22 Sep 2016

Ana Liffey Drug Project: Needle & Syringe Programme Volunteer

Ana Liffey Drug Project: Needle & Syringe Programme Volunteer

PURPOSE
The Needle & Syringe Programme (NSP) is a health promotion intervention grounded in the harm reduction philosophy. Through this service people who smoke or inject drugs can obtain sterile injecting equipment and other drug paraphernalia like foil at no cost to them. Service users are also offered a wide range of advice and support regarding safer drug use and safer injecting techniques, tailored to their needs. The aim of these services is to reduce the damage associated with sharing used injecting equipment i.e. preventing the spread of HIV, HepC, vein damage, overdose, etc.
In this position you will provide sterile injecting equipment and other drug paraphernalia to clients, assist with the stocking of shelves, and information sharing.

WHERE
Dublin city centre.

WHEN
Every Thursday, 9.30am-1:30pm.

DURATION
3 months’ probation with a minimum of 6 months commitment would be anticipated with a review at the end of the 6 months
Supervision is a valuable and necessary resource available to volunteers. There is internal supervision provide by a project worker/team leader on a regular basis throughout the placement. We encourage mutual feedback.

REQUIRED SKILLS OR QUALIFICATIONS

  • An interest in the area of addiction.
  • An understanding of low threshold and harm reduction approaches. o Must demonstrate poise, compassion and non-judgment toward clients.
  • Strong social and interpersonal skills.
  • Good communication skills.
  • A willingness to learn.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Garda clearance required (Ana Liffey Drug Project will process this).
  • Experience in the area of addiction and/or homelessness is desirable but not essential.


WHY VOLUNTEER WITH THE ANA LIFFEY

  • Utilize and enhance your current skills and abilities.
  • Training and learning in the area of addiction especially low threshold and harm reduction approaches.
  • An opportunity to add to and develop skills.
  • Social interaction with a vulnerable and marginalized group.
  • To be part of a busy and dynamic team.


WHY WE NEED YOU

  • To enhance the work currently being done.
  • As an extra resource to the team.
  • An additional support for client group.


ORIENTATION AND TRAINING

  • Induction-as paid staff receive.
  • Training- all training that is available to paid staff is also available to volunteers of ALDP.


HOW TO APPLY
Please go to our website to find the Volunteer Application form on our Volunteer page (http://www.aldp.ie/about/volunteer)
Please reference NEEDLE/SYRINGE PROGRAM VOLUNTEER under the specific role you are interested in. There is also the opportunity to list other areas you may be interested in, if you are open to it.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact: Dawn Russell, Head of Services
Phone: 01-8786899 ext 314
Email: dawn.russell@aldp.ie

Region:
Dublin City Centre
Expiry date:
16/11/16

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