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TBRP Lastest Timetables for Calderdale including Mutual Aid

TBRP Latest Timetables 2024 – Calderdale

Here are the most up to date timetables for Calderdale, Kirklees and Mutual Aid meetings. You can download and print your own copy or ask for one at your nearest recovery hub.

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Outreach Worker

Work throughout Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust locations to support and engage with people who present intoxicated in A&E and other hospital and care settings. This is likely to involve working outside of the usual 9-5 working week and you will be part of that planning.

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How to have a conversation about alcohol

NEW DATES FOR 2024 – “Having a word” at the right time – can be effective in making people reconsider their drinking behaviour and cut their alcohol intake significantly. Sign up for this FREE Brief Intervention training for alcohol misuse.

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Recovery Coach

TBRP’s success is in our approach to recovery. This includes our bespoke recovery programme and we are now seeking to expand our team of Recovery Coaches. Closing Date: 22nd Jan 2024. 37.5 hours per week. Starting salary from £24,000. To apply, please see our Careers page.

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Recovery Coach (County Durham)

The Durham Recovery Community needs you! The Basement Recovery Project is supporting the development of a LERO (Lived Experience Recovery Organisation) in Durham. As part of this development, we aim to recruit and train a Recovery
Coach who can work alongside CDDARS and other agencies to embed authentic recovery initiatives.

Isle of Arran Story by Callum at TBRP

Our recovery adventure to the Isle of Arran

Over the next three days, stories and experiences were shared, both around the dinner table and on our miniature excursions of the island. The bonds that were formed between us during our adventure will last a lifetime.

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Recovery Coach

TBRP’s success is in our approach to recovery. This includes our bespoke recovery programme and we are now seeking to expand our team of Recovery Coaches. Closing Date extended to 24th Feb 2023. 37.5 hours per week. Starting salary from £24,000. To apply, please see our Careers page.

Want to learn something new?

The Basement Recovery Project is looking for a number of recovery apprentices and recovery builders to learn all aspects of our services. To be considered, all you need to do is express your interest on one sheet of A4 and email it to our head office in Halifax See the website for details.

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2022 Christmas & New Year Message

Thanks to our community for your support over the years as we are fortunate enough to help those most vulnerable across Calderdale. The cost of living crisis is combining with existing disadvantage and vulnerability and putting many of our members at greater risk…

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Recovery Coach

TBRP’s success is in our approach to recovery. This includes our bespoke recovery programme and we are now seeking to expand our team of Recovery Coaches. Closing Date is noon 14th November 2022. 37.5 hours per week. Starting salary from £24,000. To apply, please see our Careers page.

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Tonnina’s Recovery Story

By the time I was 23 years old I was using daily and it was becoming a big problem. I had 2 young children and was struggling to cope with life, and this had been noticed by my kids’ school which led to social services getting involved…

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Damian’s Recovery Story

Don’t think it can’t happen to you! Imagine taking your A-levels while physically addicted to heroin, let alone being admitted to an inpatient detox the same week as your A-Level results are due. Read Damian’s story of how he managed to quit 21 years later …

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A Service of Remembrance

We are holding a service of remembrance in memory of those lost in recent years to mental health and addiction issues. It would be great if you could join us during this time of reflection to come together as a community…

Supporting The Maggie Oliver Foundation

Next month, 10 CiR members will embark on a three-day cycling event – travelling 126 miles from Liverpool to Leeds along the canal towpath. The route will see the team travel through Wigan, Blackburn, Burnley and Skipton before reaching Leeds basin on the final day of the trip – Wednesday 30th March.

Julie’s Recovery Story

As the rest of the world waits to get back to ‘normal’ as we come through the Covid pandemic, some of us are taking life-changing actions.  Congratulations to Julie for reaching 8 months sober and thank you for sharing your story with us. #RecoveryContagion

Community Foundation for Calderdale – Volunteer of the Year Winner

Our Community Coordinator Kev Sheils is recognised by the region as he’s presented with Community Foundation For Calderdale’s 2021 ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award on the evening of 25th November 2021 …

Recovery is coming to a place near you

The recovery community is coming to a place near you! – We are extending our reach across Kirklees. Starting in November we will be running three groups in four new locations; Marsden, Skelmanthorpe, Batley and Crosland Moor…

Want to learn something new?

The Basement Recovery Project is looking for a number of recovery apprentices and recovery builders to learn all aspects of our services. To be considered, all you need to do is express your interest on one sheet of A4, answer two questions and email it to our head office in Halifax.

Rosie’s Recovery Story

Thank you to Rosie for writing and sharing her recovery story with us.  The Covid pandemic has tested us all. To be 8 months into recovery is a wonderful achievement and now, just as Tom showed you it was possible, you are now showing others.  Well done! #RecoveryContagion

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Queen’s Award Presentations

Following our announcement of TBRP being awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June, we were recently honoured to have had not one, but two visits and presentations to receive the award crystal and certificate.

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Sam’s Recovery Story

Thank you to Sam for writing and sharing his recovery story with us. The challenges over the past 12 months have been difficult for everyone but changing your whole life around and remaining in recovery is an amazing effort. Well done Sam!

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New Kirklees Community Residential Service

The new Windmill Community Residential Service in Kirklees is the perfect setting to support detoxification, respite care, stabilisation on substitute medications, community re-orientation following inpatient detox and hospital stays and longer-term stage 1 supported living.

