Lottery Funding 2018
Addiction and other helping services typically operate Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm, with occasional evening and weekend slots. We are using the lottery funding given to us in 2018 to fund our Recovery Cafes and all our other ‘out of hours’ services (evenings and weekends).
For all of these projects, we use our strengths based approach, focusing on Recovery not addiction, and an ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) model. Our projects have three aims, namely, to help people: Initiate Recovery, Sustain Recovery and Integrate into the Community.
We will also offer additional activities under all three-project headings, across the evening and weekend space to people from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire and several London Boroughs. People will be encouraged, through relationship, social media and other advertising, to come along as attendees and over time we also want to develop opportunities for people in recovery to become: volunteers, paid sessional workers, volunteer co-ordinators and in time we hope to appoint an out of hours (OOH) service manager.
The grant helps us get set-up and allow us to rent community venues, fund social media and other marketing campaigns, and provide initial sessional staff payments. We will also use the grant to buy some equipment that will enable us to raise money through trading e.g. putting on social evenings, juice bars, and film and comedy nights. This further subsidises the help we can offer to people and helps make the project sustainable beyond the initial grant period of 12-months.