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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.

David and Brenda on board with the Basement Recovery Project in Whitby

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…

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 […]

walking with Calderdale in Recovery

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

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…

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…

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.

And the winner is …

In the summer I had the pleasure of attending an open day for the Basement Project. It was a day to support and raise funds for the amazing work that these guys are doing – opening new doors for people trying to overcome alcohol and substance abuse…

under the stars, homeless halifax

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.

Addiction Recovery Stories - TBRP - Picture of Kev with family

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.

image of russell brand with larry eve, services manager, basement project huddersfield

Eleven local citizens ask for help after Russell Brand visit

“The Basement Project is providing precisely the support addicts of all varieties need; community, connection and opportunities to grow. We should all be proud to be a part of such an advanced and beneficial venture that generates hope for individuals, families and society as a whole.” – Russell Brand

Youtube screenshot of addiction awareness video by the basement recovery project, vickie lee

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…

camping with Activate

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!

Calderdale in Recovery meet with Holly Lynch MP to discuss fundraising for a new defibrillator for Halifax

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.

Picture of Kev from The Basement Recovery Project walking with family

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…

Duke of York DOYCI Award - The Basement Recovery Project

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.

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.

big lottery fund project at the basement recovery project kirklees

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.

my journey beginning - poem by g. crosbie

My Journey Beginning – a poem by G. Crosbie

This story starts with me ending time on remand

Being released to a strange and new land

The first step was easy, stay sober and clean

Oh how my mum smiled she was so pleased

The second step was to visit lifeline

So I’m sat there thinking is this worth my time?

Poem about TBRP Kirklees

T.B.R.P. – a poem by G. Crosbie

T.B.R.P. is the place to be if you’re needing help with recovery

A helping hand down the right path, I tried it alone and couldn’t do the math

It never worked out, it didn’t add up! Pi r squared but I am still stuck

Stuck in that cycle of insanity, a hamster in a cage stuck in a wheelChasing those things I can no longer catch, a buzz, a good time, it’s in this next batch

But it never comes and this I now see, coz they opened my eyes at T.B.R.P. …

TBRP Coast to Coast Walk

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…

celebrating and exploring peer to peer support

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:

Volunteering in Recovery

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…

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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:

Quiz Night at the Basement Recovery Project - Halifax

TBRP takes on Lloyd’s Banking Group

On 25th of November Lloyds Banking Group held a quiz night at The Basement Recovery Project to raise funds for the project. This followed on from a lunch they had hosted at their head office a couple of weeks earlier. The aim of the lunch was to raise awareness of what we do at TBRP […]

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 […]

Goodbye Speed

Goodbye Speed

To the evil demon called speed The evil fucker I no longer need, I’m writing this letter; words easy to read, The message is clear and you’d better take heed.

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 […]

Incredible Edible Harvest Festival

Myself, Mark C and Rick G got down to Todmorden for nine o’clock with no real idea of what was in store for us. Surprises can go either way but at least you get the suspense to start your nerves going. When we arrived it was very misty and cold. We made our way to […]

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.

Incredible Edible Aquagarden Big Lunch

On 19th July The Incredible Aqua Garden held a Big Lunch on Longfield Grove in Todmorden. This had been organised by Alison Jones who is ‘Incredible Edible Food Inspirer’ at The Aqua Garden. For those in the dark the Aqua Garden is situated at Todmorden High School and is a sustainable growing project that produces […]

Diary of a trip to Eisteddford

Set off from Halifax just after lunch on the road to sunny Wales. Journey was surprisingly incident free. The height of activity was me dropping off a few times on the way. Got to Ruthin and drove around in a circle for a while until we found our hotel. When we finally did find it […]

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.

Time for a Lecture

Having spent much of our lives in the depths of addiction, we are quite used to getting a lecture or two. So when we were approached by University of Huddersfield to actually deliver one, panic set in. After all, what do we know about addiction? I guessed being “experts by experience” we might have enough knowledge to fill a couple of hours speaking at the award winning University so agreed to drag along a few ‘recoverees’. Here is an account of the day, from Nicola…

Festival of Light

Back in November the Managers of the Sikh Leisure Centre invited The Corner; Larry Eve, Marie Reilly, Clare Earle, James McCord, Michael Walker, Alan Dickinson and Wayne Cartwright to celebrate DIWALI, The Festival of Light at the leisure centre.