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Gilly’s Recovery Story

After being admitted to hospital for physical alcohol problems; I knew I couldn’t get better on my own. I registered with CRS to get some help and started groups in Todmorden…

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Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

It’s Volunteers Week and what could be more appropriate than to be recognised at the highest level with a royal award – The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Well done and a huge thank you to all our volunteers, especially through the past 12 months of a global pandemic.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Partnership goes green for mental health awareness week

WY&H HCP is funding 10 Green Social Prescribing Projects, which help connect people to nature to improve their mental and physical health. TBRP is regenerating a disused and neglected piece of land in an area of deprivation…

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Recovery Coach

Following new Public Health England funding to support recovery, health and wellbeing and developing recovery pathways within the criminal justice system, TBRP is looking to recruit a number of recovery coaches. Full or part-time positions. Closing date: Noon, 26th May 2021 …

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Want to learn something new?

The Basement Recovery Project is looking for a number of recovery apprentices to learn all aspects of our recovery services. To be considered, all you need to do is express your interest on one sheet of A4 and email it to our head office in Halifax.

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Kelly’s Recovery Story

I was 11 when I first started drinking. I turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism from an early age to deal with childhood trauma…

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Support TBRP with a small donation here on our website

A small donation makes a huge difference

Over the years The Basement Recovery Project has had much support for the work we do in our communities.  We often get asked how you can help us to help others, and now you can.

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Calderdale Recovery Steps is Moving – Many Paths. One Door.

We are pleased to announce The Calderdale Recovery Steps service will soon be under one roof providing closer integration between the two partner organisations, The Basement Recovery Project and Humankind.

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Zoe’s Recovery Story

It was after a few years of using other substances that things started to get problematic. My spending started to get out of control and I was selling my possessions to buy drugs…

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TBRP Christmas and New Year Timetables 2020

Here are our Christmas 2020 and New Year Timetables for our Halifax, Dewsbury and Huddersfield Hubs. Also a Mutual Aid timetable for local meetings. Wishing you all a very safe Christmas.

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Recognise, Value, Change – Embed

When you’ve been in addiction for 15,20 or 30 years you don’t even know who you are or what you like or what you don’t like. So what we do is give people the space and the opportunity to discover what they like and what they don’t like or who they are and who they’re not and sport and activity is used as a tool to do that – discovering who you are.

Alex’s Recovery Story

My drinking stayed like this for years but following the traumatic birth of my son when I was 30, my relationship with alcohol changed…

Kate’s Story

My drinking stayed like this for years but following the traumatic birth of my son when I was 30, my relationship with alcohol changed…

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Two new helplines to launch supporting people affected by drug or alcohol use

From Monday 24th August 2020 we will be launching two support phone lines. The carers line will be available 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri to help those affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. Becky’s Line will be available to people using drugs or alcohol and are in need of out of hours support or who are in crisis…

What you need to know about Cuckooing

Cuckooing is when a drug dealer or a gang takes over a vulnerable adult’s address for criminal purposes, usually as a site to supply, store or produce drugs from. Gangs will exploit an individual’s vulnerabilities in order to make a profit and avoid police detection…

Danny’s Story

Every time I’d thought I wanted to get well in the past, I had thought running away was the only way to do it. This time, I knew that I needed to stop running and try to get well in the place where I’d become so poorly. …

COVID-19 health and wellbeing resources for families

Health and Wellbeing Resources for Families – Covid-19

Helping children and young people cope with the information and changes related to the Coronavirus can be a huge challenge. From school closures and social distancing to increased awareness of infection and hygiene, there is a lot for children and families to process. Here is a great resource for you to share and download.

Getting Started with Zoom at TBRP

We are hosting a number of recovery support meeting via zoom. Here are some instructions which may help you to get up and running with the zoom app.

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TBRP Covid-19 – UPDATE

All our hubs meet the COVID-19 secure guidance and we are providing limited face to face group meetings.  These are restricted and are only available through your keyworker at Recovery Steps (Calderdale) or CHART (Kirklees) Mutual Aid groups will also continue with limited numbers and social distancing guidelines in place.

Marie’s Story

I first got drunk when I was about 13. A friend had got hold of a couple of litres of vodka and we were at another friend’s house sharing it around. I hated the taste but I loved the feeling it gave me. I drank enough to make me really poorly but it didn’t put me off. These one-off binges would happen every so often through my teenage years but it was when I started university in 2008 that my drinking really took off…

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Welcome to The Kindness Hub – Todmorden

The Basement Recovery Project is pleased to announce the opening of our new hub in Todmorden – The Kindness Hub. The hub will officially open its doors for public viewing on March 6th 2020 between 1pm and 3pm. You are welcome to come along.

Running for your life – a couch to 5k review

The first time I went to the track to participate in the 0 to 5k programme I felt apprehensive. I had previously tried several times to complete the programme on the treadmill at the gym. And I had only got to week 3/4 before quitting. The track looked huge and intimidating. I nearly turned back to go home and I questioned my sanity, I wasn’t a runner. Runners don’t look like me, nearly 50 and overweight. But everyone was very welcoming, and I decided to stay.

New Suicide Bereavement Service

A new service to support people bereaved or affected by suicide goes live on Monday (2 December) across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. The service is a response to the fact that people bereaved by suicide are more likely to suffer from severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, or even adopt suicidal behaviours themselves.

