SMART Recovery Facilitator

Volunteer SMART Recovery Facilitators see remarkable changes in many of the people who attend meetings, and know that although recovery is an individual’s choice and responsibility, as a SMART Recovery Facilitator they have been able to help make a difference.

Why Volunteer as a SMART Facilitator

SMART facilitation can be a fascinating and absorbing journey. Many of the skills learned can help in other areas of life, including the world of work. Often SMART Facilitators build on their experience of running meetings to take on other leadership roles within the recovery community.

Role Description and Requirements

Please take time to read through the requirements and tasks below before applying.

Personal Qualities/ Training Requirements
  1. You must have completed the ‘Introduction to SMART Recovery’ and ‘Getting SMART’ training modules before applying to be a Facilitator
  2. Once your application has been approved you will need to complete the Facilitator training before you start to facilitate your own meeting.
  3. Ideally, you should have attended at least 5 SMART Recovery meetings
  4. Ideally, you will have had experience of co-facilitating meetings before you start to facilitate your own meeting
  5. You will be at a stage in life where you own recovery is stable
  6. Able to commit wholeheartedly to SMART Recovery values.
  7. Good communication skills and able to engage others
  8. Good organisational skills, able to manage own time and lead a balanced life
  9. A team player, willing to work with others, both volunteers and staff, for the good of SMART Recovery and the meeting participants
  10. Willing to act as an ambassador for UK SMART Recovery and help to build its good reputation.
  11. Self-motivated, able to make a regular commitment of time and energy to UK SMART Recovery
Core Tasks
  1. Abiding by the Facilitators code of conduct
  2. Ensuring meetings are correctly registered with UK SMART Recovery
  3. Running meetings according to the SMART Recovery Meeting Structure
  4. Ensuring the Opening Statement is read at every meeting
  5. Sharing the Meeting Guidelines at every meeting
Setting up Meeting(s)
  1. Finding a suitable location/venue (e.g. a church hall, community centre, charity premises, fire station community room, supermarket community room, library, leisure centre).  Please note; if Meeting Facilitators agree to hire a room they are responsible for any payment. Unfortunately, SMART Recovery does not have funds to cover hire of rooms.
  2. Promoting the meeting by liaising with treatment providers, GP’s and local services using the flyers and posters in meeting registration pack. (or available from Central Office on request)
  3. Procuring necessary resources such as flip chart, paper and pens, tea and coffee if facilities available
  4. Recruiting volunteers to help with practical tasks
Admin Tasks
  1. Completing monthly survey from Central Office.
  2. Notifying Central Office of any changes to the meeting as soon as possible
  3. If passing the hat for donations, ensuring a record is kept and money stored safely.
  4. Collecting leaflets and contact details of other useful services, e.g. debt and money advice, food bank, benefits advice, housing advice, counselling services, out of hours health care etc.
Meeting Management
  1. Readying meeting room: Arranging chairs, flipchart and laying out SMART materials
  2. Meeting and greeting participants
  3. Providing SMART Recovery materials
  4. Tidying the meeting room after the meeting, disposing of used flipchart pages, collecting unused materials and securing room if need be
Meeting Facilitation
  1. Initiating the check-in.
  2. Verifying and setting topics for the meeting agenda with the group.
  3. Initiating and overseeing the group discussion / work time.
  4. Managing challenging participants with the help of the group.
  5. Using a flipchart to highlight discussion points and ensure at least one SMART tool is used at each meeting.
  6. Concluding the discussion with check-out and sign posting.
  7. Encourage others to think about training to become Meeting Facilitators

How We Will Support you

UK SMART Recovery is here to grow the network of effective SMART Recovery meetings, so the support we offer to our network of peer Facilitators is right at the heart of our work.

National & Regional Co-ordinators

Our team of National and Regional Co-ordinators is small but growing and we are always happy to help.


The training we offer is one of the most important ways that we support Facilitators. We get very good feedback that this is working and valued by our Facilitators, but of course we will continue to improve upon this in future.

Facilitator's Manual

When you complete the training you will be provided with a copy of the UK SMART Recovery Facilitator’s Manual.  This document provides a huge amount of information; starting with practical suggestions on how to get your meeting started and then advice on actually running the meeting.  It is not designed to be read all in one go, but dipped into regularly as your experience grows and new challenges present.

Online Facilitator Resources

Facilitators can access additional restricted resources on our website including downloadable worksheets, posters and leaflets.  You will be able to access these resources through your UKSR website account once you have completed your Facilitator training.  You will also be able to register your meeting and inform us of any changes.

Meeting Starter Pack

When you register your meeting we will send you a meeting starter pack to help you promote and run your meetings.  The pack will contain a SMART Recovery Handbook, t-shirt, posters and leaflets.

Application Process

To receive further details and an application form please complete the online enquiry form here.

Please note that individuals wishing to facilitate a meeting on behalf of another organisation (whether paid or unpaid) should apply via the Partnership Application