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Project information

Living Life - an ongoing Aftercare programme

Particularly for our disadvantaged local client base, the transition from rehab. to independent living free from alcohol is a journey not a destination - a time of risk and reward, vulnerability and growth. It succeeds best with sustained support, shared goals and a sense of belonging.

June 2015 - December 2016

Charity information: Helping Hands Essex (HHE)

Helping Hands Essex (HHE) logo
  • Need


    Clients moving on from the initial intense support we give to help address and emerge from active alcohol addiction can face too abrupt a transition. Often armed with little or no experience needed to develop and live a sober life confidently, productively and happily in the community, the hurdles can seem high or impossible or too difficult, the fears unmanageable. The voice of the inner addict – urging isolation, delay and avoidance – is strong, and the risks of relapse particularly great


     A significant ongoing “Aftercare” service will nurture the transition from our core programme and accommodation, and support clients in their ongoing journey to stay sober and live life to the full. Of the three main elements – therapeutic, practical support and signposting, and clean and sober accommodation, this appeal will address the first - through ongoing access to counselling, group therapy, peer support, and recovery “check-ups”. A “recovery community” develops and the journey is shared

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Specifically to provide the professional skills needed


    » Increase paid hours of existing and selective additional staff
    » Complementary additional fund-raising
    » Recruit/supervise/develop appropriate additional volunteer support workers

    What success will look like

    Methods to demonstrate success overlap across the aims: We will have recruited, retained and developed key staff and volunteers, and built our reputation with fellow professionals

    Aim 2

    To sustain and improve clients' mental health and well-being beyond the initial phase of recovery


    » Continue one to one professional counselling at a frequency appropriate to individual clients, building on their progress during the primary phase
    » Run two “Aftercare” Groups weekly, professionally facilitated, plus enable and supervise continued access to selected core (Primary) Groups

    What success will look like

    Through a combination of written and computerised records, this is partly by way of confidential individual and Group notes noteably by adapted use of the “Recovery Outcomes Star”

    Aim 3

    To promote mutual (“peer”) support


    » Foster a shared approach to sustaining recovery through the Aftercare Groups and less formally
    » Support the development of or signposting to relevant other relevant formal and informal groups and activities
    » Directly and in partnership with other Service providers, nurture a wider and growing local Recovery Community

    What success will look like

    Visible though those records, supplemented by Inviting and recording other feedback to their experience of relating to others in recovery

    Aim 4

    Keep in touch over time through individual “Recovery Check-ups” and with tailored support if needed


    » Proactively contact past and present clients of the core and Aftercare service by phone and/or informally meeting
    » Help to assess progress and define and reset goals
    » Offer and encourage case by case stepping-up or re-engagement with any aspect of our programme(s)

    What success will look like

    Again visible through our records. We will track numbers using the Service, and progress in wide-ranging aspects of recovery. Drop-out, relapse and reengagement rates monitored

    Aim 5

    Enable clients to deepen their understanding of addiction, to their own and others' benefit


    » Suggest reading and assignments relevant to the individual on aspects of addictive and recovery behaviour (Will vary sharply by client)
    » Through the Aim 2 activities above and by our suggesting or tailoring learning/training opportunities
    » As time passes, encourage appropriate/interested clients to volunteer within HHE or in other relevant organisations and activities

    What success will look like

    Again visible through individual records and over time, and by recording and numbers taking training and volunteering or working in the sector

  • Impact


    ncreasing numbers of clients over time will avoid or reengage after relapse, with positive outcomes in many areas, individually and for the community: mental and physical health; reduced A&E/GP etc. visits; voluntary activity and training; work opportunities and coming off benefits where possible; leisure opportunities and personal development; relationships; relations with family and friends; sociability vs isolation, and avoiding brushes with the law. Periodic "Social Auditing" is intended.


    Addiction is characterised by relapse or revertion to old behaviours, with the high risk of losing touch with support. We attempt to address this through “recovery check-ups” described above.
    More generally, for this professionally demanding and staff intensive service, the risk is always lack of funding. We will continue to diversify our funding sources, including the social enterprise approach of “quantifying our outputs” and inviting sponsorship of individual places on the programme.


    We report results to funders and stakeholders year on year, Including through a published Annual Review, and Project Summaries. Our web-site and newsletters will include these, and our lists updated and responsive to individial donor preferences and interests. "Social Auditing” is mentioned above

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 1 to 1 Counselling say up to 12 hours pw avge
      £3,500 Aftercare Groups 4 hours pw facilitation
      £3,500 Recovery Check-ups say 4 hours pw avge
      £2,000 Personal Development Training and Tutoring - say 3 hours pw avge
      £1,000 Volunteer Supervision say 4+ hours per month
  • Background


    With an urban and rural population of c.120.000, Chelmsford's positive image as England's newest and "happy" City disguises sizeable vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. It's the County Town, prosperous. and with many thriving sectors and things to do. Yet it contains some of Essex's poorest neighbourhoods, and has its fair share of homelessness. dysfunctional families, crime and disorder,. poor mental health, and addiction. Its public and voluntary services ara
    increasingly overstretched.


    The key beneficiary is of course the individual in recovery from alcolol abuse - moving into a new, productive and sustainable phase of his or her life.
    At the same time, just as there are strong ripple effects from addiction, so there are clear benefits from a sustained recovery to the family to the employer or potential employer, and not least to the public purse.
    Other providers of services will benefit from the ability to refer into us, as will the wider recovery and mid-Essex community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The key beneficiary is of course the individual in recovery from alcolol abuse - moving into a new, productive and sustainable phase of his or her life.
    At the same time, just as there are strong ripple effects from addiction, so there are clear benefits from a sustained recovery to the family, to the employer or potential employer, and indeed to the public purse
    Other providers of services will benefit from the ability to refer into us, as will the wider recovery and mid-Essex community

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Graham Pooley

    .. the skiled and passionate Programme Director - himself in sustained recovery and has direct understanding of the workings of rehab and aftercare

    Amanda Jackson

    .. Counsellor to our present Aftercare Group - qualified and experienced in addiction therapies and working with the disadvantaged

    Gerry Walker

    .. has the new Recovery Check-ups role – with direct experience of supporting recovery from alcoholism + other mental conditions, including by phone


    – a “graduate” of our core programme - now a member of our Aftercare Group and volunteer Peer Supporter, helping to scope and develop the Project.