TBRP partners with The Hirsche Foundation

The Basement Recovery Project and The Hirsche Foundation have formed a partnership that will help those struggling with addiction and who find themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Recovery Coach x 2

The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) is looking to recruit two recovery coaches who are keen to develop and coordinate the capacity of substance misusers to contribute to their own welfare and recovery from substance-related harms as part of an expanding programme of self-help activities. Closing date: Noon, 16th August 2019 …

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TBRP calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s community fund

The Basement Recovery Project is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags for Help initiative. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awarded to local community projects…

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Running for Recovery – Couch to 5k

I know how much running and exercise has helped me with this but also towards my own mental wellbeing and I just wanted to pass this on in the hope that people can feel the way I do after just a 15-20 minute run, or even just a get together doing something a bit different with people that understand me…

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Tosh’s Story

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been a bad kid. I know there was a time I was happy and normal but that was too long ago. I had an unhappy childhood, I was the second child of five. Dad was a pisshead. I’m really not sure of the why but being unhappy must have played its part…

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Recovery Community Giving Back to Life Saving Hospital Ward

TBRP staff, past and present clients, members of our recovery communities and friends and relatives are all getting behind an event to help raise vital funds for Ward 17 at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.  We hope you will too!

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Thank you to our community 2018

Each year, we send a letter to the Halifax Courier asking them to thank our communities for their support throughout the previous year. Here is a copy of the letter for 2018.

Community Learning Works – update

Since our launch in September 2017, we Community Learning Works has supported over 1000 people to get involved in learning activities. Over 70% of them have gone on to do some further learning. 38% have progressed to formal courses, or have gained work or volunteering placements.

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Office Coordinator

The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) is looking to recruit an Office Coordinator to take the initiative and overall lead to ensure the smooth running of the administration of TBRP services in Calderdale, with specific responsibility for coordinating the Community Detoxification Service. Applications extended from 12/12/2018 to 31/01/2019 …

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From no hope, isolation and loneliness to The Great North Run!

18 months of training with a group of 10 very motivated and hard working runners. All from disadvantaged backgrounds. One fantastic trainer, ex-professional international rugby player, Damian Gibson (DG Ozfit), who was actually one of this year’s local heroes. As a team, we were privileged enough to represent the “Home Run Project” team in the promotional video which was partly aired on the BBC.

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#Alcohol Awareness Week 2018

Every day, 20 people die as a result of their drinking. But alcohol harm is not inevitable. This Alcohol Awareness Week communities across the country call for change. Find us at Halifax market all week and at Todmorden market on Thursday.

TBRP Halloween Party 2018

It was fantastic and very heartwarming to see so many old and new faces, all coming together to dance, laugh and sing. The atmosphere was so warm and friendly, which added to the celebration…

CiR – TBRP 3-Peak Challenge

…this was an enduring but enjoyable and memorable experience. And all for a very worthy cause, The Hull and West Yorkshire Interstitial Lung Disease Service where my dad is being treated. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of CIR and a big thanks to Michelle Hanley for the use of the Basement Project’s van!

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Allen’s Story

If you have been watching Grayson Perry’s ‘Rites of Passage’ on Channel 4, you may have seen Allen featured in episode 4 ‘Coming of Age’.  The programme didn’t have time to explore why people ended up at The Basement Recovery Project and focused on the celebration of recovery.  Allen’s account of his relationship with alcohol is raw, unedited and told in his own words. Thank you, Allen, for allowing us to share your story with the wider community.

Fiona’s Story

If you have been watching Grayson Perry’s ‘Rites of Passage’ on Channel 4, you may have seen Fiona featured in episode 4 ‘Coming of Age’.
In this episode, Grayson explores coming of age which starts with his visit to the Amazon where he witnesses the Tikuna people celebrate the transition of two girls to adulthood. Thankfully, we don’t do that here and he’s not suggesting we do, but he does think we can take something from it.  He’s even more convinced after talking to London teens and people in recovery at The Basement Project.

Where are the recovery timetables and event calendars?

Our recovery programme timetables have moved to the Calderdale in Recovery and Kirklees in Recovery websites. You will find your recovery timetables and events under the Events menu of each site.

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Oh we do like to be beside the …

We cannot thank the Basement staff enough for the amazing help and the funding which gives such hope to those who have almost lost hope for recovery in Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury, and for everything they have done and do for the families…

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Recovery Coach

The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) is looking to recruit a recovery coach who is keen to develop and coordinate the capacity of substance misusers to contribute to their own welfare and recovery from substance-related harms as part of an expanding programme of self-help activities. Closing date: Noon, 22nd August 2018 …

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Trainee Recovery Coach

The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) is looking to recruit a trainee recovery coach who is keen to learn and support all aspects of working within our recovery community in Kirklees and Calderdale.
The role will spread across all areas of work and various locations including; detox house, therapeutic housing, community hubs, recovery groups and administrative work. Closing date: Noon, 22nd August 2018 …

Slow the Flow – It’s not about drugs – but then again, it is.

Going through the TBRP programme, something had “clicked”.  Something has changed this time. I no longer wanted to be a leech to society and wanted to give back.  I was quickly introduced to Kev, one of the Basement Recovery Builders and I have to say, what an inspiration he is.  We are now really good friends. Kev talked about volunteering with …

Pilot Therapeutic Sober Living Treatment Model for Kirklees

Over the last 12 months, The Basement Recovery Project has been developing a pilot therapeutic treatment model for a 24/7, peer-led, sober-living house in Kirklees, called Freedom House. The house is now fully occupied and has delivered some outstanding outcomes…

Overgate Colour Run

Last year I wasn’t confident enough to do the colour run but went and watched everyone having a great time. Seeing it made me realise you didn’t have to be a great runner, just up for a laugh. Soooo…… I signed up for it this year and was so glad that I did as it was fab.

