Broadreach £500 Idea – resounding success!
In February this year Broadreach House launched its first in-house funding scheme, known as Broadreach’s £500 Idea, sparked by a generous donation from our Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist, Dr Alison Battersby. Dr Battersby said: “We have always known that Broadreach’s staff are our greatest asset so when I was offered an honorarium for chairing a conference it seemed a great opportunity to show my belief in a more tangible way. I am absolutely delighted with the response we received and know that our service users will see the benefits of our innovations very soon.”
Applications were encouraged from staff, volunteers and members of SURF. The initiative aims to improve services to clients with the judging panel consisting of Dr Battersby, Gina Dormer and our patron, Professor David Best.
We received a diverse range of applications during this first round, and in order to ensure we could support as many ideas as possible Broadreach matched Dr Battersby’s donation and as a result we were able to agree to one overall winner with two further projects receiving £250 seed funding each in order to develop their ideas and take them forward.
The outright winner is a project to create the facility for parents in our residential treatment services to record audio stories for their children. The funding will be utilised to purchase the equipment necessary to ensure our service users can prepare story discs or an audio diary. This can provide some comfort for both mothers and fathers who are separated from their children and can also help to reduce the impact and trauma of the separation for the children. For many, it may be a step towards repairing relationships with their children that have been damaged by the impact of having a parent who has battled with addiction. Professor Best said: “This is a great initiative to champion innovation and support recovery activities that stretch into communities. This will inspire both workers and their clients and will help to champion the family and social needs of people in recovery. The winning submission is a great example of building confidence and skills in clients, promoting connectedness and wellbeing and supporting recovery as a family matter.”
Our runner up projects are:
1. An innovative project that utilises virtual reality headsets as part of the treatment experience.
2. Development of art workshops as part of the formal treatment programme in partnership with other services.
Gina Dormer, Chief Executive, said: “The runner up projects have started to identify where we could improve our services but they are in their infancy at the moment. It is hoped that over the coming months we can develop these ideas, in partnership with staff, clients and other agencies, and raise the additional funds necessary to ensure these ideas can become a reality. We have been impressed by the range of ideas submitted and the interest by our staff and volunteers in driving up the quality of what we do. We are immensely proud of everyone who has been involved in the first round of this scheme and are excited about what the future holds.”
Round Two of the Broadreach £500 idea should be open for applications later in 2016.
For the first time we are opening up our Personal Development Workshops as an evening programme for community learners in Plymouth. These workshops are delivered in partnership with Plymouth WEA. Subject areas include:
- An Introduction to Stress Management
- Understanding Assertiveness
- An Introduction to Peer Mentoring Parts 1 and 2
- Communication Through Body Language
- Get to know yourself from a Psychodynamic Perspective
- Get to know yourself from a Behaviourist Perspective
The workshops provide insight and exploration into our behaviours, thinking patterns and the impact on our relationships, both personally and professionally. All workshops are £48.00 or free if you are on means tested benefits (including JSA, ESA, Universal Credit, Housing benefit and pension credit). Please see the attached poster and flier which provides more information including dates, times and course content. There are only 12 spaces on each workshop; to book please contact Hayley or Leo on 01752 566211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Broadreach House Training Department are looking to recruit a Counselling Tutor for our ongoing provision of Counselling Training courses at Broadreach Training at Ocean Quay in Plymouth. This post has flexible hours, very competitive wages and a chance to teach students throughout their Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
The successful candidate will hold a minimum of a Diploma in Counselling and be currently practising in either a paid or voluntary role (ideally in a Person-Centred approach). Previous experience of training or tutoring is required. Experience of a CPCAB award structure would be preferable.
Please contact Kelly Budd at Broadreach Training on: Kelly@broadreach-house.org.uk or 01752 566211 for more information or an informal chat.
Be an advocate for recovery!
This year’s annual recovery walk (UKRW) & (FAVOR) will be taking place in Halton Merseyside on Saturday 10th September.
After the successful outcome of Broadreach House participation the previous years, the house will once again be taking part in the 8th annual walk. If you want to show your support this is a great opportunity to join thousands of people from all walks of life, show a united front and celebrate; the projects and services who offer support to those with addictions, those who are in recovery and those who have successfully completed their journey.
Steven Scorah the Closereach Manager is organising transport for anyone from the Plymouth area that would like to show their support. Please contact Steven for further information. email@example.com
To get involved and see what else is on during the recovery month please visit: www.ukrecoverywalk.org
Show your affinity by getting involved this year and wearing purple!
On 24th & 26th February Workers Education Association (WEA) a charity that works in the voluntary sector, will be attending Closereach House to provide educational and vocational experiences to the clients; this course will focus on mindfulness and wood crafting activities. Clients will be utilising traditional wood working tools and equipment to produce, journey sticks, utensils and bird feeders. A great way for the clients to work on their team building skills and gain craftsmanship skills.
In the upcoming weeks the Closereach clients are going green fingered and will be creating a recycling and composting area within the grounds. They will also be refurbishing the poly-tunnel so that they can begin to grow fruit and vegetables throughout the summer.
