Sarah Vaile - Founder and Chief Executive of Recovery Cymru
I love being a part of Recovery Cymru. Seeing people change their lives and use their experiences to help others is inspiring. Everyone has strengths and talents. Unfortunately, these are often hidden or forgotten, but as a community we help each other to find and express them for the benefit of all! I am passionate about people and strongly believe in the power of shared experience and understanding. I am fascinated by social movements and community, and am committed to groups in society who are so often stigmatized and marginalized, namely, those with drug and alcohol problems, mental health problems and offending histories. I see recovery as a reality and it’s a privilege to work with people who share their lives and stories with others. My belief in empowering people to ‘own and solve their own problems’ has married with my faith in social movements, storytelling and community to lead me to develop Recovery Cymru
Gareth Joseph - Cardiff Recovery Centre Coordinator
Hi, I’m Gareth & I’m Recovery Cymru’s Cardiff Recovery Centre Coordinator. I sometimes facilitate the Support & Self-Help Groups but you’ll always find me in Music Group on Friday afternoons. I joined Recovery Cymru as a member in December 2009 and have been lucky enough to have been involved with the organisation as it grew from a single support group into the vibrant community it is today. Supporting others in their recovery journeys helps me with mine. People in recovery are inspiring people to be around!
Tim Norval - Volunteer Coordinator
Tim has been involved with RC since 2011, coming on board as a volunteer in July 2012. He co-facilitates the Tuesday evening Support Group and other volunteer roles such as the Wednesday cookery social evenings. "As Volunteer Coordinator, I work with our members and volunteers offering training, information and occasionally, guidance to roles that they may wish to become engaged in. I believe in the vision, values and overall philosophy of Recovery Cymru and try to adhere to it in my own personal lifestyle."
Andrew Sims - Throughcare & Aftercare Worker
Hi I’m Andrew, I am the Recovery Community and Aftercare worker. I help to deliver the Footsteps to Recovery programme with our friends and colleagues at Solas Cymru and Newlink Wales. I run groups and offer 1-2-1 support to people who are going through structured aftercare. I joined RC in 2012 after a detox at Whitchurch hospital and with the encouragement of my peers and friends in recovery soon started volunteering and then started working part time at RC. Since I joined RC my life has changed a million times for the better and this year (2017) I celebrate 5 years sober! My relationships with my family have improved 100% and since embarking on this journey I’ve sorted my debts out, got a dog, moved, got married and learned to sail! It’s so far from where I was and its why it’s such a privilege to give my all to help others in recovery to be the best they can be!
Rachel Bayer - Finance & HR Officer
I first got involved with RC in 2011. I had been struggling with my confidence and self-esteem after a bout of depression and needed to get out and involved with something. Having personal experience with the effects alcohol and substances can have on people’s lives; I found the concept of something which was peer led and using shared experience as something inspiring. As I started volunteering and becoming more involved with the community, I saw the impact that this had on individuals lives and found it encouraging about how empowering it could be. Although not in recovery from a substance, I started using the skills and tools to help me in my recovery from depression and it has helped me be where I am today. I have been employed with RC for 3 and a half years now and it still gives me a sense of purpose entering the centre each day and seeing people grow in their recovery!!
Scarlett Williams - Administrative Officer, Cardiff Centre
Jo Price- Vale Development Worker
Jo has had previous substance misuse problems and completed a methadone programme in 2010. Jo began volunteering in the substance/alcohol misuse field in 2010 and gained paid employment through The Peer Mentoring Scheme until the scheme was finished in 2014. Jo was successful in gaining employment with Recovery Cymru in 2014 as Community Development Worker. Jo has a Level 3 QCF Diploma in Health & Social Care and also achieved the PTLLS qualification. Jo is passionate about supporting The Recovery Community and breaking down the stigma that is often attached to substance and alcohol misuse.
Susie Boxall - Community Co-ordinator
I became a member of Recovery Cymru in 2010. I felt, for the first time, that I wasn't being judged for the ways I had misused alcohol but people listened and supported me. I became a volunteer and I am now a member of staff at Recovery Cyrmu. I believe passionately in supporting RC, the peer support approach works, gives hope and breaks down stigma. I have met so many people in this community who have inspired me and helped me in my recovery
Chris Roberts-Clarke - Peer Worker
I ask myself. “Which came first? Depression or drinking?” Only now can I begin to answer those questions. I have been sober since 2015 and had time to reflect on where I have been and how I come to be here now. Through almost 30 years of employment, I was ruled by my anxiety; self-doubt, fear and low self-esteem. Just over two years ago I was unemployed, a failure, worthless responsible for having to sell our home to bail the family out, but enquiries led me to Recovery Cymru. The staff, volunteers and members supported me to stay sober. I began to learn how to deal with problems and think more constructively. I engaged in CBT to deal with the anxiety and depression. I became well enough to volunteer at Recovery Cymru; facilitate groups, attend training courses and ultimately I have secured paid employment as a Peer Support Worker. And now? To quote my favourite poem, “…yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision; And today well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day;”
Claire Norval- Domestic Goddess
I have been working at Recovery Cymru since 2014. When I'm not tidying up after people I volunteer as a Recovery Buddy, I meet and introduce new members, sessional work and even spend a few hours here and there on reception! Recovery Cymru is a 2nd family to me where I feel safe. I used to volunteer with another substance misuse charity and I came to RC to volunteer after I met my now-husband Tim the Volunteer Coordinator. Recovery Cymru has given me stability in my life-after-substance misuse, a focus and perhaps most notably, a husband! THANKS RC! 🙂
Anthony P - Domestic God
For 10-15 years I had alcohol, substance misuse and mental health issues. I had been referred to E-DAS who referred me to RC, where I received texts for a number of months before I actually decided to walk through the doors in the Barry Recovery Centre.
I started attending groups for about a year; going on trips and getting involved with activities provided by RC where I met some great inspirational and helpful people. I then felt I wanted to get more involved within the RC Community and received volunteering training through Recovery Cymru and through the MILE programme. I have helped man the centre and reception for almost two years now. It’s given me a purpose and structure to my life that I desperately needed. Then an opportunity came to me in November 2015 to become an employee to keep the centre clean and organised for the staff and members and I have been here since……………………….RC you are Top of the Pops!!!