Incredible Edible Birthday Bash

Posted on behalf of Incredible Edible to share these great events: We kick off tomorrow (21st June 2018) with our birthday bash. 10 years of actions. Please share this post. Thursday Celebrate the Summer Solstice with the Incredible Festival of Ideas! On 21st June why not join us for an exhibition at Todmorden Town Hall […]

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Small Steps in the Right Direction

Someone once said ‘small steps in the right direction can turn out to be the biggest steps of our lives’
For those of us living in recovery, this is familiar to us. It came to me when we embarked on a family walking group through Calderdale In Recovery (CiR) on a sunny Sunday morning. Adults and children with the obligatory dogs, Walter & Elliot.

Calderdale Community Recovery Builders Action Plan

Our aim is simple: To champion alcohol and drug addiction recovery in our local communities, and to demonstrate that you can get well in the same place where you became ill. We do this on a regular basis while working towards the strategic aims and objectives of Calderdale in Recovery by aligning our activities to a set of key actions described here …

Kirklees Community Recovery Builders Action Plan

Our aim is simple: To champion alcohol and drug addiction recovery in our local communities, and to demonstrate that you can get well in the same place where you became ill. We do this on a regular basis while working towards the strategic aims and objectives of Kirklees in Recovery by aligning our activities to a set of key actions described here …

The Home Run Project – With TBRP

My level of fitness has increased massively and with this, there are the usual benefits; sleeping better, feeling happier, a massive change in my attitude and my overall outlook on life is much brighter. Find out how you can benefit from the Home Run Project, it could be the start to a whole new way of life …

Volunteering with Slow The Flow Calderdale

Myself and my family have been involved as volunteers for about a year now. We love the opportunity to get out in the fresh air in the beautiful Hardcastle Crags, whilst also contributing to the wider community. We get the chance to meet new people from all walks of life and have built solid friendships with the amazing people who run the project….

Snowdon Madness – TBRP Conquers Snowdon

I’ve just got back from a great walk up Mount Snowdon, alongside 12 friends and the fantastic staff of Activate. At first, when I was asked to do the walk, the usual questions came to the fore – What will I need to wear, can I do it in jeans, etc. The trip was specifically to see the sun setting over Snowdonia…

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Community Dev Coordinator

The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) is looking to recruit a Recovery Community Development Coordinator to lead on promoting visible recovery throughout Calderdale and Kirklees.
The role will spread across all areas of work and various locations to support and resource the development of recovery communities in our areas. Closing date: 5th March 2018…

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Trainee Recovery Coach

The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) is looking to recruit a trainee recovery coach who is keen to learn and support all aspects of working within our recovery community in Kirklees and Calderdale.
The roles will spread across all areas of work and various locations including; detox house, therapeutic housing, community hubs, recovery groups and administrative work. Closing date: Noon, 4th May 2018 …

TBRP New Year Message for 2018

Thank you to our community 2017

Each year, we send a letter to the Halifax Courier asking them to thank our communities for their support throughout the previous year. Here is a copy of the letter for 2017, published in the Courier today.

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A night under the stars

Although the title may suggest a romantic story, other than a good sense of unity support and a few laughs, for me, it was quite the opposite. It was an eye-opening stark reminder of what might have been if I had continued on the road I was travelling.

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Alcoholism affects the whole family – and so does recovery!

The Basement Recovery Project is and has been an invaluable source of friendship and support not just for my partner as he found his feet in recovery but for the whole family throughout and beyond.

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Trainee Recovery Support Worker

The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) is looking to recruit a trainee recovery support worker who is keen to learn and support all aspects of working within our recovery community in Kirklees.
The roles will spread across all areas of work and various locations including; detox house, therapeutic housing, community hubs, recovery groups and administrative work. Closing date: 30th Sep 2017…

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Recovering addict produces video to raise awareness

“I made a conscious decision in making this short film as it is something I wish I had been able to access and see a few years ago. I believe education is the key to alerting individuals to the risks associated with substance use and abuse and being able to recognise the signs, in both yourself and in others in your life. …

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Recovering addicts to cycle 170 miles coast to coast

On Friday 15th September 2017, 14 members of the local recovery community will be coming together to cycle 170 miles from Morecambe to Bridlington over the course of four days. Those taking part have been training for a number of months; prior to which they had little or no experience of cycling any significant distance…

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TBRP goes Wild

Before coming into recovery my Friday night’s and Saturday mornings would have been spent either watching some rubbish on TV or just wishing the hours away with a book or DVD. Each day was basically a case of existence and reduction of my medication with loads of self-pity thrown in.

Brave young woman skydives in alcoholic father’s memory to support addiction recovery project

Abi Mae Haley’s father sadly passed away in 2014, shortly before her 15th birthday.  He had struggled with alcohol addiction.  Unfortunately, though he had started to turn his life around, the illness had already taken its toll.  Abi recently completed a sponsored skydive to raise funds and awareness of addiction and where to get help…

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Tough Mudder 2017 with CiR

I’d heard of Tough Mudder before but can’t say it is something I would have given much thought to in the past. To be perfectly honest, in the past, I was far too consumed by paranoia and self-pity to even consider the idea that it was something I could complete or that it was something that I would actually enjoy doing!

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Fundraising for a Town Centre Defibrillator

Within the past week or so we have started promoting a new project within Calderdale in Recovery. The hope is that we will raise enough funds to purchase a defibrillator that will be accessible in Halifax Town Centre 24 hours a day. If someone suffers a heart attack then quick access to this equipment can literally mean life or death.

