all volunteers.