Alternatives West Dunbartonshire CDS are seeking new Board Members.

Established in 1995 Alternatives is a local Community based Drug Service where our objective is to help individuals and families who are experiencing drug misuse issues become drug free and maintain an abstinent lifestyle back in their own Community.

With 2 adult day programmes, a youth project and a 12 bedded residential unit we are now seeking to recruit new board members to help us achieve our aims and objectives.

We hold regular Board Meetings every 6 to 8 weeks and we are looking for individuals who have an understanding of our services and want to help us make a real difference.

Full details of the services we offer are available to view on our Website – www.alternativesw.org and feel free to call us to arrange a visit to our project where you can speak to us about becoming an active Board Member.

Application forms are available from our website or by Emailing – susan@alternativeswd.org or by calling 01389 734 500


Creative Group Volunteer

Community Recovery Programme and Safe As Houses Project

Do you have a creative skill that you can share with our service users?  We are looking for people with skills and knowledge in all areas of the arts who can help us to devise and deliver creative groups and sessions in all of our  Community  Recovery & Residential services.

For further information regarding this opportunity and Alternatives , please download the Volunteer Application Form and contact Karen for further details Anne@alternativeswd.org

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Volunteer Complementary Therapist

Community Recovery Programme – Dumbarton & Clydebank

Complementary Therapies are an important part of our community  treatment programmes, and provide our service users with space and time to relax and reflect on their recovery journey.  We are looking for a group of volunteers to enhance the skills and experience of our staff so that we can offer a wider range of treatments to our service users.  We welcome applicants with the relevant qualifications or are students looking for practice hours and experience in any therapy.

For further information regarding this opportunity and Alternatives , please download the Volunteer Application Form and contact Karen for further details Anne@alternativeswd.org

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Volunteer Gardener

Safe as Houses Project  Clydebank

Our new Safe as Houses Residential Support Service is the only Therapeutic Community for people overcoming addictions in West Dunbartonshire. We require a passionate and knowledgeable gardener to come and help us develop  the garden at our project  and establish new and exciting gardening projects for service users.

For further information regarding this opportunity and Alternatives , please download the Volunteer Application Form and contact Karen for further details Anne@alternativeswd.org

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Peer Support

Alternatives are delighted to announce the opening of our Safe as Houses Project in Clydebank and are starting an exciting new peer support service for people in recovery.  Operating from our base in Clydebank, we will recruit, train and support a force of people in recovery to work with clients in their communities to spread the message that recovery from addictions is possible. We plan to have various job roles within peer support, including peer educators, befriending, mentoring.

We will also provide opportunities for people to get involved who have experience of addictions and recovery within their family and close friends

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals throughout West Dunbartonshire who can offer a supportive approach to recovery for people with long-term addiction problems.  Applicants will be able to demonstrate a high level of understanding of addiction related issues and be able to communicate well and can work as part of a team and has experience of recovery from addiction.

If you are passionate about recovery and feel you have something to contribute to our mission then please get in touch.

For further information regarding this opportunity and Alternatives , please download the Volunteer Application Form and contact Karen for further details Anne@alternativeswd.org

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Volunteer , Community Café Co-ordinator

Alternatives is working in partnership with the Dumbarton Cine Club based in the Concord Centre, Dumbarton.  With funds from West Dunbartonshire Council common good funds a new community cinema project has now been established in Dumbarton.  People are now able to access a Cinema locally that is priced so everyone can afford to go. We support this project by clients and staff volunteering in the café at screening events.

We are looking for someone who has catering and community café experience who can co-ordinate the café with support from Alternatives staff , to pass on their knowledge and skills to our clients and peers.  We hope to progress to a learning kitchen were all involved have the training and experience to help them move on in their recovery with increased confidence and self esteem, re-engaging with their local community, promoting recovery is possible, and gaining experience and qualifications  that will support them in their future goals

If you are passionate about community cafes, have some experience with running cafes , and can commit to a few evenings a month we would love to hear from you. 

For further information regarding this opportunity and Alternatives , please download the Volunteer Application Form and contact Karen for further details Anne@alternativeswd.org