I Love it When a Plan Comes Together

The event was organised by the KiR steering committee with the help of many volunteers, family members and Haven. Our aim – to remain close to our constitutional aims and objectives – raising awareness of recovery and helping to reduce the stigma associated with addictions, and of course, to raise a little money along the way.

I’ve found an internal calmness I never had before

My journey began on the Yoga mat, In 2008 during a very tough period in my life. I was in my second year of University feeling anxious and depressed, struggling to engage in social situations and I often felt afraid to leave my flat. Up until this point, I had been taking various drugs for about 3 years…

Women’s Recovery Retreat

“We spent two wonderful days just outside Settle at Hortons Women’s Retreat in the first weekend in June. To be honest, the thought of 15 of us all together came with a slight nervousness as to how we would last an entire weekend. Not everyone knew each other from across the TBRP hubs so it was a great way to connect and do some bonding, especially as we were sleeping in bunk beds, cooking, and generally supporting one another.”

How life changes when you’re in Recovery

A few weeks ago, I went on a weekend trip to Ingleton with friends from Calderdale in Recovery. We were also joined by people from Kirklees in Recovery – which was nice as I got chance to make new friends. We stayed at a place called ‘Pinecroft’ in a massive log cabin.

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Read Kev’s Story from Prison to Recovery

My dad was an alcoholic. He would swing from a happy every-day comedian to a violent bully. He always seemed happy when surrounded by his mates and in the pub, but things were often different when at home.

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Great to be around like-minded people

I’m really grateful that I was given the opportunity to be part of a wonderful and educational weekend – attending a mutual aid convention in London. It was great to be around like-minded people – many living their clean journey and others wanting and working towards that…

Why get involved in Recovery?

Ever since I was a child I had a passion for fishing and spending time amongst nature. At the age of 15, way back in 1965, I picked up alcohol and drugs. This was to control my life for the next 38 years. I remember times when sitting by a beautiful lake or river on a summer’s day having picnics with my young daughters watching them enjoy the wonders of nature, and them getting excited when dad caught a fish…

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A Royal Reward for TBRP

The Basement Recovery Project is pleased to announce it is one of just 42 Yorkshire based community groups, who in its latest round of awards have been recognised by the prestigious royal reward scheme The Duke of York’s Community Initiative. Presented annually to charities and community support teams working exclusively within Yorkshire, the award is a highly regarded sign of excellence.

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Trainee Recovery Support Worker

The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) is looking to recruit a trainee recovery support worker who is keen to learn and support all aspects of working within our recovery community in Kirklees.
The roles will spread across all areas of work and various locations including; detox house, therapeutic housing, community hubs, recovery groups and administrative work. Closing date: 20th Jan 2017…

TBRP New Year Message for 2017

Thank you to our community 2016

Each year, we send a letter to the Halifax Courier asking them to thank the people of Calderdale for their support throughout the previous year. Here is a copy of the letter for 2016.

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Thank you to Big Lottery Fund

As we approach the end of Year 5 of our Big Lottery Funding, we look back in pride at the distance travelled and the learning undertaken as we have, over time, redesigned service provision across the Kirklees area.

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Coast to Coast Walk by The Basement Recovery Project

Eight hardy souls set off from Halifax on 17th June with the aim of walking from the West Coast (Irish Sea) to the East Coast (North Sea). What were we thinking?

Haley at The Basement Recovery Project, Huddersfield

From Community Voice to Trainee Recovery Worker

Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) works with, and supports, around 40 ‘Community Voices’ who talk to people throughout Kirklees about changes and developments in their local healthcare.

These dedicated volunteers give communities a louder voice and help to make sure that health services are developed in response to the needs of local people…

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Peer to Peer Support

An event on Wednesday 6th July 2016 aims to bring people with lived experience who give of their own time in supporting others to initiate and sustain recovery from alcohol and/or substance dependency and misuse. The Basement Recovery Project are delivering a number of presentations/workshops. Here are some resources you may find useful:

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Volunteer Presentation Ceremony

In recognition of all those who volunteer within DISC and The Basement Recovery Project, Christina Howard and Andy Bryant planned and produced a special Volunteer Appreciation Presentation Ceremony held at the Basement on Wednesday 1st June 2016, which coincided nicely with National Volunteers Week.

Magical Music Recovery Evening

Calderdale Recovery Steps held its debut music gig on Saturday 21st May to raise money for Home-Start Calderdale, a national family support charity that helps parents to build better lives for their children…

Pushing up Daisies - Todmorden 8

Pushing up Daisies

This event was part of a festival in Todmorden to inspire conversations around death and dying. And I was intrigued and excited straight away – just by the whole concept. Hasn’t every addict contemplated their own death at some point, either as a result of their using or as solution to the pain they are in? We’ve either coveted it or been driven insane by the fear of it, witnessed friends die in front of us or sadly missed the ability to say goodbye to those we loved. So who better to talk about this fascinating and highly emotive subject?

An eye opener for Mental Health Student

Thank you to everyone at The Basement Recovery Project Huddersfield, AKA The Corner. Some of you have been kind enough to share your experiences with me and now I feel comfortable enough to share with you a few of mine. I find myself in a bit of a quandary. Before starting this placement three months […]

Quit smoking with Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale

Chris stopped smoking with help and support from Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale after the team attended a support clinic at The Basement Recovery Project, a service which helps people overcome addictions to substances and alcohol and supports their recovery. Take a look at Chris’s story here:

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Trainee Recovery Support Worker

The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) is looking to recruit a number of trainees who are keen to learn and support all aspects of working within our recovery community in Kirklees.
The roles will spread across all areas of work and various locations including; detox house, therapeutic housing, community hubs, recovery groups and administrative work. Closing date: 1st April 2016…

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Recovery Coach

• The primary role is to develop and co-ordinate the capacity of substance misusers to contribute to their own welfare and recovery from substance related harms.
• To work proactively and effectively with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that substance users are getting the best possible outcomes.
• To promote person-centred positive recovery life-styles.
• Help clients develop the skills to achieve drug/ alcohol-free lifestyles.
• Develop clients’ motivation to achieve drug/alcohol free lifestyles.
• Assist clients to take advantage of a range of health and social well-being services, and encourage clients to access a range of support groups and organisations.

