Volunteers

Matt Rourke

Matt Rourke

M. I. S. Lead

Matt joined us at Alpha House in the summer of 2017 having lost everything through his addiction. Showing willingness and dedication, he got stuck in with groups and mutual aid meetings and quickly found a place for himself within Alpha.

As he continues to grow in his life through recovery, Matt is taking steps to move forward with his life. He now attends college in Bradford to study Health and Social Care and volunteers with us one day a week to help in the office.

Brendon Bennett

Brendon Bennett

Day Centre Coordinator

After completing the programme at Alpha House last year, I entered Detox to get off my last bit of Methadone and then went to Castleford for a while. After a few months; when It felt safe to do so, I came back to Halifax, found a nice apartment and then started volunteering for Alpha House.

I am really enjoying the role at Alpha House and I am also volunteering for the Hepatitis C Trust. I am hoping to work in drugs or alcohol services in the near future, so I am gaining valuable experience in both my volunteer roles. My future is looking bright and I am exploring many different options at this time; life is good.

Vladimir Koriakin

Vladimir Koriakin

Housing Support Trainee

I am originally from Lithuania and came to the UK in 2009 after serving in the Motorised Infantry with NATO. After leaving the army I struggled and then ended up on drugs. I came to the UK to get away from my drug using companions but soon realised that getting off drugs was not that easy, and I couldn’t do it on my own.
Alpha House became the answer for me, and I haven’t looked back.

I have just finished my Maths and English GCSE’s and have also completed my Health and Social Care NVQ. I really enjoy volunteering for Alpha House and I know it will add to my CV and help me into employment. I am a trainee Housing Support Worker volunteer and I am really enjoying that.

My long-term plans are to work in the sciences in a laboratory setting but in the short term I would enjoy working in the care sector.

Ian Collinson

Ian Collinson

Housing Support Trainee

If anyone who saw Ian when he came to Alpha House back in 2017 met him today, they would not believe he is the same person. With numerous health concerns that left him emaciated, hobbling around on crutches, Ian has gone through an amazing transformation.

With the support of Alpha House, Ian stopped his use of illicit substances and successfully detoxed from a 25-year opiate addiction. Since then, he has continued to grow in both his personal and professional life, transitioning from client, to volunteer, to paid staff member.

Not only through his permitted work for Alpha House, but also by playing an integral role in starting a new charity for ex-offenders, Ian is now showing his true potential in life.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Day Centre Coordinator

Mark has been with Alpha House since March 2018 and has been steadily growing ever since. Initially, Mark focussed on reducing and detoxing from his substitute medication, and following his success, he has firmly set his sights on his future.

Not only is Mark volunteering with Alpha House as a Housing Support Worker, he is also working towards his dream job as a heavy equipment operator. He has managed to attain a part-time job for permitted work while he studies for his crane license, and when you combine that with his volunteering role, it’s safe to say Mark keeps himself busy.

Being such a great example of putting a life of crime firmly behind him and working towards his future, Mark also represents Alpha House by visiting prisons to meet with potential clients.

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke

Day Centre Coordinator

Before I came to Alpha House, I was homeless, begging and sleeping in shop doorways. I was only at Alpha House a few months before my life started to turn around dramatically. I began volunteering for Alpha House in an unofficial capacity long before I became a formal volunteer, simply to help out and have a sense of putting something back.

My past is primarily time spent in the military where I served in Afghanistan for a period which at the time didn’t seem all that traumatic but I held my best mate while he died of a sniper bullet and this messed me up mentally and led me to deaden the memories with drugs. It took me a long time to become emotionally stable, but I feel great now and I’m hoping to work in drugs or alcohol services when I’m ready, which hopefully won’t be long now. In the meantime, I’m really enjoying volunteering at Alpha House.

Saqib Ahmed

Saqib Ahmed

Gym Coordinator and Gardens

I came to Alpha House about a year ago from a Probation Approved Premises and with the change of environment I started to thrive. I have some mental health issues but the good thing about Alpha House is that it doesn’t exclude you from moving on. I am a trained Gym instructor, so I get to help people train in the gym, also I really enjoy gardening, so I have been helping residents to do up their gardens. I have got a lot of vegetables planted which should prove to be a good harvest when they are fully grown, and we will all be able to enjoy them. I have also planted a loot of flowers and herbs so the gardens at the flats are looking really good. It has given me a lot of satisfaction as well as a lot of the other residents. It is also a very good activity for improving mental health, it is quite soothing and you can do it on your own or as part of a group so its good to be quiet and its also a good social thing to do.

Most people have some idea of what they will do when they leave but I’m still exploring options. The thing is, I used to think I didn’t have any options, now I know I have many.