Wave Volunteer Project
Create a volunteering programme to enhance our services and provide voluntary/work opportunities. Having volunteers will allow us the freedom to offer an outreach service to those unable to attend Project 6, e.g disabled and hard to engage client groups and help increase our out of hours services.
Airedale Voluntary Drug and Alcohol Agency - Project 6
Research in the area showed the community would like more involvement in providing local services and respondents felt strongly that more needed to be done to reduce the drug problem in the Keighley area and provide a future for people coming out of drug or alcohol dependency. Keighley Area Conference 2010 attended by over 100 councillors, local providers and stakeholders identified drug and alcohol use to be the priority issue affecting the health and well being of the people of Keighley.
The volunteering scheme will allow the local community to get involved in helping itself by tackling the substance misuse problems in Keighley head on. There will be an increased awareness and understanding of our service as a direct result, which will increase community cohesion and increase referrals to our project. Therefore increasing the number of individuals in drug and alcohol treatment in Keighley.
Allow hard to reach groups to access P.6 drug and alcohol harm reduction services.
Activities» Get ex service users and the local community to get involved in helping itself by tackling the substance misuse problems in Keighley head on.
Success will be...Increased understanding and awareness of Project 6 leading to increased numbers of people accessing drug and alcohol treatment in Keighley.
Provide a volunteer, training and employment pathway for ex-service users.
Activities» Develop a pathway from service user to peer mentor to volunteer to employee with appropriate support and training.
Success will be...Engaging with a minimum of 20 service users through peer mentoring, encouraging them to access volunteering, training and employment opportunities.
Provide voluntary opportunities for community volunteers who want to support the work of Project 6.
Activities» Ensure each volunteer will have their own tailor made training and development plan to ensure their needs are met.
Success will be...Supporting and training a minimum of 20 community volunteers a year and increasing P.6 out of hours capacity by 50% having a positive impact on service users.
By allowing the local community to get involved in helping itself by tackling substance problems there will be an increased awareness and understanding of the wider issues around substance misuse. It will help to reduce substance related crime by getting service users involved in volunteering & employment and therefore providing inspiration and motivation to other individuals who are struggling with their substance use. Success will be increased numbers in treatment, volunteering and employment.
A local Keighley Area Conference, held in June this year, attended by over 100 councillors, local providers and stakeholders identified drug and alcohol use to be the priority issue affecting the health and well being of the people of Keighley. Budgets for drug and alcohol services are being cut and unemployment is on the rise, the danger is that without this project the health of vulnerable people in Keighley will deteriorate as will employment opportunities for that same group.
The Volunteer Co-ordinator will produce quarterly reports for donors, management and the management committee via email and on monthly newsletters, daily updates on twitter and facebook. We will be reporting on numbers of vols trained, vol hours contributing to project, outcomes & case studies.
Budget - Project Cost: £134,235Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £46,344 Year 1 costs Staff, Mgmt, training voluteers, publicity, events, comms, IT, expenses £43,403 Year 2 costs year 2 costs - (2.5% increase) £44,488 Year 3 costs year 3 costs - (as above)
Project 6 is based in Keighley which is a mill town in Airedale 12 miles north west of Bradford. There is a disproportionate amount of social deprivation in Airedale with high rates of unemployment, social deprivation and substance use. The Airedale area has little provision for substance use or employment support and so this scheme would allow us to do more outreach work supporting these communities back into work and back to good health.
Project 6 serves the whole of the Airedale area and has a population of 108,700. 32% of households are living in deprived areas and 1 in 3 in the Bradford District area which covers Airedale are out of work with 63% of those have no qualifications. Youth unemployment is high, skills are low and 1 in 5 of the population lives in a household with an income under £15,00 p.a. There is a high asian population and we'd like to do more to reach them, young people and those with disabilities.
We are the established drug and alcohol treatment provider in Keighley, West Yorkshire. We provide direct interventions to more than 2000 people each year. Many of our service users when finished treatment are ready to get back to training, employment and work but find there are barriers in place. We will use our access to this group to provide them with holistic support and the means to avoid these problems and build a positive future for themselves.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Rehan Shah/Business Development
Enthusiastic about volunteering at P.6 and will be responsible for co-ordinating the successful establishment of the Wave project.
Dan is a ex-service user volunteer at Project 6. He is supporting current service users with their structured treatment and delivers training.