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

Recovery Builder – Kirklees

The successful candidate will co-ordinate, support and resource the development of recovery communities within Kirklees. Using recognised mapping tools the post holder will identify recovery assets / resources within these communities, and support the development of independent and self-sustaining community groups…

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Residential Support Worker

The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) is looking to recruit a Residential Support Worker for our community therapeutic living service.
The role will be based at our ‘Freedom House’ in Calderdale and is open to someone experienced, level 3 Health & Social Care or equivalent and has a clean, full driving licence. The role will be to facilitate the day-to-day running of the therapeutic community in Calderdale; to co-ordinate the resident’s tasks and activities and to provide assistance and support to the lead support worker… Closing date: 4th March 2016. Interviews 15th March 2016 …

New Government Alcohol Unit Guidelines and consultation

New Alcohol Unit Guidelines

New Alcohol Unit Guidelines from UK Government The government’s alcohol guidelines are changing to reflect new evidence about the link between alcohol and health harms, particularly cancer. New guidance includes changes to the amount men and women can regularly drink, one-off drinking sessions and advice for drinking in pregnancy. Click here for our guidelines information […]

New Year Message for TBRP

A thank you to our community

Each year, we send a letter to the Halifax Courier asking them to thank the people of Calderdale for their support throughout the previous year.  Here is a copy of the letter for 2015: Dear Editor It is becoming customary for me, through your newspaper, to write and thank the people of Calderdale for their […]

Open Day at TodWell Centre, Todmorden

TodWell Centre Open Day

For more information email: andrewbryant@thebasementproject.org.uk

Ann's Addiction Recovery Story from Alcoholism

WHAT RECOVERY FROM ALCOHOLISM IS DOING FOR ME TODAY

Name: Ann Age: 50 Problem: Alcohol – over 25 years Abstinent: 13 months (and counting) I can see now, after working through all aspects of my recovery, with TBRP and AA that I was born an alcoholic. By that I mean I had a reaction to alcohol that produced the addiction, this ‘ism’ that I […]

Durham Recovery Walk 2015

September was the 26th International National Recovery Month where we as individuals who have reclaimed our lives can really promote and celebrate the virtues of what being in recovery actually means. We do this not just with each other but by offering ourselves as living proof of recovery, a visible presence of hope to those […]

Life After Methadone

My story featured in RecoveryTimes Issue 3 back in July 2012. I had just come out the other side of a 30 year drug problem, 20 of which was addicted to methadone. I think at that time I had been doing some volunteering and running SMART groups … As I have continued to get better, […]

Quizaoke

Quizaoke – Get it wrong, you sing a song! I was sitting in the office, minding my own business and doing some work on the computer (yes I do do that sometimes!) when one word made my ears prick up, my heart beat faster and had me jumping to my feet. ‘Karaoke’. Back in the […]

Garage Sale Trail

Mark and I had set off on what looked like a misty but promising morning with a miscellany of people’s unwanted items in the back of the van. We had to call at Michelle’s to collect more of the same. I knew there were a couple of bags already at Todmorden that Lisa Stocks had […]

Fulfilling Lives

Issue 6 of RecoveryTimes we featured an article by Danielle about making amends. We recently caught up with her and ask what she had been up to … The last time I wrote for RecoveryTimes (Issue6) I concentrated on making amends, the amends I had to make with the local curry house. For me it […]

Celebration of Recovery

It was a stunning late summer day as I walked down to Halifax Minster. Maybe a little nervous and apprehensive but mainly excited that this was happening. This was the first time a service to celebrate recovery had been held in Halifax so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. People seemed keen and this […]

Recovering alcoholic Gordon Stokes, who now volunteers at the Basement Recovery Project in Huddersfield

Drugs, alcoholism and despair:

Gordon Stokes had a brush with death – but has turned his life around Doctors said it was a ‘miracle’ that he’s alive — and now Gordon is giving back at the Basement Recovery Project that saved his life. This is a story by Cloe Glover of the The Huddersfield Daily Examiner and reposted with their […]

Feeding bellies not bins

Feeding bellies not bins: Chloe Glover from the Huddersfield Daily Examiner helps out at the Real Junk Food Project Dewsbury The smells of hearty Italian cuisine waft out onto the street. People chat and gather. Close your eyes and you could be in the midst of the country or at least in a top class […]

Recovery is a Rollercoaster

TBRP goes to Flamingo Land With Friday being the wettest day since the big bang it was nothing short of miraculous that clear blue sky and sunshine appeared on Saturday morning. People started arriving at TBRP from 8:15 onwards and before you knew it there was a day out waiting to happen.

