TBRP Latest Timetables 2022

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.

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 …

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

How to have a conversation about alcohol

Advert for free Alcohol Brief Interventions Training

Brief intervention for alcohol misuse training

“having a word” at the right time – can be effective in making people reconsider their drinking behaviour and cut their alcohol intake significantly.

Alcohol consumption has increased by almost 20% in the last 30 years and alcohol-related conditions cost the NHS over £2.7bn annually.  Lost productivity due to alcohol use costs the UK economy more than £7bn each year with an estimated 167,000 working years lost.

The cost to Calderdale health services and employers is significant.

In Calderdale, it is estimated that there are:

  • 103,277 Low risk drinkers
  • 27,749 Increasing risk drinkers
  • 9,049 Higher risk drinkers
  • 2,500 Dependent drinkers

Of these, there would be:

  • 32,637 Binge Drinkers

Alcohol features in approximately 50% of Child in Need assessments in Calderdale.

So how do you “have a word”?

A brief intervention is a structured conversation between a health care professional/employer and a client/employee.  They are designed to motivate the individual to change their drinking behaviour.   This free training course is aimed at anyone, especially those who work with adults or families or who work in human resources.

Covered in this course

  • Facts about alcohol, myths, units and safe limits
  • The physical effects of alcohol both short term and long term
  • Definitions such as binge drinking, high risk and dependency
  • Brief Interventions
  • Support available and how to refer to local services
  • Useful tools and resources to support training

Planned Learning Outcomes

  1. Boost skills and confidence in talking with service users about alcohol use
  2. Recognise the effects of alcohol use and the impact on health;
  3. Tailor advice and use an evidence based-screening tool to identify problematic alcohol use in your role;
  4. Apply simple tools that may trigger change;
  5. Identify relevant support services in Calderdale.

Book Your Place for any of the following dates: 

New Dates for 2022

  • 11th January 2022 1pm – 3pm
  • 17th March 2022 9am – 12pm
  • 14th June 2022 1pm – 3pm
  • 13th September 2022 1pm – 3pm
  • 15th November 2022 1pm – 3pm

To book, please use the Contact Us form and specify you would like to attend the ABI training, which date and for how many people.   Or email Kev Sheils direct or phone the office on 01422 383063.

If you would like us to run a session for your management teams at your business premises, please get in touch via the contact details above and we will be happy to arrange this for you.

For those who work with or provide a service for children, young people, their families and adults at risk or in need of support services in Calderdale you can also register directly on the “Enable” platform: https://calderdalescp.vc-enable.co.uk/register

Community Foundation for Calderdale – Volunteer of the Year Winner

Our Community Coordinator Kev Sheils is recognised by the region as he’s presented with CFFC’s 2021 ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award

On the evening of 25th November, team members from The Basement Recovery Project attended the Community Foundation for Calderdale’s annual Community Spirit awards ceremony at The Venue in Barkisland. The event celebrates the continual hard work of Calderdale’s voluntary sector and recognises both individual and team achievements from charities and not-for-profits across the area.

Last night spotlighted some of the incredible work that’s been carried out over the last 12 months to support local people and provide vital services in what’s been a particularly challenging period. Rather than limiting the community’s resources, the COVID-19 pandemic in fact ignited Calderdale’s organisations to tap into the true values of Yorkshire Grit and go above and beyond to respond. The awards last night were a true testament to this.

Among those celebrated at the ceremony was none other than our very own Kev Sheils, The Basement Recovery Project’s Community Coordinator who received the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award. Kev works tirelessly to ensure that there’s an all-inclusive community offering that’s accessible to all residents who want to connect with like-minded people and build their support network. Recognising the importance of physical health on our overall wellbeing, Kev introduced the Couch to 5k Programme which has seen many community members graduate by completing their timed 5k Park Runs. When lockdown hit, Kev quickly responded and developed a remote ‘R.I.O.T’ (Running Is Our Therapy) group so that people could still exercise, connect and share their results online with the group. Kev also qualified as a Personal Trainer during the pandemic and now runs twice-weekly gym sessions at our Halifax hub, helping people set and achieve their personal fitness goals. Kev’s work raises a huge amount of awareness in the wider community and has had a significant impact on reducing the stigma that so often comes with addiction to drugs and alcohol.

More recently, Kev has been liaising with the Prison and Probation Services across Calderdale and Kirklees; connecting with offenders and offering them hope that freedom from addiction is possible no matter what adversities we face in life.

Kev said of his award,

“It’s weird because what I do is what I love doing and I’m rewarded every day as it gives me chance to be a valuable member of society. But it was really humbling to be nominated and I’m grateful I can show people that it’s possible to turn your life around when you accept some help. The power in the room at the event was something else. Hundreds of us coming together who all just genuinely want to give back. It was really special.”

Speaking of his achievement, The Basement’s CEO Michelle Foster said,

“We’re just so proud of Kev for everything he’s achieved and continues to achieve. Kev and his family are an asset to our recovery community and offer inspiration to so many people around them.”

From all of us at The Basement Recovery Project and the Calderdale in Recovery community, a massive thanks to our true community champion for all that you do. Well done Kev!!
A huge well done too to all the nominees and winners of last night’s awards. Events like these make us proud to be part of such a strong, supportive community and we look forward to next year.

