If you’re going through substance misuse and alcohol-related treatment, NewSteps may be for you. It’s a chance to meet people, build skills, and be part of something incredibly positive.
Recovery can be a lonely experience, and we often talk to people who simply feel bored, don’t have confidence in their future, or worry about moving backwards, losing the progress they’ve made towards recovery.
NewSteps helps you connect with people who are experiencing the same thing. It gives you the chance to play your part in projects that are of real benefit to the communities around you. It can also help you cement your recovery by providing you with something real, meaningful and positive to engage with.
What sort of things could you be doing?
Just about everything. There’s a range of different projects that we and our partners need your help with. These could be gardening at visitor sites, helping the charity shops that bring in money to keep charities going, or other community projects.
Want to see some examples?
The National Museum of Wales (St Fagans) is one of Wales’ most popular visitor attractions. Our NewSteps volunteers help keep the parklands and historic buildings at their best. (St Fagans opportunities run on an ‘as and when’ basis. You might need to start on something else with us while we wait for these to become available.)
Pedal Power is an organisation that helps people with specific needs get access to bikes. This can make quite a big difference to their everyday lives. Our NewSteps volunteers help by keeping the bikes in their proper working order, or by helping customers pick the right bike.
Charity shops exist all over Cardiff and the Vale. They bring in essential funds that help many good causes keep going. Our volunteers help them with their day-to-day running.
Riverside Community Gardens is a project that teaches people from all walks of life how to grow food and how to live healthier lives. The variety of fruit and veg grown here is amazing – and our NewSteps volunteers help it all keep going.
How can I get involved?
We run several different volunteer programmes, aimed at different stages of recovery. We want to make sure that you’re on the programme that’s going to work best for you.
To get started, contact us at the details below and let us know on there that it’s NewSteps you’re interested in. We’ll send you the relevant forms – fill those in and send them back to us. We’ll then invite you in for a chat (we’re based in Cardiff) to talk it over with you and see what’s best. Alternatively, you keyworker might refer you, but the rest of the process will still be the same.
T: 029 2052 9002