History

Recovery Connections is a peer-led, substance abuse recovery organisation based in Middlesbrough. Originally Hope North East, we were founded in 2008 by members of the local recovery community. In addition to having a presence in Middlesbrough, we also have a team up in Gateshead working as part of Gateshead Recovery Partnership. 

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.

After a number of years as a Community Interest Company we achieved charitable status in 2011 and supported by a range of grant funding, we established ourselves as one of the few peer led organisations nationally. Soon after this 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.

In late 2019 we took over Middlesbrough based eatery, The Fork In The Road marking the beginning of our group of companies offering social enterprise opportunities. To find out more about this element of our work, visit the Social Enterprise tab. 

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.

Awards

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)

What can we offer?

– 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)