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Project information

Recovery Project - The Next Stage

Mobex North East works with people from all aspects of life using outdoor activities as a tool towards personal and social development. The Next Stage project has been developed to reach individuals that have achieved stability but lack structure to fill the void of drug & alcohol dependency.

January 2012 - December 2012

Charity information: Mobex North East

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  • Need


    The problem with recovery for a former drug/alcohol abuser is that self-esteem and confidence can take a tumble, they have feelings of isolation, shame, guilt, abandonment, anger and rage. Their addiction can have led to poor health, loss of employment and a loss of involvement in their family or community. There may have been involvement with crime because of the financial consequences of their past drug & alcohol using behaviours.


    The Next Stage Project will promote healthy living through outdoor activities. It will build up people’s self esteem by having a ‘can do’ attitude. It will also look at self efficacy and promoting individuals to receive and provide support to each other by looking into through care involvement that could lead to peer-led support not only within the group/project, but building new social networks that promote abstinence and recovery.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To replace substance use with positive outdoor activities


    » Offer a range of exciting and stimulating outdoor activities
    » Participants to form a support group

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through participants keeping individual care plans to be reviewed fortnightly to monitor development and goals achieved (SMART)

    Aim 2

    To promote independence, self esteem and confidence


    » Participants gain certification for activities completed
    » Participants are trained in leadership and group work

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by participants keeping a journal that highlight development in these areas

    Aim 3

    To develop community awareness through environmental activities


    » Participants are involved in conservation work and gain John Muir Award.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by participants keeping a journal showing their involvement in environmental activities and the benefits to them and the community

    Aim 4

    To instil positive elements of team work, promote leadership and provide care to peers


    » Participants take part in exciting team and problem solving challenges.
    » Promote further Education and accessibility into college courses

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through the establishment of a Focus group - enabling everyone to provide feedback. Through care follow up, graduation event on final session

    Aim 5

    To enable participants to manage risk in relation to relapse prevention and harm reduction


    » All activities will be risk managed by the participants.
    » Allow individuals to develop responsibility and ownership of activities

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by working with referral agencies to set goals regarding clients progress ie: finishing licence, treatment order etc..

  • Impact


    Individuals will be encouraged to seek employment, education and voluntary work. Abstinence will be expected, support will be provided for those that cannot achieve this. Multi agency working is essential; feedback on positive closures will be looked upon as a success. A crime free lifestyle will be looked upon as a success and past offending behaviours will be measured against current (upon completion of the programme) with a view to the effect the programme is having on community recourses.


    Managing individual referrals and stating that people must be abstinent or stable in treatment (no current illicit drug use or alcohol dependency). This will effect their involvement in participating in outdoor activities and will have a knock-on effect on the management of risk. Individuals will not be allowed onto the programme until they have provided negative results.


    Through our website and facebook. A booklet will be produced highlighting individual stories - this will be made available via PDF on our website and in print form.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £37,523

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,249 Management, Research & Develop User engagement, consultation, reviewing, monitoring, evaluation, staff & charity management
      £9,743 Support services Rent, utilities, postage, printing, telephone,insurance, transport
      £18,631 Salaries Delivery staff x 2 part time
      £2,900 Activity costs 2 days per week for 39 weeks
  • Background


    The project will encompass the Tyne & Wear region.


    The Tyne & Wear region which is made up of 5 local authorities with a combined population of 1,102,200. Although there are pockets of affluence the region is generally considered to have a high population of unemployed compared to the national average and one of the lowest GVA per capita in England. Over the last 20 years since the riots of Meadowell and Scotswood many regeneration projects have taken place throughout Tyne & Wear changing the physical landscape.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The services Mobex North East offer utilise high and low level outdoor activities as tools towards the development of people’s personal and social skills.
    We have 20 years experience of working with people who are at a crisis point in their lives either through offending, mental health issues or recovering from drug/alcohol dependency and complementing the work of those agencies that support them.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Danny Gilchrist

    Project Director - project development, staff development, monitoring, evaluation.

    Gary Shields

    Senior Development Worker - project delivery

    Davey Potts

    Development Worker - project delivery

    Richie Cunningham

    Specialist Advisor

Before I came to Mobex I was lost - they gave me confidence and self respect.