Support Time Recovery Workers

What is a Support Time and Recovery Worker?

A support, time and recovery (STR) worker provides practical support to adults and young people who have mental health challenges or a learning disability, aiding them in their recovery. STR workers are part of a multi-disciplinary team.

STR workers help people deal with some of the other issues in their lives such as homelessness, substance misuse (alcohol and drugs), social exclusion, challenging behaviour, unemployment, and basic skills. They support people to access and participate in community groups, often assisting with therapeutic programmes of care.

There are a variety of ways in which an STR worker might offer help and support, including:

  • assessing a person’s needs
  • building professional helping relationships
  • planning a programme of support
  • working with a person’s family and friends
  • referring people to other agencies
  • recording information and updating records

Where are STR workers based?

STR workers usually work in mental health teams, probation service offices, clinics, courts, hospitals or police headquarters. Wherever they are based, STR workers spend a lot of time visiting service users and meeting with other agencies to create links and connections.

As well as working with service users, STR workers work with mental health nurses, psychiatrists and social workers, as well as various other agencies such as housing, police, training providers and accommodation providers.