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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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
  • Todmorden and Halifax hubs and services are covered
  • Bursary scheme available
  • DBS & references are required

 

 

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 of both immediate hardship and reduced opportunity and wellbeing. As we see our homeless population rise we also see an increase in those accessing support for our services as we continue to feed, love and support those that need it.

Here at TBRP, we believe services are a safety net when need cannot be met in the community. We are fortunate that the recovery community here in Calderdale has over 20 mutual aid groups run voluntarily by local people. With the NHS at breaking point, huge waiting lists, the impossibility of getting to see a GP and the hours waiting for an ambulance we have a system that is immediate, responsive and run by people powered communities and individuals who take up the challenge of supporting each other to do the things that only they can, to work with outside agencies to co-produce what only they can produce with help.

We are told these days that we must learn how to do ‘more with less’. We need a new narrative that says let’s do ‘more with more’: more passion, more humility, more listening, and more reciprocity. Do not be alone with your problems at Christmas or at any time. We are here to help. Best wishes to everyone for a safe & happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year ahead.

Michelle Foster,
CEO,
The Basement Recovery Project

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.

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…

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

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.

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.

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

 

 

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.