Working with us

ARA is an exciting organisation to work for. We offer excellent career and personal development opportunities, and the potential to really make a difference to people’s lives.

ARA recognises the quality of care our staff provide to our clients and in turn aims to provide a caring workplace for our staff.

ARA – Staff Vacancies

Thank you for your interest in working for ARA, our staff are at the heart of what we do. We offer a variety of job opportunities in Bristol, Somerset  and South Wales.  We are always looking for committed, enthusiastic people who share our approach and values.

Application packs can be downloaded for the vacancies listed below.

Resettlement Worker

We have been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Justice to deliver the Offender Accommodation Pilot working with people being released from Bristol Prison.

The main aims of ARRO are to:

  • Reduce reoffending
  • Prevent homelessness

The new service will provide support over a period of 3 months within the prison environment and accommodation and support for 2 years in the community.

The pilot will work with 80 prison leavers who would otherwise be homeless. All staff will need enhanced DBS and will be vetted by HMPPS. The service includes participation in an out of hours on call rota.

Resettlement Worker

Band 5 – £22,066 – £25,164

In this role you will:

  • Take a psychologically informed approach to clients
  • Work with prison leavers to develop a support plan which is strength based and includes short and long term goals
  • Work closely with offender managers and landlords

We are looking for people who have:

  • Experience of working with vulnerable people
  • An understanding of offenders / ex-offenders
  • A driving licence and access to a car for work

Closing date – Friday 26th July 2019, 9 am

To Apply:

Click here for the Job Description and Person Specification

You can access the Application Form below – please email your completed Application Form to or post it to the below address.

Chief Operations Officer

Fast Moving, Forward Thinking Charity is looking for “Someone to get Stuff Done”

We are seeking an exceptional person to become our Chief Operations Officer, a new exciting position in the Charity.

Our plan is to increase our financial performance, geographical expansion and ensure we achieve our purpose of “Making life better because we passionately believe that people can change and recover”.

As an organisation we will continue to innovate and will have expanded our services geographically.

As COO you will provide inspirational leadership to our service managers, ensuring outstanding contract performance with a passion for recovery.

Part of the Senior Management Team and accountable to the CEO, you will be excited by the challenge for Ara to grow and improve whilst supporting us to rapidly move from “Good to Great”.

Ara is looking for an individual with the following key experience, attributes and skills:

  • Commitment to Ara’s Values and Principles
  • Commitment to Ara’s ongoing reputation for inclusivity and diversity
  • Passion for and understanding of the role and vision of the charity and its commitment to passionately believing that people can change and recover
  • Proven experience as Chief Operations Officer or equivalent position
  • Ability to use and develop data analysis and performance/operation metrics
  • Knowledge of the legal guidelines and responsibilities of the charity
  • In depth knowledge of diverse business functions and principles (e.g. customer service etc.)
  • Excellent organisational and leadership abilities
  • Outstanding communication and people skills

To apply, please tell us of the skills and experience you will bring to this role in a letter of application and send your C.V to Lindsey Taylor, Office Manager –

The closing date for the application is:

Monday 19th August 2019 – 5pm

Interviews are on the 27th & 28th  August 2019 to be held at our head office at Kings Court, Kings Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF.

For an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity please speak to our CEO Graham England on 07917083135, and read a letter from Graham about the work and vision of Ara here

Access the Job Description and Person Specification here

Sessional Counsellors, North Wales (fluent in Welsh and English)

To take the role of Counselling Practitioner within ARA’s Gambling Services.  Providing individual counselling, by telephone and face to face for clients affected by problem gambling.  Working to ARA’s Gambling Service Guidelines, providing counselling interventions for self-referred clients to the service. Must be fluent in Welsh and English.

Salary: £15.50 per hour (including Supervision pay) plus holiday pay

Contract/Hours: Sessional

Closing date – Friday, 23 August, 2019

Please read the Job Description and Person Specification

You can access the Application Form below – please email your completed form to or post it to the address below.

Application Form

Please click here for an Application Form and email it to the contact listed on the job vacancy, or address it to the vacancy contact and post it to:

The Addiction Recovery Agency

Kings Court

11 – 12 King Street



Volunteer Vacancies

Other opportunities

At ARA volunteers play an important role in meeting the needs of a wide range of people with alcohol, drug and gambling dependencies.  We offer a variety of volunteer work opportunities at our offices in Bristol. We are often looking for committed enthusiastic people who share ARA’s approach and values.

If you are interested in volunteering with ARA please complete an application form and return it to,  Or by post to ARA, Kings Court, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF.  If you have any problems downloading information or any questions about working for us, please call 0117 930 0282.

Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Course Facilitator

An opportunity to deliver educational courses based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques supporting a trained CBT therapist for patients struggling with low level depression and anxiety. You will have a qualification in Psychology or Talking Therapies, preferably knowledge of CBT and experience of working in a Primary Care Psychology Service.


Volunteer Administrator/Receptionist

Providing the first point of contact to clients and professionals alike, a great opportunity to gain experience in administration and reception skills.


Volunteer Cafe Roles

The ARC Café is run by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Volunteers are in recovery and are able to gain skills, experience and training in customer service and food hygiene.