Joanne joined our volunteer family in May 2018 – here’s a little bit about how why she chose to apply and what she thinks about volunteering with Scottish Families:
‘Growing up my dad was a respectable businessman, he had some mental health struggles and ended up turning to drugs. This showed me how quickly and easily drugs can affect someone’s life, no matter what their circumstances are. This also made me into a very non-judgemental person, who can empathise with people.
‘Seeing my dad go through these difficulties has shown me how important support for substance users is. But also, that family members need support in these difficult times too. So, when I saw the opportunity to help and support family members I couldn’t wait to get started.
‘Volunteering for Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is something I am passionate about and thoroughly enjoy doing, I have enjoyed supporting people over the phone and knowing that your helping someone when they need it most is a great feeling.’
If you are interested in applying to be a helpline volunteer with us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org who will talk you through the role and answer any questions you may have.