 

 

Read Kev’s original story here.

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?

TBRP Apprentice & Recovery Builder Opportunities

The Basement Recovery Project is looking for a number of recovery apprentices & recovery builders 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 answer two questions:

  1. Why are you interested in working in our community?
  2. What experience do you have in working in our community?

and email it to our head office in Halifax.

The position is open to anyone with an interest in recovery services.

  • Placements last for up to six months
  • 3 days per week
  • All hubs and services are covered
  • Bursary scheme available
  • DBS & references are required

 

 

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

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.

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!

New Kirklees Community Residential Service

Modelled on TBRP’s successful Calderdale residential service we are pleased to introduce the latest addition to our residential offering in Kirklees to join our already fully functioning female sober living accommodation, Freedom House.

The Windmill Community Residential Service offers Kirklees residents a therapeutic alternative to traditional inpatient detox and rehabilitation services. You will find a safe space and an extensive recovery programme to advance and support your recovery journey right here in your own community. Structured days followed by relaxed evenings mixed with mutual aid meetings provide opportunities for building new support networks.

The 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.

If you would like to know more about this exciting new offer, please speak to a member of TBRP staff on 01484 512363 (Huddersfield) or 01924 454167 (Dewsbury) or email us using the form on the Contact page.

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…

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.

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…

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 …

Want to learn something new?

TBRP Apprentice Scheme Now Open

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.

The position is open to anyone with an interest in recovery services.

  • Placements last for up to six months
  • 3 days per week
  • All hubs and services are covered
  • 4 placements available
  • Bursary scheme available
  • DBS & references are required

Apprentice Scheme Poster

 

 

Kelly’s Recovery Story

Kelly - 18 months sober from alcohol addiction.

Thank you to Kelly for writing and sharing her recovery story with us.  She’s shown true grit and determination to become sober after a lifelong relationship with alcohol.  Recognising that “You never fail until you stop trying” gave her the courage to seek further support from TBRP.

“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. I’d seen my family members use alcohol to cope with the day to day so in a way, it was sort of ingrained in me that alcohol would help.” …

Congratulations to Kelly who recently celebrated 1 year sober!

 

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.

We have set up a simple (yet secure) donation page right here on our website, making it easier for you to make a donation.

Even the smallest donation can make a difference to the people we help.  A few pounds will provide coffee and biscuits for our drop-in services.  £70 will feed 140 people at our Breakfast Club. For clients moving on, we fund training courses and residential learning, ‘sober accommodation’ and detox services which, for many clients, can be the difference between recovery and relapse – all these are provided through voluntary donations from people like you.

Larger donations will allow us to provide extra services – £100 will enable us to provide recovery services in our rural communities each week – reaching out to those most isolated. Every penny donated goes directly to help our clients – anyone affected by alcohol and drug-related issues.

The impact on every individual we help into recovery can be enormous.  Not only do they benefit from turning their lives around but so too do their friends, family and community.

Please visit our donate page to see how you can make a small donation and help to support our project.

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.

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…

Recognise, Value, Change – Embed

In partnership with Active Calderdale

Why does the basement project value physical activity?

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.

Recovery for me is very much a model of kinship, common purpose between people and sport and exercise is a perfect place for that kinship to take place.

Before we got involved with Active Calderdale we knew that physical activity was especially relevant in somebody’s wellbeing – getting well from addictions. Our structured programme focuses on the four elements of spiritual, physical, emotional and mental and whilst we can directly address the physical through sport or being active, what it also does is touch on the spiritual, the mental and the emotional as well.

We also invite people in from the outside from the community and that in itself shows those guys out there that recovery is here, that people do get well and give back to that community, and what’s been great about the initiative with the council is that, I think around 25 to 30 per cent of the people involved in it are coming from outside our recovery community to get involved. That’s really important because without that we don’t break stigma…

Alex’s Recovery Story

Thank you to Alex for writing and sharing his recovery story with us.  He’s shown us that recovery is possible no matter the obstacles – not even a worldwide pandemic.   We hope you find his story inspiring and it gives you the confidence to get in touch with us to see how we may be able to help you.  When the pain of using becomes greater than the pain of not using, it’s time to get help. We can’t make that call for you, but we can help you every step of the way after that.

“If I hadn’t got that identification and connection with people who understood addiction from the start of my engagement with The Basement, I’d be alone, isolated and at risk. If I was on my own in my recovery, I wouldn’t have been able to start to repair relationships with the people I care so much about. Being around other recovering addicts is teaching me honesty and humility that I wouldn’t have had without a network of peers around me.” …

 

Kate’s Story

We are grateful to Kate (name changed) for writing and sharing her story about her relationship with alcohol and the journey into recovery.  We hope you find her story inspiring and it gives you the confidence to get in touch with us to see how we may be able to help you.  As we always say, we can’t make that call for you, but we can help you every step of the way after that.  If Kate can do this, so too can you!

“I’d been drinking in the afternoon at work and shortly after I arrived home from picking my son up from school, the police came to my house. I was breathalysed, significantly over the limit and they arrested me. Spending a night in a police cell was something I never thought I’d experience.” …