SUIT – Service User Involvement Team

Service User Support

SUIT provide support for those that live in Wolverhampton of which are either struggling with or in recovery from drugs/alcohol.

To access the service…

  • Service users can drop in between 9.30am – 4pm Monday to Friday to self-refer
  • Organisations can refer a service user by completing the SUIT referral form and then send it via email to CCole@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk.

This is not a secure email so please complete the referral form without service user name/contact details on it. Once you have sent the referral form please call 01902 328 983 and ask for the Project coordinator Chris Cole to supply service user name/contact details to match the submitted referral form.

Volunteering Opportunities

SUIT offer volunteering opportunities for those that can demonstrate stability within their life and recovery. The main objective of the SUIT volunteer Programme is to provide the relevant support for individuals to maintain their recovery, gain work experience/qualifications with the end goal being focused on the integration back into the community.
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The criteria is as follows…

  • Abstinent from all substances/alcohol for a minimum of 3 months (or)
  • Minimum of 3 months clean from all illicit substances and stable on prescription – If drug use is the primary substance.
  • Minimum of 3 months drinking at recommended safe drinking limits (Under 14 units per week) – If alcohol is the primary substance.
  • Can demonstrate a stable life style
  • Shows high levels of motivation to progress within their life/recovery

SUIT also offer volunteering opportunities to individuals without a lived experience of drug/alcohol abuse issues.

During this stage of the volunteer programme the following support and opportunities will be available…

  • Initially based at the SUIT office to complete induction and relevant training
  • Internal and external training provided
  • Opportunities to attend relevant forums and events
  • Opportunities to co-facilitate group work/activity sessions
  • Once trained volunteers will support SUIT service users with advice and guidance one to one sessions
  • Once trained volunteers can support the delivery of SUIT services at SUIT, New Cross Hospital, Thornhurst (RNY recovery service), Pitt Street (RNY treatment service) and Shared Care Surgeries

The volunteer programme is designed to be a comprehensive support package to ensure that the relevant levels of support are implemented. The support available for each volunteer includes person centred/recovery focused supervisions every 4 weeks with an allocated supervisor, induction check list, DBS check, risk assessment/management plan, recovery insurance plan, relapse prevention plan, 3 month review, outcome star monitoring and an exit interview.

Senior Volunteer

The senior volunteer position is for volunteers that have demonstrated good levels of reliability, responsibility, professionalism and have remained stable within their life/recovery during the first stage of the volunteer programme.

Following the completion of the induction check list and a successful DBS check volunteers will then be offered the post of a senior volunteer.

During the senior volunteer stage of the programme the following opportunities will be available…

  • Opportunities to attend strategical meetings with the SUIT Project Co-ordinator
  • Opportunities to attend SUIT event planning meetings
  • Provide shadowing opportunities for new volunteers
  • Increased responsibilities to encourage personal development
  • Training offered to become lead facilitator of SMART recovery groups/activity sessions
  • Opportunities offered to support service development
  • Opportunities offered to manage/host SUIT events/service stalls with the support of new volunteers
  • Health and social care level 3 diploma

On-going comprehensive support will be provided as it was in the first stage of the volunteer programme.

Further Information

Map

16 Temple Street,
Wolverhampton,
West Midlands,
WV2 4AN

Phone: 01902 328 983
Fax: 01902 310 270
Email address: CCole@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SUITWolves