Mutual Aid Facilitation Training for the Professional

Rolling out Mutual Aid

My first experience of asking for help was to visit my doctor in Bradford. All she wanted to do was quiz me about the fact I stunk of booze and had driven there. I left feeling threatened, rejected and misunderstood. I remember her saying, “As a doctor I have a duty of care to my community…” and the implied words “I should therefore shop you to the police the minute you leave the surgery”. I left and drank for another three years, in which time I lost my job, my marriage, my home and all self-respect – I just wanted to die.

If at first … A Recovery Love Story

I met Cath a couple of months after moving to Burnley. I’d done what they call ‘a geographical’. I thought leaving my drug using friends and family in Scotland would solve all my problems. To be fair, in a way it did. Well, for about two years.

The Basement Recovery Project Celebrates Five Years in Business

Now into its 6th year we interview TBRP CEO, Michelle Foster.

In her busy schedule, Richard managed to grab five minutes with Michelle to find out how it all started:

The Basement Project started as a service user group in 2006 with Stuart Honor. At the time I was volunteering with Lifeline, SMS and Probation and I was doing it because I was on sabbatical from university. I got involved with Calderdale User Forum at Christmas 2006…

It’s all about Recovery

Being one of the longest standing and oldest clients and experienced volunteer, I asked Graham about the evolution of TBRP: “I got to The Basement through a referral from CSMS (Calderdale Substance Misuse Service); I’d been in addiction for about four years, slowly crept into it from being a heavy drinker to a problem drinker […]

Volunteering at TBRP

During my time volunteering I have been introduced to some very inspiring people and some proper characters, all with extraordinary stories about their battle with addiction.

Ladies Circle Choose TBRP as chosen Charity of the Year

“As Chair of Halifax Ladies Circle this year, I have chosen The Basement Recovery Project to be my charity of the year. It is a charity close to my heart having a couple of close loved-ones with substance misuse issues and also knowing the lovely Martin McGinley and his family. We will keep you posted […]

Any kind of Recovery – Mindfulness

For quite a while now the Basement Recovery Project have been well aware that recovery from addiction is a long-term and complex process needing a multi-faceted approach to treatment and support. As a part of this approach Michelle and the team have always been keen to try a whole range of different techniques including some […]

An Addicts Guide to Inner Space

(How to get out of your mind without chemical assistance) On Friday the 7th of February fifteen of the Calderdale in Recovery lot gathered together to embark on a weekend of insight into awareness and mindful-self-mastery at the Martinsell Centre in Marlborough. There were a few mixed opinions on the way down as no one […]

An Holistic Recovery Approach

after years of drug and alcohol abuse… Offering a range of holistic therapies from reflexology to crystal therapy, Vanda is a regular member of the Basement team. I asked how it all got started: “All my life I was in the nursing profession, when I was in my forties my husband Brian started drinking, became […]

Acupuncture and Recovery

As I travel on my journey of RECOVERY, I am constantly on the lookout for tools and techniques to help me on my way. One tool that I have come across is acupuncture. Now, I know that this is not for everyone, but I do suggest that people try and get the opportunity to try […]

On to a Winner with The Corner – addict in recovery

My name is Sue and I’m an addict in recovery. After 32 years of active addiction I am now finally abstinent and I have been for 11 months, which I managed to do with the help of The Corner (part of The Basement Recovery Project) recovery programme and going to fellowship meetings (NA), both of […]

Stan’s Story – amphetamines addiction

“Most of my life I’ve been in some sort of addiction, right from being a child. From the age of twelve I used to steal money from my mother for slot-machines and stuff like that, but I never knew I had a problem I just used to do that. I left school and got involved […]

Our New Support Worker

My name is Tim and first and foremost I’m a recovering alcoholic. I went into my last detox on the 2nd May 2012 and came out on the 16th May 2012 and for me, this was my last chance because after six previous attempts nothing had changed. I “white knuckled” it for six months before […]

