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Celebrating SMART Volunteers

During 2018 SMART were lucky enough to have 42 regular volunteers and over 100 one-off volunteers across the charity.

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

Our Service Manager from SMART’s residential drug and alcohol detoxification service explains a little about how important volunteering is to the project.

“We provide a 12 week detoxification programme and have 8 volunteers that support with many aspects of service delivery, such as delivering groups, helping the service users attend personal and medical appointments and general duties around the house.

“Some of our volunteers have been through our programme themselves and are in recovery, others are passionate about helping people to get better. On average our volunteers give around 4-5 hours per week of their valuable time, some would be happy to come everyday, which is extremely honourable. Helping others and seeing the progress that people are making as visible recovery is a powerful thing!”

Darren, SMART Howard House volunteer said: “I have been volunteering for over two years at Howard House, I wanted to volunteer to give something back and make a difference as I myself have been down the same path and succeeded. I want to help other progress and fulfil their hopes of abstinence and a healthy lifestyle. Howard House has given me the opportunity to do that”

Cameron, SMART Howard House volunteer said “I have only been volunteering here at Howard House since January 2019, a friend recommended that I tried it as it is very fulfilling. I like volunteering and find it very rewarding”

Pictured below: Darren and Cameron.

SMART Howard House would like to say a massive heart felt thank you to their volunteers and to all the other amazing volunteers out there who give their time to help others. You real are true superheroes!  

More about SMART Howard House.

More about Volunteers’ Week.

Be a Superhero and find out about volunteering for SMART.

Volunteering FACTS:

  • 2 in 5 people in the UK volunteer at least once a year.
  • 1 in 5 people volunteer at least once a month.
  • Volunteering contributes an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy.
  • The most common reason people give for why they volunteer is to improve things and to help others.
  • 93% of recent volunteers say they enjoy their volunteering.
  • Over 75% of volunteers say that volunteering improves their mental health and well-being.

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