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Everyone is very helpful, friendly and approachable

I would recommend voluntary working as it shows you how exactly how the service provides help for others in need.

I am really enjoying working within the service. It helps people to stay safe and get their lives back on track in the right way. I have enjoyed meeting everyone in the South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service (STARS) and their friendly approach has made my voluntary work very enjoyable.

I decided to start volunteering as I had been a service user and got the opportunity to go into a residential rehab.

I wanted to be able to help others myself, if I could, and thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get involved with STARS and work alongside the workers to see what is involved and hopefully gain the knowledge I need to be able to help others.

I am learning a lot from within the service. Everyone is very helpful, friendly and approachable and answer all my questions. Hopefully in years to come I will be able to help someone who is the in same situation I have been in and to be able to show them that recovery can work.

I would recommend voluntary working as it shows you how exactly how the service provides help for others in need.

Lesley Perry

South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service