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Traineeship Recovery Worker

The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) is looking to recruit a number of trainees who are keen to learn and support all aspects of working within our recovery community.
The roles will spread across all areas of work and various locations including; detox house, therapeutic housing, community hubs, recovery groups and administrative work. Closing date: 30th June 2015. Interviews 2nd week in July …

Calderdale Recovery Steps St Johns Halifax

Calderdale Recovery Steps

IT’S ALL CHANGE IN CALDERDALE WITH A NEW ADULT DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICE RECOVERY STEPS AND WE INTERVIEW THOSE INVOLVED…

On 2nd February 2015 a new service started delivering adult drug and alcohol services in Calderdale. A new partnership between DISC, St. Martin’s Health Care and The Basement Recovery Project replaces the Calderdale Substance Misuse Service (CSMS).

We talk to the partner organisations, but firstly, we managed to catch up with

Niamh Cullen from Calderdale Council and Commissioner for services:

Martin’s Room

Happy Days – Martin’s Room For the last two “Martin’s Happy Days” events, I have written about them for RecoveryTimes. Trying to find the right words to remember someone so tragically lost and yet, also to celebrate their life is not an easy thing to do. This year, I thought I would ask Mick, Martin’s […]

In at the Deep End

And you thought Tough Mudder was tough? We throw Lee in at the deep end at University of Huddersfield This is my first time being in recovery and I’m learning new things about myself every day. I do share in meetings but sometimes I get really self-obsessed and struggle to share. So when Heath approached […]

It’s a tough life in Recovery

The Warm Up Tough Mudder Boot Camp Weekend The hardy souls (fools) who were committed to the Tough Mudder challenge set off from Halifax in various vehicles on Friday lunchtime. I and six others found ourselves in the luxury of the fun bus; a mode of transport befitting people of high station and noble enterprise. […]

Dear Alcohol and Drugs

Dear Alcohol and Drugs The first time we met I was thirteen, I got put in an ambulance and had my stomach pumped but that didn’t stop me from wanting you again. You made me feel so confident and fearless, I would have the courage to talk to people and do things that I couldn’t do […]

Bee Busy in Recovery !

Beekeepers Wanted ! A few months ago Stewart got in touch with the Halifax Beekeepers Association (HBKA) to discuss the possibility of people in recovery learning the art of beekeeping to help with their rehabilitation. To this end, Stewart, Colin, Michael and Richard took a trip to the HBKA apiary in Southowram to see what […]

Recovery in Kirklees

I first came to TBRP @ The Corner 12 months ago with more than my fare share of issues; I was drinking too much, I had problems with my kidneys, under active thyroid, high blood pressure, chronic back pain, depression and to top it all I was feeling really alone and lost.

Letter of Resignation for Life 1995-2015

From today the ties of bondage are released.

After years of denial, self-loathing, hatred, self-pity and internal emotional pain, I am no longer interlinked with you. The way I know you want me to be.

Goodbye, farewell seems somewhat lame for such a momentous occasion but for me to sit here today and admit my need and want to say goodbye is mentally and physically very strange, but also somewhat very apt, to say the least.

Surprising Sophistication

It’s now about 4 months since we met Larry Eve at The Corner and offered to run an introductory course in person-Centred counselling skills. Next Monday sees us at week 9 of the 10-week course and my co-trainer (also my husband) and I are learning at least as much as the participants. Most of the […]

Shadow Justice Minister Visits Halifax's Basement Project

Shadow Justice Minister visits Halifax’s Basement Project

“I’ve not seen anything like this, they do incredibly important work and make a huge contribution to the community here in Halifax.

“I think what they do here could serve as a role model for other organisations around the country.”

New Website from The Basement Recovery Project

A New Website for The Basement Project

The Basement Recovery Project launched their new website today. After a number of years using some old technologies it was time for an update. In fact we have redeveloped the site from scratch.

This will allow us to edit the site much more easily and bring you news and information as and when it happens.

We hope you like the new look; the new news section, recovery stories and our what’s on calendar. In fact the site is jam packed with information so please have a browse.

The Basement Recovery Project, Halifax. Pictured are Michelle Foster, Tom Cairns, Madeline Small, Sarah Januszczyk and Heath Gray

Special report: Helping Calderdale’s addicts on the road to recovery

“We work with people who are totally disengaged right through to supporting people into employment and becoming contributors again,” says Michelle Foster, chief executive at The Basement Project.

“For us, it’s about building a community. One of the biggest problems used to be that someone with an addiction would see a clinician and then get sent home – they never saw anybody well – the only people they had contact with was medical staff and other addicts…

Calderdale Recovery College Launched

Calderdale Recovery College Launched

Today, Calderdale Council and South West Yorkshire Partnership launched The Recovery College in Calderdale, in partnership with The Basement Recovery Project, Hope Street Vocational Team, Healthy Minds, Creative Minds and Women’s Activity Centre.

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Therapeutic Recovery Lead

To lead on the development and delivery of The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) services in Kirklees to provide easily accessible, non-judgemental, and confidential services, which support service users in reducing harm, engaging with treatment and achieving recovery…

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Community Detox Support Worker

The Basement Recovery Project is pleased to announce the development of a new community detoxification service in Calderdale and as a result we are looking to recruit a Community Detoxification Support Worker. The successful candidate will be an integral member of a team in delivering comprehensive non-clinical & psychosocial intervention services on both a 1:1 and group basis to promote and support detoxification.

The Corner gets a Makeover from LBG

Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) have pledged 1 million hours of our time to be spent helping projects in our local community. These hours are funded entirely by the group with extra support being given to buy tools and materials. The project undertaken at The Corner in Huddersfield, run by TBRP, comprised of improving the environment […]

NHS Calderdale CCG invests in TBRP

NHS Calderdale CCG invests in TBRP to help improve Recovery from Addiction across Calderdale with Mutual Aid Facilitation and Community Detoxification Support.

