Project information

Steps2Recovery – Recovery and Rehabilitation pilot

Steps2Recovery is piloting an Abstinence-Based Restart Programme for ex-offenders. We aim to break the chains of addiction that lead back to prison. Our Big Idea is to set up a residential halfway house where we offer intensive support to our clients, with positive results for them and our society.

February 2012 - September 2012

Charity information: Steps2Recovery

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  • Need


    Substance use and re-offending are related processes which can be anticipated and avoided. There are few community services that support ongoing recovery for ex-offenders. This results in a high level of relapse and consequent recidivism. A re-offending ex-prisoner costs the criminal justice system around £65,000 annually. These individuals are often vulnerable people with poor life skills who need substantial, intensive support to face difficult pasts and change their current lifestyle choices.


    Our programme, for ex-offenders with drug and alcohol problems, provides a well-managed and proven path to recovery. It includes structured, professional support to the individual plus community-based 12 step meeting attendance. We work with housing and other organisations with similar aims to ours to offer clients a long term solution that strengthens stability in their personal lives and guides them to take responsibility for their own housing, education, employment and social support needs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the incidence of addiction-related repeat offending


    » Run a rolling programme of 8 week residential programmes that focus on learning to live a drug and alcohol free life
    » Accompany clients to 12 step meetings, supported by a volunteer mentoring programme
    » Develop relapse and recovery plans for duration of core programme
    » Develop relapse and recovery plans post programme, aimed at maintaining long term abstinence in daily life

    What success will look like

    We will measure our success through pre- and post- course questionnaires to monitor substance use and offending behaviour, supported by random drug testing.

    Aim 2

    Development of a social and family resettlement framework tailored to individual need


    » Work with client to identify their individual resettlement needs, with an understanding of their exisiting peer and family issues
    » Engage with and support family network during the core programme.
    » Develop resettlement plans with client and family
    » Continue to offer weekly support to clientsand their families on completion of programme

    What success will look like

    Success will be partly measured by results of aim 1 with additional pre- and post- questionnaires for family members.

    Aim 3

    An aftercare programme incorporating the mentoring of abstinent recovery activities


    » Professionally led support groups to reinforce individual relapse and recovery plans
    » Peer led support groups to develop life skills and support the development of healthy social networks

    What success will look like

    Pre- and post- questionnaires for the aftercare programme, to assess clients ongoing abstinence and their level of social integration.

  • Impact


    For our clients, success will be measured through improved individual and family lifestyles which will include staying in work, maintaining a home, improved parenting and continued recovery from drug and alcohol abuse with no reoffending.
    Will monitor and assess outcomes with our partners to provide positive evidence for future expansion and funding. This will include any measurable cost benefits for the criminal justice syste


    Clients could go back to using drugs and alcohol during the programme: we have a relapse prevention element in the course and have links to alternative treatment providers for those who can’t manage total abstinence. Our other risk would be not filling all places on our courses: there is no shortage of need and we are managing our partner organisations to ensure that we have a steady throughput of clients. Our Ops team are experienced in managing the risks around criminal justice clients.


    Donors to this project will receive a monthly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £59,700

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      Amount Heading Description
      £49,000 salaries 3 x paid workers
      £3,200 bus passes to support clients access self help groups
      £4,000 Admin office support
      £3,500 expenses for volunteers
  • Background


    Steps2Recovery supports ex-offenders across London and the South East. We will initially be leasing a 5 bedroom property in West London. We hold funding for the initial payments and running costs will be met mainly by housing allowance for the clients. The success of the house will also provide demonstrable evidence for our future fundraising efforts.


    We will directly benefit ex-offenders who want to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. We will also directly benefit our clients' families, especially the children of addicts, who so often become the addicts of the future. Society will also benefit as long term recovery for our clients will result in fewer victims of crime and violence and the related distress. Using in-house expertise, we also offer free drug and alcohol awareness sessions as an outreach programme to the local community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Members of our Trustee and Management Team have extensive experience of substance misuse and offender management. We know that recovery only begins and is sustained through total abstinence. Each of us understands the desperation and isolation of addiction; we also know how life can be transformed by taking the first step to recovery.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Linda Smith

    CEO MA/ Dip; counselling/Dip: 15 years professional experience of the drug and alcohol field, 7 years as Director. Own private counselling practice

    Charles Clode

    Trustee Associate of The Institute of Legal Executives – Freelance Legal Advisor and Accredited Police Station Defence Representative

    Lesley Hart

    Trustee. Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Masters (MRes) in Management. Finance and planning for the project

    Tom Bolt

    Trustee Internationally respected watch guru with a passion for recovery and rehabilitation.