Calderdale Inter-Services Football Tournament 2014

In the lead up to the World Cup this summer The Basement Recovery Project, in partnership with Foundation and the Job Centre organised a football tournament to bring individuals together who use the various services across the Calderdale area…

Shantstock 2014

Shantstock Live 2014

Back in April I had the pleasure of showing Paul, Rhani and friends around Basement House and explaining what the project was all about. They had chosen TBRP and Overgate Hospice as beneficiaries from fund raising at their first Shantstock event. Due to a clash of dates, much of TBRP staff and volunteers couldn’t attend the event – Tom and Cath wouldn’t postpone their wedding 🙂

Making Amends

It’s probably no surprise to anyone to learn that when I drank, I drank, and drank … and drank! Wherever I drank trouble seemed to follow, or that’s how it seemed at the time. Of course, I now have the humility to be able to admit that it was I who became trouble when I […]

Recovery Gets Ancient

Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is the ancient Chinese practice of meditation through movement and concentrates on the focussing and movement of energy around the body, the words Qi Gong translate as energy cultivating and the practice is the basis for the martial arts such as Tai Chi and Kung Fu.

Made up of three parts; posture (stationary or moving), breathing techniques and mental focus Qi Gong is used to cleanse the body, circulate and store energy (Qi) and also to pass on cleansing and healing energies to other people.

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 […]

Keeping What You’ve Got by Giving it Away

After years of drug and alcohol abuse running concurrently with a life of children and chores, Vikki finally sought help when a psychedelic drug left her mind in a cognitive quandary. In March last year, the mother-of-three tried the hallucinogenic drug 2CB for the first time. She was left feeling paranoid – hearing voices in […]

Richard’s Story

In some ways I suppose my story’s quite unremarkable but also slightly different than a lot of people’s I’ve met. I wasn’t trapped in the madness for a long period of time, but over the years I dipped in and out and did spend months at a time in a terrible place. And though knowing […]

There is Hope Here

For twenty years I struggled with addiction in various forms, alcohol being my primary substance. This led to me losing my family, job and home. Twelve weeks ago I was in absolute despair living in a shabby bedsit and wanting to curl up and die. I felt completely without hope. A strange series of coincidences […]

Take the cotton wool out of your ears !

Early on in my journey of recovery I was pig headed and thought “How can this man who was a year younger than me not only know who I was, but also know how I was, am and going to be”. But after been told so many times to “Take the cotton wool out of my ears and put it into my mouth” (SHUT UP AND LISTEN!) I did …

National Recovery Walk Birmingham

On a (surprisingly) sunny Sunday near the end of September them fearless Basement chaps set off for the annual Recovery Walk which was to be held that year in the tropical climes of Birmingham and which promised the usual blend of fun, insanity and flawless organisation…

A Wet Day at the Abbey

Well it would seem that not even the appalling weather could stop us hardy recovery types from going out and doing what it is that we do best; have a load of fun.

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.

Healthy Eating for Huddersfield

The Healthy Eating course was the first course the WEA (Workers Educational Association) had run at The Corner and I’m hoping that it will be the first of many! The brief given to me was to design and teach a two hour session each week over a period of six weeks, a short course that would encourage healthy eating and cooking on a budget.

A New Way of Life

I knew something was very wrong with our relationship when I and my husband began to have frequent arguments and disagreements more often. I hated arguments about money, conflict always left me feeling uncomfortable, sad, confused and emotionally destroyed. It was worse when I realised that I could not prevent myself from getting angry or worrying about everything. What sent warning signals was when I began to get impatient with my own beloved children and shouting at them.

Martin’s Happy Days 2013

It’s difficult to find the words to explain what Martin’s Happy Days means to me personally. Since the very first conversations about holding an event like this took place, I still to this day feel so overwhelmed and taken back by everyone’s love and support. It’s an incredible feeling to know each year people can gather in a celebration of my Dads life, through kindness, humour and of course music.

From Hartlepool to Halifax

Recovery champions and staff from Hartlepool’s “Journey to Recovery” support service recently visited TBRP. They were able to attend some groups on the visit and have taken away some great ideas for groups and activities that they could set up at Hartlepool Journey to Recovery.

