Andrew Ogilvie, Covid Response Team, Jason Higgins and James Carey
Andrew has been a volunteer with the Bournemouth service for almost 4 years, starting his journey as a client before completing the peer mentoring and peer advocacy course. He supports staff with the co-facilitation of a Friday morning group and undertook training to enable him to start Bournemouth’s first Mutual Aid Partnership (MAP) group. He has shown amazing dedication to both the service and his own recovery journey. Andrew battled his issues with technology to ensure that groups could be delivered online during the pandemic and has provided training for other volunteers. It is thanks to him that MAP groups have been so successful in Bournemouth, and he is a much valued member of the team.
Covid Response Team, Glasgow North East Recovery Hub
This team of volunteers united at the beginning of the pandemic to ensure that services continued to be delivered and service users continued to be supported through these challenging times. They provided food parcels, delivered hot meals, ran a varied programme of online groups and even delivered Naloxone Training which is imperative to those recovering from an opioid addiction. During the first 6 months of the pandemic, the team delivered 117 online groups, as well as doorstep visits to ensure that service users were not isolated. They put the needs of others first and have demonstrated resilience, compassion and determination.
Jason is a previous client of the Liverpool service and was an original member of the Evening Stimulant Group, which he now co-facilitates. During his time as a service user, Jason was keen to learn and put into practice the skills he was given. As he progressed with his recovery, he became a Community Recovery Champion so that he could help others on their recovery journeys. He is a key member of the supporting WhatsApp groups for the service, welcoming new members and providing support and information where needed. Jason is always willing to share his story and in sharing the ups and downs of his journey, he becomes relatable to other participants.
James is a previous service user with the Glasgow Recovery Hub who, during his time there, engaged really well with the service and was motivated to change his life. He is now a Recovery Champion with the service and volunteers several times a week. James has been facilitating the Opiate Replacement Therapy group every Monday for about a year, and has also been facilitating the Therapeutic Tuesdays group as well. He has an excellent manner and is very passionate about supporting people at the Recovery Hub and in the community.