North Wales Recovery Community
As well as a therapeutic day programme, NWRC have onsite residential facilities housing up to 20 individuals. Operating an abstinence based approach we take a zero tolerance view to the use of substances on the premises.
Individuals are required to provide an alcohol and illicit substance free sample at point of entry and are subjected to randomised testing throughout, in order to maintain their tenancy.
There is an expectation that individuals will complete a minimum 20-30 hours of therapeutic pro-social activity per week and establish a short, medium and long term recovery plan, in in order to maintain their tenancy.
Residents are required to review this plan on at least a fortnightly basis with their designated key worker and are also required to undertake some mandatory sessions aimed at equipping them with the skills to build a life away from the problematic use of substances.
Funded through Housing benefit, individuals must be in receipt of benefits in order to claim the cost of their tenancy.
Access is through direct referral by the individual or by relevant Criminal justice, substance misuse or primary care worker.
All applicants must demonstrate high levels of motivation in order to secure and maintain a tenancy.
"Oxford house” style move on accommodation
For those individuals able to evidence and maintain abstinence for a period over six months, the opportunity will be given to access “Move on“ accommodation in the wider community.
Based on an “Oxford house” style model, individuals will be expected to continue a substance free lifestyle to maintain their tenancy and play an active role in the running of their household.
Individuals are housed in 2-3 bedroom dispersed units with other residents they have developed positive relationships with as sharing with like-minded individuals increases the amount of mutual aid & positive role modelling on offer significantly.
Having developed significant recovery capital, participants are expected to move onto employment, training and or full time education and as such are no longer required to undertake set therapeutic hours. However there is an expectation that they will continue to “put something back” into the project by acting as mentors or buddies to newer individuals by sharing their messages of hope and recovery.
NWRC positively discriminate towards individuals in recovery when recruiting for employment & volunteering opportunities.
Abstinence Based Housing System
Making Recovery Visible in Communities
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