Sova Norfolk Mentoring provides fully trained volunteers in the community to support individuals with identified substance misuse behaviour as part of a wider behaviour change service across Norfolk.

The service provides specialised practical behaviour change interventions through community mentoring, enabling individuals to tackle problems, build confidence, integrate into their community and reduce risk of harm and ongoing substance misuse.

Our volunteer mentors support individuals in a number of ways such as through community detox or long term mentoring; reducing social isolation and improve living skills. We also support those who are not ready to engage with the wider service, encouraging engagement and raising awareness of the impact their substance misuse may have on themselves, their families and the wider community.  

We work with any adult who has identified that substance misuse impacts their living but in particular we support:

  • Young parents and pregnant women
  • Those who have a significant history of substance misuse
  • Individuals exiting hospital
  • Moving out of recovery pathways

Our volunteer are given an opportunity to build on skills to support their learning, give back to their community and gain an understanding of the barriers and stigma associated with substance misuse including alcohol, opiate and non-opiate use. Volunteers will also work closely with other professionals across the service to provide the best outcomes for our service users.

“She [volunteer] made me feel more positive, made me believe in myself more, as my confidence started to slip!”

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This project is funded by: