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.

Malachy McGahan

Malachy McGahan

Day Centre Coordinator

Malachy really hit the ground running when he came to us at Alpha House. Still relatively new to us, he has already shown himself to be a great help around the office and has shown great potential in his service to others.

Here at Alpha, we believe in giving everyone a chance and encouraging them when they begin to show promise. Malachy is a great example of how possessing a great attitude and habing an enthusiasm for giving back can not only help an individual’s personal recovery, but can also go a long way to helping others.

We are excited to see where Malachy’s journey will take him, as we certainly expect great things!

Greg Thackery

Greg Thackery

Day Centre Coordinator

When Greg was admitted to Alpha House in April 2018, he was in desperate need of help after many years of addiction. Even then, however, it was clear to see he had great potential. Even early on, Greg showed us how much he likes to help out, and he hasn’t stopped since.

Greg has successfully detoxed from his substitute medication and is now ready to move on to the next step for his life. In the meantime, he can always be found volunteering his time to Alpha House – usually helping to clean and decorate flats, ready for new residents.

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 Keenan

Darren Keenan

Day Centre Coordinator

Since coming to Alpha House, Darren has been steadily growing in all aspects of his life.

After stabilising himself on his recovery journey, Darren decided to start giving back and helping out in our Day Centre.

Showing great promise through his dependability and his willingness to show up and get the job done, he is quickly becoming a valued member of our volunteer team.

If Darren keeps up his commitment to his recovery, we feel he will go far in life, and we are more than proud to be able to help him on his journey.