Volunteers

Matt Rourke

Matt Rourke

Day Centre Coordinator

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.

Charlie

Charlie

Day Centre Coordinator

Charlie is a great example of how rapid change is possible to those who apply themselves 100%. When Charlie came to Alpha House after a prison sentence, it was clear he wanted change. By attending all groups with Alpha House, getting involved with mutual aid meetings and helping out around the office, Charlie is well on his way to getting a life he’s always wanted.

Today, Charlie still attends as many mutual aid meetings as possible in the evenings, and during the day he attends college and volunteers in the office.
It’s clear to see Charlie has great potential in his recovery, and we can’t wait to see where life will take him next.

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.