Are you in Recovery from Addiction?

Would you like a career supporting people with Addiction issues?

Our Drug and Recovery Worker Traineeship is an ideal opportunity to gain essential experience and qualifications to start a career in substance misuse support.

Who we are?

We are The Forward Trust, the social enterprise with charitable status that empowers people to break the often interlinked cycles of crime and addiction to move forward with their lives. For more than 25 years we have been working with people to build positive and productive lives, whatever their past. We believe that anyone is capable of lasting change. Our services have supported thousands of people to make positive changes and build productive lives with a job, family, friends and a sense of community.

What you will be doing?

You will be working with a team of experienced Recovery Workers and learn all aspects of supporting clients with addiction issues.

The role will include some evening/weekend shift work and with reasonable notice to travel to other projects in your region to deliver services, enabling continuity of care for the client group.

You will be helping to deliver abstinence-based recovery through an intensive structured programme. The components include group and individual psychosocial interventions. You will be participating in Group therapy as this is the central driver of understanding and, therefore, change.

You will manage your own caseload, provide appropriate guidance and care plans, deliver structured 1:1 and group-work sessions.

The Traineeship is offered on a 12 months fixed term contract basis and comes with a support package including mentoring, clinical supervision. As part of your traineeship, you will receive funding to enrol and complete a level 2 or 3 in Counselling. The aim of the traineeship is to provide you the work experience and qualification required to be able to start a career in the substance misuse support field.

What we are looking for?

You will have been in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol with over 2 years abstinence from all substances.

We are looking for someone with knowledge of and commitment to the 12-step process of recovery from addiction. A person that is continually looking to learn and develop themselves. Commitment to own learning and personal development. Being a team player is incredibly important at the bridges and would like someone that is able to demonstrate teamwork in everything they do.

Managing a case load in a fast paced environment requires Good organisational and communication skills.

You will have Experience of supporting vulnerable adults (this may come from volunteering, student work placements or previous employment) a genuine appetite for working with vulnerable clients.

Integrity is key to succeeding in this role you will have a good knowledge of boundaries and why these are important.

What we will offer you.

Alongside Simply Health coverage, and a contributory pension scheme to assist employees with their general health and well-being. We offer:

Training opportunities and career development
Season Ticket Loan Scheme
Cycle to work scheme
Childcare Vouchers
25 days (rising to 30 with length of service) Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays
Contributory Pension Scheme – Employer matched contributions of up to 6% in the first two years’ service and up to 9% thereafter
Death in Service Payment (2x annual salary)
Critical Illness Insurance (subject to qualifying criteria)