Volunteer Training

Initial training for new volunteers

CARDS (Community Alcohol Related Damage Service) volunteers will be given role specific initial training on lone working, boundaries and ARBD awareness. This training takes place periodically usually in the evening from 6-8pm at our head office. Please contact CARDS on cards@rowanalba.org if you have not yet been given a date for your initial training.

Rowan Alba have also produced a compulsory training plan for all staff and volunteers. Six key training courses have been identified that will need to be completed by all volunteers as part of the induction process

Staff and volunteers will also read the corresponding Rowan Alba Policy and in supervision they will reflect on how the specific training course and policy will impact on their day to day practice. In this discussion we would expect you to show that you are able to link your learning to your role as a CARDS volunteer.

Induction Training with SCTV equivalent:

  • SCTV Course Rowan Alba Policy
  • Diversity & Equality Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Health & Safety Health and Safety Policy
  • Principles of Care and Confidentiality Disclosure of Information Policy
  • First Aid Awareness First Aid Policy
  • Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Adult Support and Protection Policy
  • Challenging Behaviour Boundaries Policy & Professional Boundaries Policy
  • Alcohol Misuse

All of the above training has been made available via Social Care TV an E-learning provider. Social Care TV is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC).

https://www.social-care.tv/

You will be given access to each course and will be asked to complete it at home or alternatively you can arrange to come into the office to complete it. Each course takes from 30 minutes to an hour to complete.

ALCOHOL STAR™ OUTCOMES training

The Outcomes Star™ for Alcohol misuse services developed by Alcohol Concern enables workers and clients to measure progress with ‘softer’ outcomes, both holistic and subtle change. The Alcohol Star is designed with and for Alcohol misuse services and clients.

All Volunteers are asked to complete the Star for or with their service user at regular intervals. This is a formal assessment process for which your input is vital as the person working directly with a client. Understanding and completing a Star is not a lengthy process especially when done a regular basis. We have four dates throughout the year to train volunteers on how to use the Star with their clients.

ARBD Awareness training

This site helps you understand Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD), its potential effect on people and how to support them as effectively as possible, and most of all how it can be prevented.

This training is a requirement for volunteers. Please send your certificate to CARDS once you have completed the training

http://www.arbdaware.org/register.html

NHS – Substance Misuse and Harm Reduction Training

We suggest that volunteers attend the half day introduction to Alcohol Problems. This session is aimed at non-specialist practitioners who work with people who are drinking in a harmful or dependent way.

Demand is high and £20 will be charged if you do not attend a planned booking so please let us know well in advance if you cannot attend.

http://www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/Services/A-Z/HarmReductionTeam/Pages/HRTTraining.aspx

CARDS have also recognised the following training courses that may be useful to CARDS volunteers.

Scotlands Mental Health First Aid offers basic general information about mental health problems. It will help to remove stigma and fear and give participants the confidence to approach a person in distress. The skills developed through attending this course is an initial response to distress until other suitable or professional help can be found. Please note: the course will not train participants be mental health workers.

ASIST is a two-day practical workshop developing skills through observation and supervised simulation in large and small groups. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is intended as ‘suicide first-aid’ training. ASIST aims to enable helpers (anyone in a position of trust) to become more willing, ready and able to recognise and intervene effectively to help persons at risk of suicide.

Any other upcoming training and how to access it will be sent out periodically to volunteers.

EXTERNAL TRAINING

We would also like to bring your attention to some great training that is provided through our NHS and other Partners. You can register for these courses through us and any expenses incurred for attending this training will be reimbursed by Rowan Alba.

Vital Skills in Befriending – Befriending Networks

This training is accessible online. You will receive personalised feedback on your progress from Befriending Networks and CARDS. This training is therefore specific to the CARDS service. www.befriendingnetworks.org

The modules included in this training are:

  1. What is befriending
  2. Values and attitudes in befriending
  3. Communication skills
  4. Building befriending relationships
  5. The matching process
  6. Boundaries and confidentiality
  7. Support and supervision
  8. Roles and responsibilities within befriending
  9. Managing endings
  10. Befrienders as community connectors

Once you have completed all the modules you will receive a certificate from Befriending Networks.

NHS Health Promotion Services

Face to face and e-learning provider. We would also like to bring your attention to some great training that is provided through NHS. You can register for these courses through us and any expenses incurred for attending this training will be reimbursed by Rowan Alba. Registration can be made online but please let CARDS know if you are attending one of these trainings. CARDS admin will send out email reminders to volunteers when training is available in the local area.

http://www.nhslothianhpstraining.com/TrainingProgrammes.aspx?ProviderId=3

Scottish Drugs Forum – Workforce development Program

A national workforce development service to support those working with and affected by alcohol and other drug use. Registration can be made online but please let CARDS know if you are attending one of these trainings. CARDS admin will send out email reminders to volunteers when training is available in the local area.

  • Understanding Stigma – This one day training will give participants a distinct set of knowledge and skills to help them understand and address alcohol and drug-related stigma.
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (2 day course). – This workshop is appropriate for practitioners who are in the role of conducting one-to-one therapeutic discussions with people using or misusing drugs and alcohol with the focus on making and sustaining healthy behaviour changes. This introductory course will begin to develop knowledge and skills in motivational interviewing and seeks to support practitioners to work towards improving service user outcomes through training in how to apply this method. As an introductory course, it lays the foundations for further skills development. Participants should note that proficiency in motivational interviewing requires ongoing skills practise in their own practice settings and further skills development through ongoing training, coaching and feedback.

https://www.sdfworkforcedevelopment.org.uk/ems/live/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=categoriesavailable&Itemid=294

Please contact cards@rowanalba.org for a place on any of the training listed above.

We also offer additional coaching & supervision, additional training and useful resources.

Rowan Alba Learning Centre

Supervision & Coaching

Useful resources