Recovery Worker

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP) are passionate about supporting individuals to reduce their substance use and live happier, healthier lives. We support people with multiple disadvantages, including substance misuse & mental health, as well as those who find themselves in the criminal justice system. Our services enable the people we support to improve their health, wellbeing and employability. As a subsidiary of Humankind since 2020, we are pleased to confirm that from July 2023, EDP & Humankind will be fully merging to enable the people we support to benefit from a wider range of support and services. 

About the role 

As a Recovery Navigator, you’ll be responsible for working with and motivating service users to engage in the recovery programmes we offer in Dorset. Our service welcomes people at any stage in their recovery journey, starting with the open end of harm reduction, through to brief interventions, extended interventions and structured treatment, and Recovery Navigators offer support throughout. 

Day to day duties include: 

  • Working autonomously to manage a caseload of our service users, including delivering a range of psychosocial interventions. 
  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to undertake ongoing assessments, risk assessments, and appropriate referrals within the community 
  • Facilitating group sessions with a range of individuals of varying backgrounds. 
  • Working with partnership agencies to ensure continuity of care and support. 
  • Providing duty cover for individuals accessing our services. 

About you 

We’re looking for a Recovery Navigator with a real passion for working in a recovery focused environment. You’ll hold some transferable skills, ideally from working in a similar environment or sector. 

You’ll also have: 

  • A knowledge and understanding of substance misuse and recovery 
  • Experience of managing, planning, and prioritising your own workload, delivering work of a high standard 
  • An understanding of safeguarding 
  • An understanding of group working, group dynamics and group facilitation 
  • Excellent communication, organisation and time management skills 
  • The ability to work well in a team environment alongside a range of people and organisations 

Check out the Recovery Navigator full job description and person specification.

What can Humankind offer you? 

🏖️ Generous annual leave entitlement (27 days, plus bank holidays, increasing to 32 after 1 years’ service) 

📅 Annual leave purchase scheme 

💰 Enhanced occupational sick pay 

 % Enhanced employer contribution to your workplace pension 

👪 Death in service benefit 

✍️ Free Will writing 

👓 Eyecare vouchers 

🛍️ Blue light card discount 

💡 Fantastic learning and development opportunities, including free training courses 

🏠 Work-life balance- flexible working and family-friendly policies 

🏃‍♀️ Happy, Healthy You! – our wellbeing offers for our workforce 

🤝 Employee Assist Programme and Humankind Support Networks


recovery worker sitting with someone with an open book on the desk and both are laughing
Wimborne, East Dorset

Full Time, 37 hours per week

£21,929 – £25,701 per annum, dependent on experience


Midday on Tuesday 11th July 2023

How do I apply?

To apply, please click Apply Now to download an application form and send these through to

 by the closing date of midday on Tuesday 11th July 2023

Please note that CV’s can be submitted to support an application but may not be accepted without a completed application form. 

Interviews will be held Tuesday 18th July 2023

Please ensure that you quote reference number 25.23 when applying. 

EDP / Humankind is an equal-opportunity employer. 

If you feel that you would fit with our values & ethos, are passionate about supporting people, but maybe don’t feel you have the experience required, talk to us about your transferrable skills. For the right people, we can provide development to help you to realise your potential. 

We welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, or age.  

EDP / Humankind are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  Candidates are subject to additional checks including DBS (to the appropriate level) and prison vetting – details will be specified as part of the vacancy details. Outcomes of these additional checks will be considered before any offer/appointment is confirmed. 

If you have any questions, please email