What does your role as a volunteer involve?
My role involves interacting with clients right from their initial contact with the hospital via the alcohol liaison team, where I would recommend that a patient be referred to CGL. So then I help them with the first assessment, encourage them to participate in group work, through to aftercare and finally maintaining sobriety. My role is to be there every step of the way, whether the client needs help with a doctor's appointment or an assessment, or needs encouragement to attend groups.
Why did you decide to become a CGL volunteer?
My own 30 years' experience of alcohol dependency has enabled me to have a deep understanding and insight into a client's hopes and fears around recovery. Working with clients at different stages of their recovery has made me realise that we can all, if we really want recover, get well and enjoy life to the full.
What makes you a good volunteer?
I'm passionate about my and other people's recovery. I'm caring and understanding about people's needs in recovery. I'm willing to give my time, I'm patient around clientele and concerned about their day-to-day wellbeing. I've always volunteered to do anything that helps CGL help clients in all manner of situations.