Building Recovery Systems and Communities

Recovery communities are independent but their creation must have strategic support from those involved in delivering public health outcomes from within the local authority. Recovery communities are not a threat to treatment services but they are, and should always be, independent. Commissioners of new systems need to ensure that recovery communities are sufficiently resourced. Moreover, these resources need to be tied to the most flexible of governance arrangement. If possible a dedicated recovery community centre could be provided.

Probably the best UK example of this can be found in Halifax, Calderdale at the Basement Project.

Mark Gilman, Strategic Recovery Lead for Public Health England

The Basement Recovery Programme

The Basement Project Recovery Programme has been designed by people who have been affected by alcohol and drug issues, with the aim of helping others attain a lifestyle free from addiction, abuse and the fear. The programmes aim is to help you get clean from alcohol and/or drugs and for you to understand more about the nature of the addictive illness. With this understanding you will be able to manage a life free from addiction.

Therapeutic Communal Living

The Basement Therapeutic Community Project (TBTCP) is a safe, secure, practical and supported two stage residential accommodation for people who are in the early stages of recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction.

The aim is to provide 24/7 recovery therapy, together with holistic support into stable accommodation, employment and/or training, enabling successful independent living in the community.

TBRP Detoxification Centre

The TBRP Detoxification Centre is for those over the age of 18 who we have assessed to be low risk and who wish to participate in a physical withdrawal from alcohol and/or drugs, or who have a medical need to be stabilised in their alcohol/drug use. Clients should be motivated for change and want detox for the right reasons.

The project can accommodate those with limited mobility and wheelchair users, who are able to self-care. We are usually unable to cater for those who are Category 1 offenders.

Breakfast Club and Drop-in Centre

The Basement provides twice weekly drop-ins for food to those who are socially excluded or homeless. Many are single, without dependent children, so they come bottom of the housing list. With low confidence and self-esteem, low skills, lack of employment, dependent on drugs and alcohol, poor mental and physical health and insufficient access to appropriate housing, they find it almost impossible to move on with their life.

In addition to The Breakfast Club we also offer advice from housing workers, routes into treatment for alcohol and drug dependency and a befriending service – for some, it is the only support they receive. Calderdale has no hostels.

Volunteering and Self Help

The Basement Project has a bespoke volunteer training programme that recognises “everyone is different”. Historically, many of our volunteers are recruited from our service users, and many have gone on to find employment externally and within The Basement Project itself.

Through our various programmes, volunteers (who have completed the Recovery Programme) now work as peer mentors to others coming through recovery, supporting our ethos of “the power of example”.

The Basement Project has developed a Community Champion Programme (we call our champions Community Recovery Organisers) within the field of addiction services to promote The Basement Project to professional and public communities to reduce the barriers and stigma faced by our clients amongst the wider general public.

If you are interested in helping The Basement Recovery Project, please use our Contact Form.

Building Recovery Systems and Communities

Following our inception in 2006 The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) has been at the forefront of pioneering new ways of delivering services and developing recovery communities in the Yorkshire area. Through utilising our model of ‘dig, develop and devolve’ TBRP aspires for people to become community assets, rather than community deficits, and we believe the environments we create are unique in supporting our ambitions for people. Today we would like to share our experience and knowledge with others to help to build communities and new systems across the country.

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it”