Sarah Vaile – Founder and Chief Executive of Recovery CymruI 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
Tim Norval – F2R Engagement & Outreach WorkerTim has been involved with RC since 2011, coming on board as a volunteer in July 2012. He co-facilitated the Tuesday evening Support Group and other volunteer roles such as the Wednesday cookery social evenings. I became a full time member of staff within RC in June 2013.”As Volunteer Coordinator, I worked with our members and volunteers offering training, information and occasionally, guidance to roles that they may wish to become engaged in. In my new role; ‘F2R Outreach and Engagement worker’, I go to external organisations and explain the F2R programme and it’s benefits to People in Recovery from problematic Substance misuse. As well as my everyday role of supporting members, volunteers and my colleagues when appropriate. 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 – Cardiff Through care & Aftercare WorkerHi 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 & Operational CoordinatorI 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!!
Jude Enticott – Volunteer Coordinator
Hi I’m Jude and I’m excited to be joining RC as the new administrator. I enjoy taking my puppy on long walks, swimming and spending time with my partner, our children and grandchildren. Although not in recovery from a substance, I do have close personal experience of what effect substance misuse can have on both the individual and their families. I have found watching how the strategies and coping mechanisms adopted by RC members, such as sharing real life experiences help to improve people’s lives fascinating!!