Parent Peer Support Volunteers

The Volunteer Support Network is part of the Parent and Family Drug Support Line, our helpline for parents and families concerned about a loved one's drinking or drugging.

Who can become a volunteer with the Network?

We recruit parents and guardians with a non-judgemental attitude who've experienced their own child or loved one's substance use.

In particular, we encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds including Aboriginal people and Torres Straight Islanders to apply.

What do the volunteers do?

The volunteers work one rostered shift a week from home, speaking to parents and family members who've telephoned the helpline for support. Shifts last 4-5 hours.

They listen, share practical coping strategies and discuss options with the caller.

Volunteers also have the opportunity to promote the service by presenting to community groups and participating in community events.

What does the training involve?

Volunteers undertake an initial two to three day training program that covers general foundational drug and alcohol information and telephone support skills.

Ongoing training and updates are provided along with regular supervision.

Opportunities for further training in drug court processes allows volunteers to attend the Drug Court and assist families by offering support, information and referral to parents needing help within the court.

How do I apply?

Prospective volunteers need to complete an application and are then interviewed.

Please contact the Coordinator for more information on (08) 65530239 or by emailing parentdrugsupport@mhc.wa.gov.au.