The additional resources provided by volunteers will allow for a more targeted and dedicated response to not only support existing service users but to engage with people affected by addictions. This will include young people, families and carers as well as those addicted to a range of substances including drugs (opiates, prescription, over the counter, club drugs, and stimulants) and alcohol.
Volunteer Fulcrum aims to benefit the local community of Middlesbrough and the wider Tees valley area by attracting volunteers from the local area. These include; current and former service users, family members, carers, retired professionals, unemployed, students from local universities and colleges who are studying in the areas of; mental health, health and social care, business administration, digital design, student teachers with learning and training skills, health and social care workers who wish to expand their range of knowledge and experience in the addictions field, training organisations and staff from partner agencies who wish to work more closely with people with addictive behaviours.
The service is recruiting volunteers through a range of methods including, publicity, events, mailshots and social media marketing. As a charitable organisation a range of fund raising initiatives are being planned to help support the provision of more services to help people with addictive behaviours recover from their addiction and re-integrate into their local community.