Meet the Volunteers

Jo 

Hi, I’m Jo and I’ve been with RC since early 2018. I did have an addiction to alcohol and joined RC as a member to try to put my life back together without using substances. I did not understand what recovery would or should look like. Since joining RC I have become a stronger, more confident person – that’s why I began volunteering….I wanted to give something back to the community that gave me so much. It’s such a warm and friendly environment that I’m proud to be a part of.

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I now facilitate women’s group via zoom on behalf of RC and facilitated other groups in the centre before the pandemic – I love the connection I have with my peers. I cannot change my past but I can choose my future. The most important thing I have learned is that recovery should be enjoyable. I love what I do within RC, RC has become an extended family and I feel proud to be part of the community.

TRUDIE

I’m in Recovery myself. I was lucky enough to find the help and support I needed to get through one of the most difficult but ultimately rewarding times of my life.

I realised I had learnt a lot through this process and whilst some of it may just be relevant to just me, some of it may help someone else.

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What drew me initially to Recovery Cymru was the whole idea of community, recovery can be a lonely journey at times and community and a sense of belonging is so important.

The best thing about RC is the philosophy that recovery is not only possible, but probable and should be fun!

My sobriety means that I experience so much more, and I am so excited to be able to help others do the same!

PAUL

Substance misuse is especially relevant to me because a close family member struggled for many years with an addiction. I’m keenly aware of the impact this has on both the person and on family and friends. I discovered Recovery Cymru in 2018 when my band were asked to play at their fund raising event. I believe that there is potential for someone to turn their life around and I’d be glad if I can play some small part in this.  

Simon

Hello there! I have recently been lucky enough to undertake the Recovery Cymru volunteer training and am due to start volunteering in the near future. So, why do I volunteer? Well, I’ve an addictive personality, be it gambling, eating, the gym, if I enjoy it I want to do it ALL THE TIME and to excess.

Some of the past times I’ve mentioned don’t have a direct, negative impact on my life but my obsession with alcohol did. It severely impacted my health, my relationships with friends and family, and became the number one priority in my life. Having overcome this addiction myself and seeing the great work Recovery Cymru do (highlighted by my coach at work, thanks Dom!), it would have been remiss of me not to get involved. The work the RC staff, volunteers, and members do, every single day, to offer each other vital peer support is inspirational and I am privileged to be a part of it.

MATTY

Hiya, my name is Matt and I have been volunteering with Recovery Cymru for almost a year. I’m a very outdoors kind of person, I enjoy walking, biking and being active. I really enjoy volunteering; I’ve enjoyed meeting new people and being able to help them in their own recovery journey by sharing my experiences. As part of my volunteering role I have been lucky enough to accompany members of the Footsteps cohort on many activities to places like the Principality Stadium, St Fagans and The Knap, a beautiful pebbly beach in Barry.

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Before Covid-19 I began co-facilitating PMOIMR in the Cardiff centre as well as a support group at CAU Barry. This was a challenge for me as I am quite a quiet person but I’m so happy that I gave it a go – I loved it! Volunteering has really helped to improve my self-confidence; I have structure in my life, new friends and an increased sense of purpose.