Overview: Commissioned by Gwent Substance Misuse Area Planning Board to enable drug and alcohol services in Gwent to further support people’s recovery by helping them to develop new skills and confidence through volunteering and enhance service delivery. Used by 6 Recovery Teams covering the counties of Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Newport and Caerphilly. One of the teams, Gwent N-gage, supports young people and their families from across the whole of Gwent with drug and alcohol information, training and support as well as mental health support.
Earn: taking an active role in their service; being a Time Credit Champion; facilitating groups such as mindfulness, cooking, breakfast drop ins; peer mentoring; environmental clean-ups – such as footpath laying; manning reception; administrative duties; key holding duties; sharing experiences at training; stewarding at events.
Outcomes: increased personal self esteem and confidence, new skills, health and wellbeing, social isolation, community connectivity, increased co-production in services,family engagement.