Making a Difference with Lloyds

As an organisation we are really keen to support local communities and charities. To support this vision Lloyds Banking Group allow colleagues one day a year where we can leave the confines of the office/branches and volunteer our services to help others… internally this is known as “Day 2 Make A Difference (D2MAD)”. Usually these days are carried out as teams as a great opportunity to do something together however we are able to donate the hours over a period of time – it is the colleague choice…

Freedom House Goes Large !

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.

Dancing was more like therapy

We know that no matter how difficult our day or week has been, when we leave there at the end of the night we always leave on a natural high. We have been made to feel so welcome and part of the Basement. You get so much more out of the Basement than you could ever give.

CoAchieve – Routes into Employment

Kirklees Children and Adults have commissioned a new service that is tasked with the provision of an employment service for individuals in recovery from substance misuse. The service, (which accepts both agency and self referrals), called CoAchieve is a partnership between Horton Housing and The Basement Recovery Project and went live on the 1st July 2013.

Race for Life

The Race for Life for me was to celebrate being in recovery. From a personal point of view, addiction has many similarities with cancer, not least in the severity of the condition, that we can and do recover, but we must be vigilant in our remission, as addiction has some of the highest relapse rates, even after 5 years of sobriety. It would be great to have recovery more visible, less stigmatised and to see thousands running for people who suffer from addictions – something for the future I hope.

Get On Yer’ Bike

Not long ago I heard about a cycle cavalcade that was coming to Calderdale so I looked into it. And I found out that not only was it coming to Calderdale it was organised by Calderdale people for Calderdale people.

Robin Hood’s Baywatch

I just wanted to write a little piece about our lovely conn3ct camping trip recently. About 18 or 19 people got involved and came along to the beautiful east coast resort of Robin Hoods Bay. Well we got there on the Friday afternoon and proceeded to put the tents up, about 6 or 7 in all, then after that we decided to have a look on the beach in the bay; we were lucky that a bus stop right outside the camp took us right into the bay.

Taken for a ride… in a good way.

Last year a friend of mine organised a really great trip to Lightwater Valley so this year I thought I would do the same and ask a few recovery friends if they fancied a fun day out. Organising the trip couldn’t have been easier. We decided on small weekly payments so that everyone had an opportunity to go. Every week payments were made, hiring a coach was simple (and we were even given a discount because of what TBRP does) and tickets to the park were cheaper too because of a group booking.

When Public Health Commissions Recovery

When the Strategic Recovery Lead for substance misuse in Public Health England suggests The Basement Project is “Probably the best UK example of a dedicated recovery community centre” is it not surprising we are frequently asked to advise other areas on how to build their own. This in turn has led to countless requests to visit us and find out more, which admittedly diverts resource from the day-to-day activities.

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

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 […]

Basement House Update

TBRP have recently been awarded some funds through the ‘Grants for Health’ scheme and the Community Foundation for Calderdale. This generous award has provided disabled access facilities and a clinical room to extend the access for more people to address their lifestyle behaviour, beyond that of their substance/alcohol issues.

Intimacy cannot exist without trust

I myself have issues around intimacy, largely due to the home I was raised in and the way I was treated growing up. I have had serious trust issues with friends, associates and close relationships. I have even had trust issues with my Higher Power. I have often substituted sex for intimacy and love because […]

SAAS Conference in Sheffield

On Friday September 14th nine of us from the Basement met up to travel to Sheffield to the 2nd National Recovery in the community conference. On arrival we all went into the exhibition hall where there were information stalls ranging from intuitive Recovery, NA, SMART recovery, families together and exhibits from various different projects.

