Norfolk's first recovery hub provides a safe space
Norfolk-based charity, the Matthew Project, has worked in innovative ways together with people and communities affected by substance misuse and associated issues for over 37 years.
It supports children, teenagers, adults and military veterans to receive professional advice, information, counselling, care and education.
Fundraising and events officer Sarah King said: “We have workers based across the county in both rural and urban areas. Our work takes place in a variety of settings including schools, youth venues, police stations, courts, in the community and at our own award-winning Next Steps centre based in the heart of Norwich.
“The centre is Norfolk's first ever community recovery hub, providing a safe space for those in recovery from addiction to learn new skills, build community and maintain their recovery. The centre also provides additional support for affected others, veterans, and NEET young people (not in education, employment or training). Next Steps has quickly become a valuable community asset, remaining open throughout the pandemic.”
Despite lockdown, from April 2020 to April 2021 the centre saw 43 adults in recovery from addiction taking part in its Recovery Support Programme, 1,807 telephone calls were made for advice and support, 185 drop-in sessions were delivered, 8 members went on to volunteer and provide peer support, 12 veterans took part in the weekly drop-in café and 15 young people attended Hangout evening groups.
To find out more visit: www.matthewproject.org, call 01603 626123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured above are Matthew Project staff and volunteers.