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Family Drug and Gambling Helpline Volunteer

Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC)
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The Family Drug and Gambling Helpline provide information, support and referrals to people who have someone in their life using alcohol or other drugs. The helpline is staffed by volunteers and is based in Carnegie, Victoria.

In this role you will support people who are impacted by someone else’s drug or alcohol use by:

  • Helping them to work out strategies for looking after themselves and other family members
  • Encouraging open communication with the person using drugs
  • Linking people with Family Drug and Gambling Help programs, such as support groups, education programs and counselling
  • Identifying people’s individual needs and referring to appropriate services and agencies
  • Supporting callers to put boundaries in place to safeguard themselves emotionally, physically and mentally
  • Helping people identify what they want to do and how they might go about it

This is a peer support role, fulfilled by people who have personal experience of**being impacted**by someone elses substance use.****This lived experience is the key selection criteria.

Helpline shifts are weekdays, either 9 am to 1 pm or 1 pm to 5 pm. Volunteers commit to a 12 month period of 1 regular weekly shift.  Successful volunteers are well supported with training and supervision, including:

  • An online training component
  • Listening/shadow shifts
  • Face to face training
  • Group supervision and debriefing
  • Ongoing opportunities for development

The recruitment process involves: You must fill out the Application form on our website

  • Phone interview
  • Face to face interview

We have three intakes of volunteers each year