The Service User Involvement Team (SUIT) is a project that sits within Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council (WVSC). It is a multi-award winning service that has been in operation for over 10 years. We recieved the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2014.
Following a retendering process in 2018 SUIT are now in partnership with recovery near you who are the drug and alcohol treatment providers in Wolverhampton. SUIT now supports recovery near you with the deliverance of group work sessions, a service user council, activity sessions, training sessions facilitated by SUIT staff/volunteers within the local community, attendance at both national and local events and the SUIT volunteer programme of which is now embedded within recovery near you services.
All of the paid staff and volunteers who work at SUIT have personal and first hand lived experience of drug and/or alcohol abuse. SUIT is a peer led and run service which offers hope and empowerment to those that have been affected by addiction (and associated harms). SUIT offers both an appointments and ‘drop in’ service for those wishing to progress with their lives. SUIT can support service users in areas such as benefits, advocacy, form filling, IT support, telephone support, 3rd party referrals, debt advice, job searches, education and training with the aim to relieve pressure from service users enabling them to focus on achieving/maintaining their recovery.
Initially set up to offer drug users a voice, the service has developed based on the needs, wants and requirements of some of the most vulnerable people in Wolverhampton.
SUIT offer support in the following areas:
- Addiction and Recovery
- Mental Health
- Poverty and Indebtedness
- Rights and Entitlements
- Welfare and Housing
- Health and Well-Being
- Criminal Justice
- IT and Telephone Access
- Tackling Stigma and Discrimination
- Campaigning and Lobbying
Other work streams include: Producing and delivering social justice and addiction training, media work, consultancy projects, IAG, detox support, evening and weekend support, motivational interviewing, family support, translating and interpreting, form filling, recreational activities, careers advice, disclosing criminal convictions plus more.
We are living examples that people suffering from problematic lifestyles can contribute positively to themselves and society. If you feel that SUIT could help you or you would like to become a part of the SUIT team then please do not hesitate to contact us.
An information leaflet can be found in the Downloads section of this page.
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