Project information

Delta Recovery Club at Serenity House

To provide pre-abstinence treatment, education, substance abuse information, and support, to people suffering from addiction to methadone and other substitute and prescription drugs. we work with some of the most disadvantaged groups within communities.

April 2011 - April 2014

Charity information: Serenity House Bristol Alcoholism Recovery Service

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  • Need


    The Delta Recovery Club aims to provide support to people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset suffering from addiction to methadone and other substitute and prescription drugs. It has been estimated that the national cost of maintaining over 200,000 people on methadone and other synthetic opiates through contact with treatment agencies is £300 million per year (National Treatment Agency, reported in the Guardian on 26 July 2010).


    Using the foundational sessions of Recovery Dynamics ® and the support of our interractive website/app; our programme offers clients the opportunity to Recover from addictions and dependence on continuous or lengthy time limited prescription drugs and alcohol. To support them through to Recovery, offering a programme of enrichment, healthy living, life skills,and substance misuse education and information to some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in society.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide pre-abstinence treatment, education, substance abuse information and support.


    » Enable clients to make an informed decision to move towards an abstinent recovery using the first sessions of Recovery Dynamics®.
    » Promote the message of recovery to others still suffering from addiction.
    » Clients will have the opportunity to Recover and to become a part of the ‘Recovery’ community.

    What success will look like

    Clients will have knowledge and information to better understand their addiction and make an informed decision to move away from drug dependency. Monitored through statistics.

    Aim 2

    Have a fully operational dynamic interactive website.


    » Self referring booking, initial assessment, if applicable payment services online for referrers, GP's and other agencies. Unique in our field.
    » A smart phone application for service users to be able to assess their level of addiction and self refer for an assessment if needed.

    What success will look like

    Gaining increased referrals through our website and an increase of traffic which we plan to monitor through analytic software.

    Aim 3

    Facilitate the Recovery Dynamics® programme to service users.


    » Presentations and distributing self-help resources (website) designed to engage people to overcome an addiction and join the recovery community.
    » Recovery Dynamics ® text books and positive self-directed activities for clients to complete in their own time after sessions to help them progress.

    What success will look like

    Clients will heavily reduce their dependency on substitute drugs by week 8 of the programme if not abstinence while staying in line with advice from GP, referring agency.

    Aim 4

    To help clients continue their abstinence based recovery.


    » Show participants who have completed the course to Recovery Dynamics 12 goal programme or other abstince-support programmes as per client's choice.
    » Provide relapse prevention, support and advice, and continuous support through our interractive wesite.

    What success will look like

    Once the level of abstinence has been achieved, participants will have increased access to abstinence programmes designed to reduce chances of relapse into drug addiction.

  • Impact


    Long term we hope that the Delta Recovery Programme will continue into the future using the vast possibilities of new technologies to be able to successfully help more people from disadvantaged groups who are suffering from substance misuse. The project has the ambitions for developing work on a bigger scale we see the project progressing as a social enterprise to become a fully self supporting organisation in approximately 5 years.


    We are aware of the risks when offering treatment services to people who suffer from substance misuse. We currently have all policies and procedures in place to be able to facilitate The Delta Recovery Club at Serenity House. We also have a dedicated, experienced and qualified team to be able to offer this service provision. We have policies, procedures and processes that monitor our clients; we have Risk Assessment and Exit Strategies, currently in place at Serenity House.


    We will monitor our outcomes using the official NTA forms, Top, START, CISS and our own analysis evaluation Forms, we will monitor referrals online through tracking online numbers of client referrals. We will regularly update our funder on all progress with statistics and qualitative analysis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £37,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,400 Website Dynamic Interactive Web Site with Self referring Booking and initial assessment process
      £5,000 App A Smart phone application for service users to be able to assess their level of addiction, and self
      £5,000 Presentation Material Projector, Screen and Laptop
      £2,000 PCs 3 PC's (and setting up) for voluntary staff and 1 additional laptop
      £4,000 Marketing Provision of marketing material and campaign (online and traditional)
      £10,000 Operational / Activity Costs Office, overhead, premises costs, volunteer costs, general start up costs.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    North Somerset Council £1,400 Conditional
  • Background


    There are approximately 421’000 people living in Bristol,
    Wealth of the Area:
    Logos House is in St Judes (which is in the centre of a deprived area) and borders St Pauls (which is deemed to be one of the key areas of deprivation nationally, the area itself is notorious for drugs and gang violence).
    The Centre also borders Easton which is again an area of deprivation.
    For Bristol there are the below service users accessing treatment:
    3445 people in 10/11


    People suffering from addiction to methadone and other substitute and prescription drugs living in the local area.
    Local Authorities, organisations and referring agencies.
    Communities - within the diverse and complex treatment community of people, we have identified a gap in provision: the need to provide recovery information, education and support to people going through detoxification, meeting an unmet need in service provision.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully been providing our services to people, communities and authorities for 7 years.

    We work with regional authorities, the probation service, the NHS and other local organisations.

    We are eATA accredited, (European Association for the Treatment of Addiction UK).

    We monitor outcomes successfully with the National Treatment Agency.

    Many people who successfully come through our programme are the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in society.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sally Walker-Cousins

    Our Chairperson who has a wealth of experience over many years within the addiction field; and is a founder of Serenity House B.A.R.S

    Peter Heneghan

    Executive Programme Director has extensive experience in the addiction and recovery field and is a founder of Serenity House B.A.R.S.

    Melinda Dunseith

    Project Manager who has extensive experience of Management, Finance, Marketing, and organisation.

    Chris Heeney

    Data Manager/Client administrator – who has extensive experience collating and providing statistical information on outcomes to the NTA