A distance, travelled.

‘I think MILE was a great course which helped me so much, and gave me a sense of hope that I can achieve things in life which I have not felt for a long time! I would like to truly thank MILE!'

We’re about futures, not pasts. You’ve got abilities, knowledge and strengths that could potentially make a real difference to a recovery service in Wales. We’ll help show you how.

If you’ve made the recovery from substance misuse or other wellbeing issues in the past - or been affected by someone who has – and you want to help others experiencing the same, MILE is for you.

So how does it work?

MILE is a training programme. It’s designed to help you get to a point where you’re comfortable and confident entering substance misuse volunteering.

It’s aimed at people who have experienced recovery from substance misuse or other long-term wellbeing issues, or who have been affected by the wellbeing issues of friends or family.

The programme takes about 10 weeks and is a mixture of group sessions, 1-to-1 work, and periodic reviews to make sure it’s all going well. We’ll cover the things you need to know when volunteering, such as boundaries, confidentiality, and dealing with challenging behaviour. It’s a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, and we tailor the work you’ll be doing to fit you. We do it that way because we’re hoping we can help you become more confident in your strengths and capabilities.

You’ll also have the opportunity to complete a City and Guilds Level 1 Qualification in Employability and Personal Development Skills, which runs alongside MILE subjects delivered within the programme. We’ll talk with you about this a bit more when we meet you.

How do I get involved?

Just fill out our volunteer application form, and let us know it’s MILE you’re interested in. Once we’ve got the form, we’ll invite you in to talk it over, and make sure that MILE is right for you at this moment.

If it is, we’ll sign you up and let you know when we’ll be getting started.

Sometimes, we’ll find that MILE might be too soon for applicants; in that situation, another of the programmes we run might work best for you to begin with. We’ll help you figure out which one is right for you.

Got questions?

No problem – just e-mail us or give us a call.

Any problems applying? Get in touch with us and we'll try and sort it out.

What our MILE attendees have said:

Fantastic! The next step in my recovery journey. Has opened doors, opportunities and ideas that I didn’t know were there
Absolutely brilliant. Really enjoyed it
A boost to my confidence
Bloody fabulous!
We’re all awesome – thanks MILE
A distance travelled, a joyful path walked

I am really enjoying the course, and it’s exactly what I wanted and needed before moving forward into volunteering, this time last year I was barely leaving my house and suffering from panic attacks, I feel so pleased I have been able to attend each week. A really positive milestone :)

I think I have been lucky to work with the other people on the MILE, as they are all willing to compromise to give each other the best experience, also I believe a smallish group like ours has enhanced my experience

There are some challenging aspects of the course for me, which is to be expected after a long time of alcohol abuse, but the course is set up in a way that takes the pressure off, and the facilitator is just great at putting you at ease