Freedom House Goes Large !

Following the success of Freedom House, which began in 2010, TBRP are pleased to announce the addition of a second home for people suffering from addictions.

Freedom House Therapeutic Community is an abstinence-based residential centre based in Calderdale. TBRP has provided 24/7 support by people in recovery, offering a peer-to peer package of care to over 15 people, many of whom are now in employment, managing their own homes and rebuilding family relationships. For some people, the lived-experience is essential for sustained sobriety and Freedom House provides a solid foundation for recovery.

As the only abstinence-based accommodation in the area, Freedom House has consistently been full and has operated a waiting list. Therefore, earlier this year, TBRP applied, and were successful, in gaining funding for a second stage house.

Evidence tells us that the road to recovery can take time and through this new initiative, we can now offer space to 6 people at any one time, and provide a longer service, allowing for people to gain more confidence and increase their recovery capital prior to independent living.

The service can also now consolidate the TBRP ethos around community-building and the 2 houses will serve as a stand-alone project creating a support network for all six people alongside the peers who support the houses. In addition, the residents will have more space to invite visitors and guests to increase the use of the houses as a source of social connectivity.

Our second house, based closer to Halifax, has beautiful rooms, stunning views over the town and a wonderful garden that residents will cultivate and grow their own vegetables. This will become the 1st stage house where residents will stay for up to 6 months. The original Freedom House, based on the outskirts of Elland will become the 2nd stage home, available to people for up to 12 months.

Our houses compliment the TBRP and wider Recovery Community and many of our volunteers from TBRP have been involved in the decoration, cleaning and preparation of the new house. We are looking forward to being able to offer the homes to those who do require a little extra support and care and, we will continue to share the stories of people’s lives transformed.

On a final note, we have also got to put out a great big thanks to the people from Lloyds Banking Group who spent time with us in July on ‘A Day to make a difference’, and what a difference they have made. A team makeover saw the transformation of a 100ft garden of weeds into a cleared garden ready for planting. The guys from Lloyds didn’t stop there though as we have also had some bedrooms decorated and donations of equipment covering items both inside and outside of the house.

The criterion for admittance is to be drug/alcohol-free and to demonstrate a commitment to change during the assessment process. The residential service has been developed to compliment the TBRP Recovery Programme and the aim is to provide 24/7 recovery therapy, together with holistic support into stable accommodation, employment and/or training.

Article featured in RecoveryTimes issue 5