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Projects, research and volunteering in the drugs field

This page lists projects and activities that are looking for assistance. Please contact the project involved if you are interested in helping. If your organisation would like to advertise a project here please email the website manager.

If you would like to become a volunteer in the drugs field please see the section on volunteering below.

Projects, courses, activities and opportunities.

Thinking about quitting weed?

Some people use cannabis occasionally and do not experience any problems. Others smoke more than they want to and find it interferes with their life. Some people find it hard to quit even if they want to.

For those who want to stop, University College London are carrying out research to see if a new medication (based on the cannabis plant) can help. We will provide individual support and payment for your time.

This study has full ethical approval and your participation will be completely confidential. For more information, please contact:

Natacha n.shaban@ucl.ac.uk or Tom tom.freeman@ucl.ac.uk

PRISM: DrugScope needs your help to bring good practice to light

The achievements of drug services and projects are rarely reported in the mainstream media and unfortunately bad press can have a negative impact both on those who may need to access services and those who work in the sector. But there is good practice going on across the country that makes a positive difference to users, families and local communities. Unfortunately, we don’t often get the opportunity to share what we are doing or learn from one another's successes. Please see our PRISM page for more information and for how to submit a project.

Volunteering in the drugs field.

Voluntary work in a practice setting is a useful starting point for any career working with drug users and is a good way of gaining experience and testing your ability and motivation for the work. To get a voluntary position you can either contact individual drugs projects in your locality directly, or contact a national umbrella organisation such as the National Centre for Volunteering.

Telephone numbers for local treatment centers can be found in our Helpfinder Database. Helpfinder is DrugScope's database of drug treatment services and provides contact information and basic service provision details for drug treatment and care services in England. It can be used to search for organisations in your area.

Adfam's volunteering toolkit

As part of its work with the Drug Sector Partnership, Adfam has developed a 'Real voices in volunteering' toolkit for use by any volunteer, prospective volunteer, volunteer-manager or prospective volunteer-manager.

It is the first time that generic volunteering material and background information on drugs, alcohol and families has been brought together into one place, illustrated by the real life experiences of recovering substance users, family members and volunteer managers. Throughout the creation of the toolkit, these groups were consulted and their knowledge and expertise used to help make something practical and resonant for the sector.

Download the toolkit here (PDF)

Other useful organisations:

Vinspired
Vinspired aims to make it easy for young people (16-25 yr olds) to find volunteering opportunities in their area.

National Centre for Volunteering
Volunteering England works to support and increase in the quality, quantity, impact and accessibility of volunteering throughout England.

Do It
This site provides details of volunteering opportunities throughout the UK and is powered by a large on-line database of current vacancies. Do-It allows users to search by postcode, type of organisation and type of work. The site has a section on volunteering in the drugs field.

Timebank
This BBC supported campaign gives you the opportunity to share your time and skills with your community. The site allows you to register your details in order to receive a list of organisations in your area that need help, and which match your interests.

National Association of Voluntary Service Managers
NAVSM is the national association for Voluntary Service Managers in the fields of health and social care. It has a section on opportunities for volunteers.

Society Guardian – Volunteering section
Up to date news coverage on volunteering issues from the on-line version of The Guardian newspaper.

Do you have a project or activity you'd like help with? Contact Jackie Buckle to advertise it here.