About Recovery Connections

Recovery Connections is a peer led organisation based in Middlesbrough.  We started out as Hope North East founded in 2008 by members of the local recovery community. After a number of years as a Community Interest Company we achieved charitable status in 2011. Supported by a range of grant funding we established ourselves as one of the few peer led organisations nationally. In 2011 we were sub contracted by Thirteen Care & Support as part of the abstinence based recovery service within Middlesbrough Recovering Together.

In 2016 we made the decision to rebrand in recognition of the successful tender for the Abstinence and Recovery Service within Middlesbrough Recovering Together. Following a stakeholder consultation the name Recovery Connections was chosen, the logo was designed by a student in keeping with our culture of giving opportunity.

We offer a range of opportunities that can help build recovery capital and achieve lasting positive change.  We focus on individual strengths and have a ‘do with’ rather than a ‘do for’ approach to support. We believe in and support all pathways of recovery.

Raising the profile of recovery and challenging stigma is a key aim of everything we do. We endeavor to network and speak to organisations, groups and communities about recovery wherever possible.

We collaborate with Recovery Organisations worldwide including:

Dr A Mooney,  Author of “The Recovery Book” and Addiction Specialist Physician, based in North Carolina, USA.

David Collins, CEO of The Foundation Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa, specialising in Recovery to Wellness Coaching.

John Elford, Author of the “WISC Integrated Step Course” – a methodology to teach the 12 steps in a rehab setting.

More recently we are participating in an online study group with Recovery Africa in Ghana.


We are the positive face of addiction – RECOVERY!



2016 Investors in Volunteers Award

2016 Equality North East Organisations under 50 staff – Finalist

2015 Equality North East Groups that make a difference – Finalist

2012 North East Better Health at Work – Gold Award

2012 Large Community Project Commendation Award – One Planet Living – Middlesbrough Environment City

2011 North East Better Health at Work – Silver Award

Finalist 2011 Centre for Social Justice Award

2011 LGBT Inclusion Award

2010 North East Better Health at Work – Bronze Award

2010 SMP Care Plan Oscars (care planning, diversity and innovation)2008 Community Business Award (Evening Gazette)


24 week residential rehabilitation using WISC Integrated Step Course & Recovery to Wellness Coaching

A range of therapeutic recovery support groups and activities. Support to access local groups and facilities

Recovery to Wellness Coaching

Facilitated access to mutual aid (12 Step Fellowship, SMART, Act Peer Recovery)

Ambassador Programme (Peer Mentoring)

Volunteering opportunities

Accredited training delivery

CQC Registered Residential Supported Accommodation

Support to secure decent accommodation and tenancy support

Employment support services (Work-club)