Thank You to the Big Lottery Fund

big lottery fund project at the basement recovery project kirkleesBack in August 2011 and in our very first issue of RecoveryTimes, we announced TBRP had received a five-year grant from the Big Lottery Fund to help us expand our successful and pioneering Calderdale services across into Kirklees. As we approach the end of Year 5, 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.

We started out as a small breakfast club, operating from a small corner unit within the Sikh Leisure Centre which became known locally and affectionately as “The Corner”. From our humble beginnings, we have not only met almost all of the outcomes agreed for the project but have ensured our organisation’s continued presence and growth having successfully tendered for the provision of substance/alcohol misuse service provision alongside our partners in Kirklees. Our hopes at the outset of the process have now been actualised:

  • We have developed two dedicated recovery centres across Kirklees for people in recovery. Our sites in Dewsbury (Union House) and Huddersfield (Union Bank) have been developed and designed with the wider community in mind and we are engaging with a number of groups from across the social care sector. The mobilisation of the centres is more than we anticipated when we embarked upon this journey and the recovery community of Kirklees now has a permanent home as their growth continues.

  • Our structured programmes now run comprehensively across both sites with well over 600 people attending the programmes. Around 100 people so far have become abstinent as a result of their engagement. When we look at costs for alcohol and drug addiction to society alone, huge savings are being made in the local area.

    • The annual cost of UK drug addiction – £15.4bn
    • The annual cost of alcohol-related harm – £21bn
  • We have created a pathway for people recovering to further themselves through education, employment and training both in our organisation and through the networks we have developed across Kirklees.


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