Project information

WCHP Recovery Project

Our Recovery Project helps homeless individuals with substance misuse problems many have a history of offending. We would like to extend to a further 5 rooms for tier two care. Here they could live independently for a further two years whilst still having the support and advice available.

February 2011 - December 2016

Charity information

Worthing Churches Homeless Projects

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  • Need


    There are a particular hard to reach group of individuals who are experiencing homelessness coupled with substance misuse who are unable to access accommodation or treatment for their addictions through traditional routes. Many of these people also have a history of offending.


    By working with them over a prolonged period providing them with help and advice on how to control their addictions, providing somewhere safe to stay, food and support, working with them on a one to one basis we can help them turn their lives around.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To empower service users to gain control of their substance misuse


    » Provide accommodation, advice and support.
    » Provide the tools to enable them to control their addictions.
    » To be available 24/7.
    » To encourage them to contact other agencies able to offer support.

    The number of drug / alcohol detoxes completed.

    Aim 2

    To improve self esteem


    » One to one keyworking, plus life coaching / counselling sessions are available to all clients
    » Run classes on life skills to include budgeting and health eating
    » Encourage finding opportunities for study / employment / volunteering

    Success will be the number of clients reporting an increase in their self esteem during key working sessions.

    Aim 3

    To empower service users to live independently


    » Run classes on life skills to include budgeting and health eating
    » Encourage finding opportunities for study / employment / volunteering
    » Find new social activities for them to take part in to build up new social networks

    Success will be the number of clients moving on to independent accommodaion which is maintained 6 months after leaving the project.

    Aim 4

    To reduce vulnerability to crime


    » Providing benefits advice
    » Providing somewhere safe to stay with support and advice available 24/7
    » Work with them to manage their addictions

    Success will be the number of clients with a reduced rate of re-offending.

    Aim 5

    To improve the health and wellbeing of service users


    » Work with them to manage their addictions
    » Run classes on health eating on a budget
    » Encourage physical exercise, including the use of the in house gym

    Success will be every client attending the health eating course.

  • Impact


    The clients will be able to control their addictions, have a reduced rate of offending and will be maintaining their own accommodation 6 months after leaving our project.


    The major risk is loss of funding from the local DAAT which currently provides £100,000 towards this project. To address this we are increasing our applications to trust funds. Also, by increasing the number of rooms this increases the income the project receives.


    We use a computer based database 'In Form' to record the work done with our clients. We monitor the success of the project on a monthly basis and regularly update our donors through our newsletters. Alternatively, quarterly reports could be sent direct to the donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Project Worker's salary To secure the ongoing provision of this service whilst we increase the number of rooms.
  • Background


    The project is situated in a residential street close to Worthing Town Centre and Seafront. The south part of the building was until recently used as offices and is connected to the project by doors. the rooms have been converted to be sitting rooms with sharing laundry facilities and bathrooms.


    Every year Worthing Churches Homeless Projects help 450 homeless or insecurely individuals. The Recovery Project was borne out of a need to provide a safe means of detoxification for clients who were displaying high levels of motivation but were unable to access a detox through other routes. In particular the detoxification programme is aimed at a specific group of alcohol dependent individuals, mainly street drinkers and ex offenders who are unable to access other services:

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity in the Worthing area providing accommodation and support to homeless and insecurely housed single adults. We provide homeless people with an opportunity to make positive changes in their lives and secure sustainable independent living. Recognising that homelessness is a complex and diverse issue we train our staff to a high standard. We have been working in this field for 20 years and the Recovery Project has been in existence for 4 years, so we are very experienced.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Niall Read

    Niall is the Manager at the Recovery Project and brings a wealth of experience to the role. He is responsible for the overall running of the project.

    Connie Macaro

    Connie is the Senior Project Worker. As a qualified Substance Misuse Worker she helps Niall over see the staff and works closely with the clients.

    Project Workers

    5 further project workers, work on a one to one basis with the clients. Most are specialist in the field of substance abuse. Dedicated and loyal.

One of the rooms

One of the rooms

Our experience of such joint working is of an excellent relationship with an extremely professional organisation.”

John Gibson, Substance Misuse Practitioner