The Whitechapel Centre recognizes the incredible work of its volunteers who freely give of their own time and energy, coming alongside some of the most vulnerable and often dis-empowered people in our community. Many of our volunteers have themselves been, or may still be in recovery and for them, volunteering can be a major step forward in their own journey to full recovery.
Volunteers undertake a range of daily tasks which help us to run smoothly, including accompanying on visits and appointments, training and mentoring new volunteers and supporting service users during activity sessions.
Gary, one of our volunteers, said: “Volunteering at the Whitechapel Centre is a key part of my recovery journey. It gives structure to my day and it’s great knowing that I’ve made a difference to the lives of people who are facing the struggles I once experienced. I hope that the support and advice I can offer will encourage clients to make changes in their lives and perhaps fill my shoes as a volunteer in the future.”
The Merseyside Recovery Awards is organised by Action on Addiction and The Brink. Merseyside has previously been known for its drinking and drug culture, but over recent years there has been a massive change in the way problems are addressed. This has led to a recovery revolution in the area. The awards celebrate the individual and collective achievements that have put Merseyside firmly on the map as a principal region of recovery.
Our congratulations go to all the nominees for the Awards – all recovery superstars!