The 4th UK Recovery Walk – Brighton and Hove 2012

This was the first time I had ever been to a recovery walk, and what better place to have it than Brighton? A small army from The Basement Recovery Project, including; myself, Michelle, Danielle, Lee, Colin, Edmund, Paul, Clare and Lorraine went down on the train with Michelle leading the way as we would for […]

Forging Ties with the Foundation

The Basement Recovery Project facilitated two information workshops for Huddersfield NHS Trust Community Services which included staff members from District Nurses, Community Matrons and the Supporting Independent Living team. The workshops consisted of the history of TBRP, the journey of two services users from the project who are in recovery and a general discussion around […]

Educating University of Huddersfield

TBRP was invited to give a presentation to 2nd year undergraduate student nurses at Huddersfield University on the subject of alcohol and drug addiction, recovery and all that goes with it. Danielle and I were asked if we would share our experiences from chaos to recovery and describe our journey so far. How could we […]

Raise £££’s for FREE for TBRP

Do you shop online? Did you know that each time you do you could be letting money slip away, money that could come our way. Over 3000 well known retailers including Amazon, M&S, Harveys, PCWorld, Virgin, Sainsbury, eBay and many more will donate a percentage of what you spend to The Basement Recovery Project when […]

A Choice of Freedom – Part III

I left Freedom House back in July after nine months and there was one hell of a difference I can tell you. I’d put on some weight for a start (rather too much if truth be told) and my hair was cut reasonably short. I no longer stank of sweat and urine which is always […]

Feeling at home in Doncaster

The football team went to the Keepmoat football stadium in Doncaster for a 7-a-side tournament. We played six group matches in which we won five and lost one. We got to the final and won on penalties. The star of the day had to be our own would-be Joe Hart, Stan! He’s a loyal hard […]

Calderdale in Recovery ‘United’

I was sent a request to enter a team(s) into the Peter Hearn 5-a-side memorial competition to be held in Bradford on the Friday the 30th November. I asked Simon Hayes, our Recovery football coach if we could get some guys together who are in recovery from all services in Calderdale to sign up and […]

Calderdale in Recovery Goes On-line

Earlier this month we were given a preview of a new and exciting website especially designed for the recovery community; for those working in the field, those who are in recovery themselves and for those wishing to enter recovery, as well as all those who support the journey; friends, family and loved ones, all the […]

Happy Days

Martin walked into our project in August 2010; he was looking for help. Martin was a guy that everyone easily warmed to; he was unassuming yet friendly, and on the outside, Martin appeared happy and relatively well. But the internal suffering was hidden, and this is one of the most difficult challenges of this illness.

A Warm Welcome to Basement House

In the beginning… For anyone who remembers the start of TBRP, they will tell you we began as Calderdale User Forum in 2006, which consisted of a small office at CSMS, and 3 hours of time each week in a dark basement at the YMCA. The facilities were out of date, we had unwelcome, hungry […]

Calderdale in Recovery FC

Oh the beautiful game, the beautiful game… I’m talking about football of course because we now have a 5 a-side footy team and it’s called “Calderdale in Recovery”. Well, I say “we” but it is open for all services to get involved. At the moment it’s just the Basement Recovery Project and CSMS and let […]

Sail Away

In early April clients and community recovery organisers from the Basement Project joined up with the Safe Anchor Trust to take some therapeutic time on the Calder and Hebble canal and river. All involved had the opportunity to gain knowledge of how to use and steer the barge, work the locks and gain an understanding […]

West Yorkshire Probation Trust

Working with Probation

Working with clients of Probation allowed Conn3ct’s recovery coach Larry Eve and the Basement’s CRO Claire to work with prolific offenders and explore areas which may help minimise any future offending. Initially the guys from Conn3ct and the Basement were asked to provide a one off session to inform offenders about the alcohol and drug […]

A Choice of Freedom – Part II

Freedom House is a comfortable home on the outskirts of Halifax town centre offering a range of treatment options. It operates along the lines of a therapeutic community, offering a person-centred approach and individual treatment plans within an evidence-based structured programme. In this issue Edmund gives us a light-hearted account of his experience so far:

Trefeca recovery retreat Wales

“Love and Forgiveness” Retreat

Back in March two of our ‘recoverees’ ventured out to Trefeca, a historic and sacred place located in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. They were going on a weekend retreat centred around the 12 step recovery program and key principles of love and forgiveness. Edmund and Brad have each kindly written a […]

12 Steps to Peace

In the hustle and bustle of life taking time to work on oneself is a real luxury, so when the opportunity to do just that arose I grabbed the opportunity. So myself and three other recovering addicts journeyed to South Wales to attend a 12 step retreat, a long weekend to be spent looking at […]

