Working with people in recovery

We run a series of courses with people recovering from addiction, and have attracted quite a name for ourselves, winning a commendation in the prestigious Andy Ludlow Homelessness Award in 2012, and press attention…

Our hostel resilience programme is called Back on Your Feet, and can be either residential or non-residential, combining The Work of Bryon Katie with Appreciative Inquiry. We first developed the course in King George’s Hostel (you can see the King George Hostel case study here), and have helped other hostels to incorporate it, by combining AI training for staff with a workshop programme for residents.

We have run a course for Action on Addiction, and subsequently trained staff, both in Richmond Fellowship and in Bournemouth Churches Housing Association. Since branching out into this field worked, we’ve seen how AI is a natural support process for organisations wanting to be a Psychologically Informed Environment, and were invited to write a two-part article for the Housing Care and Support Journal.

In collaboration with our partner Mike Hogan, we hosted an all-day workshop in Liverpool run by Robin Shohet – author of Supervision in the Helping Professions. We also collaborated with Robin Shohet in facilitating a vision day for Ruskin College.

You can read articles on the strength-based approach in issue 2 of the Carers Magazine (NW), in our article here, or watch our Back on your Feet film.

If you’d like to speak to us about our Back on Your Feet programme, get in touch by calling 07940 726 067

This is just some of the feedback we’ve had from hostel residents on our courses:

 ‘Fantastic – it crystalised a vague desire into an achievable plan. It’s given me strength and positivity to carry on with the day job and keep my goals insight.’

‘It’s been valuable to take time to consider one’s development and future plans I have particularly enjoyed the positive nature of the course ie focusing on strengths rather than weaknesses.’

‘The most important learning has been to understand my strengths in detail and how I apply them. I enjoyed the recognition of new strengths in addition to those that you already knew about – through different ways of thinking.’

‘I can now concentrate on improving skills; I need to be more confident and assertive and try to turn the negatives into positives, and actively look for new opportunities.’

‘This training has opened my mind to explore new opportunities and thoughts and given me time to reflect and “join up” various ideas/developments into a more cohesive plan.’

‘It has helped me to identify areas of concern and to reflect on change needed and to think more positively about my self and gain confidence.’

‘Thank you for allowing me to see things as they are and not how I see them – it was an amazing journey.’




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