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Positive recovery service feedback

Tremendous feedback was received from guests attending a recent open day involving residents and staff at the base for Adullam’s recovery service project – Beech House – in Congleton.

The front face of a large house with lawn in front.

Among those attending were commissioners from Stoke-on-Trent, members of the Stoke Rough Sleeper Team, representatives from North Staffs Mind, Changing Futures and staff from Adullam’s Lifehouse project.

A presentation was given by Cheshire Property Services and Operational Manager Helen Smith, visitors were given a tour of the Beech House accommodation, and had plenty of opportunity to speak to residents.

People looking at a tree mural on an interior wall.

Feedback comments received included:

“Very interesting open event. Lovely surroundings. The tenants are very proud and so they should be.”

“Very informative presentation. Particularly enjoyed hearing from the volunteers re lived experience. Impressive accommodation too!”

“Lovely place, lovely residents. Great way to give someone a fresh start.”

Resident volunteers ready to welcome guests to the open day.

The success of the event means that the Cheshire team will be repeating it, both at Beech House and out in the community.

Adullam’s Cheshire Recovery project at several sites in Congleton provides accommodation to people who have completed a detoxification from drugs and/or alcohol and want tenancy support to complete their return to independent living.

The project has developed peer mentors and is a recovery hub. Residents who have moved on return to facilitate group meetings and to offer their lived experience.

Commenting, Adullam Regional Manager Dave Maxfield said: “This service is pivotal in ensuring the connection from rehabilitation to community support and reintegration, as it may be daunting with temptations. The service provides reassurance that recovery can be achieved and that those working towards it are not alone on their journey.”