When enabling is no longer an option

I never really thought that I was enabling my partner. I did not count bottles or pour them down the sink. I never had to bail him out or try to hide his drinking. But as I looked at my behaviour I realised that I had in fact been enabling him to drink. So often […]

What they can’t teach you in class

Students from Calderdale College came to visit the Basement Recovery Project so they could gain a deeper understanding of how such projects are run and what they are about. The students are currently on the Health and Social Care course and are looking to work in the health and social care sector, so their tutor […]

600,000 Reasons to Run

There isn’t just one reason to run the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k (6.2 miles), there are 600,000! That’s the number of people living with epilepsy in the UK right now. So on Sunday 25th March, Clayton and myself set about the challenge.

Warriors of the Calder Valley

I took a call from a friend in December, who had been contacted by the desperate mother of a 43-year-old daughter. The daughter, who we’ll call Rachel, had been out of a residential rehab for a couple of weeks and was back in a full-blown alcoholic episode, drinking around the clock and falling in and […]

What about me? – It’s not all about the drinker

Meeting up with other carers whose loved ones, friends or colleagues are suffering from the effects of alcoholism is a very courageous step to take. You soon find that they too have lived with the denial, resentment, fear, anger, confusion, manipulation, chaos and deceit, all these behaviours played out daily within their lives with an […]

Oh what a ball!

Let me take you on a journey of imagination at the Imaginarium, a charity ball held at a secret location once a year. 500 of Calderdale’s business men and women all gathered in one location in aid of Community Foundation For Calderdale, a major charity in Calderdale.

A Choice of Freedom

Freedom House is a comfortable home on the outskirts of Halifax town centre offering a range of treatment options. It operates along the lines of a therapeutic community, offering a person-centred approach and individual treatment plans within an evidence-based structured programme.

Support from our Councilors

On 5 November, Cllr Keith Hutson, a keen supporter of The Basement Recovery Project, brought Sue Ross, the Interim Director of Adult health and Social Care, to show her the great work being done here. Sue chatted to Michelle and Heath, who explained the value of recovery, as a permanent and thorough solution to addiction. […]

In Memory – 4th Annual Liverpool Vigil

Calderdale was represented at the 4th Annual Liverpool Vigil, hosted by Action on Addiction, for those lost to addiction and Alcoholism. It was a bittersweet evening as a group braved the journey over the Pennines to pay their respects to people who have died, both in Calderdale and across the North-West. Speaking to our reporter, […]

On the Road to Recovery

Back in September I was asked by Michelle of The Basement Project if I would like to go to the UKRF Recovery Walk in Cardiff. I said yes and this was a decision I will always remember. Eight of us set off on the long journey south by train, destination – Cardiff. We came from […]

Connecticut Recovery comes to Yorkshire

The team from The Basement Recovery Project attended a number of Phil Valentine gigs in early October. Adi, one of our Community Recovery Organisers met Phil in Sheffield. “Phil speaks a lot of sense. I especially felt moved about the reference to ‘Warrior Down’. We take this approach at TBRP, and our door is always […]

Building Recovery Networks in West Yorkshire

Whilst many were out and about preparing for Christmas, on a cold night in early December, people came together from all over West Yorkshire for the inaugural meeting of the West Yorkshire Recovery Federation. The event had been organised by Michelle Foster, in conjunction with representatives of the UK Recovery Federation.

Me, Me, Me! – A Personal Story

I’ve been to a fair few AA meetings now. One of the most challenging concepts I’ve had to embrace is that I am no different to anyone else in recovery. I am an alcoholic. I am just an alcoholic.

From the age of three years old, I’ve had a number of psychiatric diagnoses, ranging from childhood psychosis, ADHD and bipolar disorder. I was therefore brought up ’different’ and have only known myself as being different. I was an intelligent child, yet I had a true inability to get along with my peers – a very low emotional IQ. My mood was either ecstatic or depressed. There was never an in-between. When someone first insinuated that I had ‘terminal uniqueness’ shining out of me, I was horrified. I was angry.

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.