History Week at Closereach House!
Closereach House will be part of History week in Plympton St Maurice Monday 9th May – Saturday 14th May.(10:00-12:00 & 13:30-15:30)
The new acquisition the Joshua Reynolds building, a ‘Distinctive Jacobean Gothic Style Building’ located just next to Closereach House will allow access to anyone wishing to view significant pieces of local and national history. The history society will provide educational resources for visitors; recovery artwork from local artists and canvasses from recovering clients will feature in the building.
The Joshua Reynolds building is currently under refurbishment and it’s envisaged that the space will be utilised for therapeutic activity, group process- Art-Yoga-Thai Chi-Music-Gym etc. all beneficial for clients in recovery.
All are welcome to come along!!
On Friday 11th September 2015 Closereach House ventured north to participate in the UK Recovery Walk in host city Durham.
Closereach House can rightly claim to be the furthest distanced travelled for this event. As one of our client put it “any distance for Recovery”.
Thousands of people in recovery from alcohol and substance misuse, their families and friends gathered for the biggest gathering of recovering people in Europe.
The Recovery Walk is held annually in September by a host, which is chosen through a bidding process. The walk raises a visible awareness of substance use disorders and RECOVERY from addiction.
The point of The UK Recovery Walk is to celebrate the achievements of individuals in recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers.
6 Closereach clients and unit manager Steve Scorah travelled 480 miles with a stop-over in Lancaster hosted by TTP-Oasis before travelling to Durham on Saturday morning. In total over 900 miles were covered with an early Sunday morning return. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the walk through the historic city of Durham and fully embraced the recovery community present.
New friends and connections were made by Closereach House and we look forward to building on these relationships in the coming months.
Next year’s walk will be hosted by Halton, Merseyside.
Quotes from closereach clients:
“it was a positive experience and I have good memories from the journey. It was great to experience everyone else’s positivity radiating onto us and it was ‘infectious’!”
“it was good to feel a ‘oneness’ with so many other people with similar issues who have succeeded”. A great experience I will never forget”.
“This was the first walk I have attended and I’ve travelled miles for this. I loved the atmosphere and knowing we are all together rebuilding our lives. I feel proud to be part of and in recovery. There are many opportunities for me and others for a clean life, new doors are opening !”
Please visit and like our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Broadreachhouse1982 to view more photos of the day.
This year’s annual recovery walk will be taking place on Saturday the 19th of September. The walk will start from the Plymouth hoe war memorial at 10am prompt. All are welcome to come along.
The recovery walk is intended to replace pessimism with the hope and healing power of recovery, helping to combat the stigma associated with addiction. The walk is a celebration of the achievements of those in recovery and acknowledges the work of prevention,treatment, and recovery service providers.
The walk covers a distance of approximately 1.5 miles and finishes at the Broadreach House Day service ‘Ocean Quay’, where there will be music, raffles and a BBQ.
We are thrilled to announce that due to very high demand we are now able to run an additional Introduction to Counselling Skills course starting this September!
This will run on Monday mornings 9:30-12:45 starting on the 28th September and will run for 10 weeks.
This is the ideal starter course for anyone wishing to train to become a professional counsellor, or to pick up some counselling skills to use in everyday life or the workplace.
This extremely popular course will fill up quickly and we advise you to contact us to apply and secure your place to avoid disappointment. email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01752 566211 or download an application form from our website.”
On the 11th of September Steven Scorah (Closereach Manager) along with 6 clients currently resident at Closereach will be travelling to Durham to take part in the 7th annual ‘UK Recovery Walk’.
The walk will be attended by thousands of people in recovery, supported by their families and friends, representing the biggest gathering of recovering people in Europe as they walk through Durham celebrating and advocating for recovery.
The event is just one of the many activities taking place as part of recovery month, where projects and services celebrate their successes and recovery itself by organising and taking part in events throughout the country.
TTP (Trust the Process) Lancashire have kindly offered a recovery house for Steve and the Closereach clients to use, and they will be joined on the day by 4 clients from TTP who will be sharing the experience with them.
To find out more about the UK Recovery Walk as well as the various activities taking place as part of recovery month and how you can get involved, please click on the link below:
In February this year Broadreach House launched its first in-house funding scheme, known as Broadreach’s £500 Idea, sparked by a generous donation from our Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist, Dr Alison Battersby. Dr Battersby said: “We have always known that Broadreach’s staff are our greatest asset so when I was offered an honorarium for chairing a conference […]
For the first time we are opening up our Personal Development Workshops as an evening programme for community learners in Plymouth. These workshops are delivered in partnership with Plymouth WEA. Subject areas include: An Introduction to Stress Management Understanding Assertiveness An Introduction to Peer Mentoring Parts 1 and 2 Communication Through Body Language […]
Broadreach House Training Department are looking to recruit a Counselling Tutor for our ongoing provision of Counselling Training courses at Broadreach Training at Ocean Quay in Plymouth. This post has flexible hours, very competitive wages and a chance to teach students throughout their Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. The successful candidate will hold […]