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Peripatetic Administrator

The Basement Recovery Project has been successful in receiving funding from Calderdale CCG to develop to new pilot projects in Calderdale. As a result of this development, we are seeking to recruit a flexible and well-organised administrator to support the various projects within TBRP and join the TBRP community. The role will be varied and the successful candidate will be expected to show initiative to meet the needs of our staff, volunteers and clients. We require someone who has experience in administration with the health and social care sector, but more importantly, we are looking for someone who has a good understanding and empathy with our client group. Closing date: 22nd November 2013. Interviews: w/c 2nd December 2013.

Jiving at The Basement

When it was first suggested to me that we were going to run an eight week jive class at The Basement, it would be fair to say there was a certain amount of trepidation, to say the least. Admittedly, my first thought was to say that I was busy on a Thursday and, therefore, couldn’t take part. My second thought was

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Trainee Project Support Worker

TBRP are pleased to announce a temporary vacancy for a trainee support worker. For people new into this field, this is an opportunity to gain valuable experience within the conn3ct social rehabilitation service. Your role will be working alongside the teams which make up the three elements of support; housing, ETE and aftercare therapy, gaining insight into supporting people affected by substance and alcohol misuse and specifically, helping to build individuals recovery capital, confidence and skills as they make the journeys through recovery. The deadline for this post is Monday 17th June, 12 noon.

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Residential Manager

TBRP are pleased to be expanding their residential therapeutic community and require a full-time Service Manager.

The Basement Therapeutic Community Project (TBTCP) is a safe, secure, practical and supported residential accommodation service for people who are in the early stages of recovery from alcohol / drug addiction. Our model of service delivery is centred on peer support and TBRP is actively seeking candidates who can demonstrate identification for this model and the clients we serve.

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Recovery Navigator

The Navigator is responsible for engaging new individuals onto the service by working closely in partnership with recovery providers and with people in recovery from substance misuse, and for contributing to the wider aims of the service formed by a partnership between The Basement Recovery Project and Horton Housing. The Navigator will ensure the service is well known, visible and accessible to potential beneficiaries and will provide to these throughout the Kirklees district Information Advice and Guidance. The Navigator will undertake signposting and referrals to all. Where a brief assessment indicates it is appropriate referral will be made to an Employment Caseworker, a colleague within the partnership service.

The Corner Update

In our very first issue of RecoveryTimes we reported on a grant from the Big Lottery to fund recovery activity in Kirklees. Well, following our opening in February last year The Corner has established itself as the hub for a network of recovery opportunities and activities in Huddersfield. The project is about establishing a recovery […]

TBRP Receives Royal Seal of Approval

THE BASEMENT RECOVERY PROJECT RECEIVES ROYAL SEAL OF APPROVAL The Duke of York’s Community Initiative held its annual award ceremony at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate on Tuesday 11th Oct 2011. The Duke of York visited Yorkshire to present the Awards personally to Yorkshire organisations that have transformed the lives of their community.

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Project Development Worker

• The primary role is to develop and co-ordinate the capacity of substance users to contribute to their own welfare and recovery from substance related harms as part of an expanding programme of self-help activities.
• To work proactively and effectively with commissioners, providers and other stakeholders who contribute to Kirklees substance misuse treatment system, to ensure that substance users are getting the best possible outcomes.
• To assist in developing the capacity of the self-help organisation to become self-sustaining.
• To support and manage the members of the self-help groups within The Project and the activities they are involved in.
• To support and develop a team of volunteers to deliver engagement sessions and structured recovery programmes.

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Recovery Coach

• The primary role is to develop and co-ordinate the capacity of substance misusers to contribute to their own welfare and recovery from substance related harms.
• To work proactively and effectively with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that substance users are getting the best possible outcomes.
• To promote person-centred positive recovery life-styles.
• Help clients develop the skills to achieve drug/ alcohol-free lifestyles.
• Develop clients’ motivation to achieve drug/alcohol free lifestyles.
• Assist clients to take advantage of a range of health and social well-being services, and encourage clients to access a range of support groups and organisations.

Contact TBRP Halifax, Huddersfield

After Care Worker

• The primary role is to develop and co-ordinate the capacity of substance misusers to contribute to their own welfare and recovery from substance related harms as part of an expanding programme of self help activities.
• To work proactively and effectively with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that substance users are getting the best possible outcomes.
• Help clients develop the skills to achieve drug/ alcohol free lifestyles.
• Develop clients’ motivation to achieve drug/ alcohol free lifestyles.
• Assist clients to take advantage of a range of health and social well-being services.
• Encourage clients to take advantage of support groups and organisations

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Residential Support Assistant

• To organise and facilitate the day-to-day running of the therapeutic community in Calderdale.
• To co-ordinate the residents’ tasks and activities and to provide assistance and support to sessional workers.
• To work within the team responsible for the implementation, development, and evaluation of the core therapeutic programme to ensure that residents’ care plan targets are being met.

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Sessional Support Workers

• To facilitate the day-to-day running of the therapeutic community in Calderdale.
• To co-ordinate the residents’ tasks and activities and to provide assistance and support to lead support worker.
• To work within the team responsible for the implementation, development, and evaluation of the core therapeutic programme to ensure that residents’ care plan targets are being met.

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Jobs – Office Administrator

• To provide a link between the Project Manager, Professionals working within the team, and other agencies
• To provide a full administrative service to the Project Manager, Recovery Team and Board
• To take day to day responsibility for the project base
• To support the publicity and marketing of the services of the Project both internally and externally