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Peer Support Volunteer – CARDS

Many of our clients who engage with the CARDS Service become curious about or wish to engage in recovery or with dedicated recovery services. In response to feedback from clients and volunteers we now have dedicated Peer Volunteers who themselves are in recovery and have lived experience of that journey and can provide our clients with hope and belief that they can make a positive change.

About Rowan Alba

Rowan Alba Limited is a charity set up to work with people who are at risk of becoming homeless. We believe that all individuals have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and offer support in a person centred way, with the individual actively involved in planning their care. We work with older homeless men and women in our supported accommodation and individuals in the community who are having difficulty sustaining their current accommodation. Many of our service users would benefit from more social contact and just having someone to talk to could make a big difference to them.

Experience Required

The fundamental resource that a Peer Volunteer can bring to the befriending relationship is themselves, their life experience and recovery story, and be open within the befriending relationship. A level of experience or knowledge of coaching is desirable but not essential as training and support will be provided.

Training Details

Initial training covers ARBD (alcohol related brain damage), boundaries, volunteer ethos / role and then continues throughout the year with motivational interviewing, counselling, one to one/ group supervision and shadowing with Rowan Alba services.

Flexibility & Commitment

School Holidays;Term Time;Flexible

The position is Mon - Fri 9-5 with a commitment of 2 x hours per week flexible within that.

Location/Travel Details

The one to one client / volunteer sessions will take place in client’s homes and community settings across the city of Edinburgh. Volunteers will be matched with locations that are convenient for them to visit.


Travel expenses paid upon request from volunteer

Accessibility Details

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Disabled Access Toilet