Recovery Support Worker Wokingham Copy

We are currently recruiting for a Recovery Support Worker to join the Wokingham team.

Salary: starting from £18,799

Location: Wokingham

Pension: 6% after first 3 months

Annual leave: 27 days per annum + bank holidays

Other: Employee Assistance Programme 24/7

This post is an excellent first post opportunity for someone looking to work in this field. The ideal candidate will need to be empathetic, passionate and willing to work flexibly, so that they can build a rapport with the clients and promote both recovery and well-being. Working as part of an energetic team, the post-holder will proactively engage alcohol and other drug users who have been identified as requiring low to medium intensity treatment to overcome the effects of their problematic substance use.  They will provide a range of interventions to those individuals and support them through the process of accessing treatment to achieve successful outcomes.

Some experience of carrying out assessments, risk assessments, case work, care coordination or support planning is welcome but not essential as post provides opportunity to complete an accredited Level 3 qualification; Working in Substance Misuse & Complex Needs.

Key tasks include:

  • Work with clients to address problem substance use and associated issues to achieve and sustain recovery
  • Manage the referral process and carry out assessments, identifying priorities and ongoing needs
  • Deliver brief interventions, harm reduction advice and structured interventions
  • Facilitate needle exchange services
  • Manage the closure process and contact clients on Recovery Support
  • Support and facilitate group work sessions with service users, including occasional evening groups where appropriate
  • Support delivery of outreach services
  • Facilitate ‘drop in’ and peer support services
  • Maintain accurate client records and data for monitoring purposes

Benefits of working for SMART

  • Competitive salary and annual review
  • Employee Assistance Programme – Free confidential support and information 24 hrs a day 365 days a year
  • Open, professional and friendly environment
  • Annual Leave 27 days per year plus bank holidays (pro rata)
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Commitment to your continual professional development
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme

To meet the demands of this role you will need to be able to demonstrate empathy whilst keeping professional boundaries. Knowledge of substance misuse is not essential, instead you will need to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.

Due to the nature of our work, all staff are required to complete an enhanced DBS check. SMART CJS is committed to the principles of promoting dignity in the work place for all this includes encouraging diversity and equality of opportunity for all. SMART continues to work hard to ensure that its workforce is representative of the communities it serves. SMART welcomes applications to any of the above posts from minority ethnic groups and those who have lived with or experienced substance misuse related problems.

Closing date for applications is: Midnight Sunday 9th December 2018.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th December 2018.

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Please note we are happy to accept CV’s with a covering letter to apply for this role.

The covering letter needs to evidence the following two questions:

  • What attracted you to this role in particular?
  • How will you demonstrate an empowering and emphatic approach to the role?

 Alternatively, you can complete the application form in full. If you would like any further information, please contact

Completed application forms to be sent to

Download Job Description and Person Specification Recovery Support Worker

Download Application form Recovery Support Worker (2)


SMART has been delivering services to people with complex needs since 1996.

Our innovative projects are designed to support recovery and reintegration into local communities, build confidence, self-esteem, develop skills and build recovery capital.

We are a small charity with a big heart; putting the service user at the centre of everything we do.

Our mission is to provide safe spaces to work with vulnerable people within our communities, empowering them to make positive changes and take control of their lives. We are proud of our culture and our values to be: Trustworthy, Respectful, Helpful and Honest.

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