About the project

Working in partnership with the University of Essex, the three year ‘SWEAT’ project (Steroids, Weights, Education And Therapy) provides a specialist service for users of Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs who live in Essex. This will include a needle exchange, support and advice, education around safer injecting and partnership working with local gyms and pharmacies. 

Who are we looking for?

  • Accredited counsellors or part accredited (final year of counselling qualification)

  • BACP Membership/ student membership.

  • Able to provide proof of receiving clinical supervision.

  • Someone who is interested in supporting a new and exciting service working with people who are using (or have used) steroids and other image and performance enhancing drugs?

  • Able to devote a couple of hours per week to help us reduce harm to people who are using or considering using steroids?

  • Are you able to provide 1:1 high intensity psychosocial interventions? This may include addressing factors relating to feelings of self-esteem and undiagnosed/untreated body image and/or body dysmorphic disorder needs.

  • Someone who is able to establish and manage a boundaried and professional counselling relationship to enable service users to explore issues around their steroid use.

What we give in return

As well as our extensive and unique training opportunities, Open Road contributes £25.00 towards your supervision plus expenses. 

Becoming part of this new team is a great way to give something back to your community, whilst potentially making some new friends along the way.


At any one of our centres (Colchester, Basildon, Harlow, Chelmsford and Clacton). 

Training Provided

All Open Road Volunteers are asked to complete the following training: 

  • Induction

  • Health and Safety Essentials

  • Equality and Diversity

  • Information Governance

  • Safeguarding Adults

  • Safeguarding Children

  • Dual Diagnosis 

Volunteering for Open Road also gives you the opportunity to complete the following training: 

  • Dealing with Aggression (Conflict Management) Recovery Training

  • Incident Reporting

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Mental Health Awareness

  • NPS (Legal Highs) Awareness Recovery Planning

  • Theseus

  • Domestic Violence Awareness 

  • S.W.E.A.T specific training surrounding steroids/IPED's and body dysmorphic disorder

Placement Requirements

You must be over 18 years of age, provide two satisfactory references and complete an application for Enhanced DBS Disclosure (arranged by Open Road). 

How do I contact the Open Road Volunteer Team?

For volunteer enquiries, please email [email protected] or call Head Office Volunteer Team on 01206 369782

To apply, please complete a volunteer application form as well as an equal opportunities form and return to [email protected]

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