What We Do

At The Beacons, we provide a welcoming, healing environment for people in recovery from substance use or alcohol misuse to help them re-integrate into the local community.

We have a menu of different activities and services available which you can see on our Activities page.

We Connect
We Build Relationships
We Listen
We Grow
We Develop

We do these things to raise community awareness and reduce stigma of those in recovery. We are committed to investing in people with lived experience, upskilling our volunteers to help them on their journey into further training, college or employment opportunities.

We also have a specialist staff team who help facilitate all the activities we provide. Their individual specialisms are below.


Recovery Coordinators

The role of the Recovery Coordinator (RC) is focused both within and outwith The Beacons. They establish links with our partners in the local community in order to create pathways for people who are both directly and indirectly affected by alcohol and drug use. Our skilled coordinators facilitate a coordinated network of services, bringing together key people from statutory, third sector and community groups to use the community resources available to them. By bringing local people together to discuss and plan, they are able to tap into the wide range of skillsets that exist both in the communities and within service provision.

Recovery Coordinators also develop an assertive outreach approach of engaging and connecting with some of the community’s most vulnerable individuals. They support trained volunteers with lived experience in developing a team of 1st Responders who are the first point of contact for anyone attending the Beacons Recovery Hubs.

The Recovery Coordinators build strong relationships with both volunteers and community partners. They enable clear channels of communication between everyone to ensure a sustainable and empowering environment where people in recovery can flourish.


Volunteer Training and Development Officer

The Volunteer Training and Development Officer role ensures that the training and support of volunteers meets the recovery-focused needs and aims of The Beacons. They ensure that all individuals interested in becoming volunteers have access to a range of diverse workshops and training opportunities.

Our Training and Development Officer facilitates the personal training and development of individual volunteers. They provide access to internal and external workshops, training and group work, all tailored to each individual’s pathway within the Beacons and beyond.

The main purpose of the role is to design, develop and deliver a variety of training sessions and workshops with the aim of continually upskilling our volunteers. They ensure there is a constant, relevant calendar of training sessions available, adopting approaches that will enable volunteers to contribute effectively to the work of the Beacons and promote the recovery ethos.

They co-ordinate and deliver volunteer training and workshops, equipping participants them with the skills required to be comfortable and confident peer educators and detached outreach volunteers. The Training Coordinator also provides a mentoring and supervisory function to student placements and link workers.


NHS Psychology | Clinical Psychologist

The role of the Clinical Psychologist within the Beacons is to deliver evidence-based, trauma-informed psychological interventions and prioritise the input of lived experience. A key part of the CP role is to work in close collaboration with volunteers to develop new approaches and pathways to recovery that respond to the needs of the community. Based on this co-production, CP deliver psycho-educational sessions, workshops and therapeutic groups across the Beacon localities.

The CP also contribute towards the delivery of training on topics related to Mental Health and Wellbeing, as well as offering support and reflective practice for people who are volunteering and working within the Beacons. The CP establish links with existing statutory and voluntary services to create accessible pathways for individuals and families who are impacted by substance use.

Recovery Link Workers 

Recovery Link Workers have working knowledge and experience of the impact substance and alcohol issues have on individuals, families and the wider community. They provide person-centred support to people, individually and in groups, and provide them with the emotional and practical support to make changes in their lives. Recovery Link Workers help individuals progress in their recovery journey by assisting them to access the interventions and opportunities that are important to them, working in a way that promotes equality and facilitates recovery, while building pathways and recovery opportunities

Family Services

Improving fragile family or fractured relationships is at the heart of our approach. Family members have a crucial role to play in recovery, but we also know that families need their own support too - this is why family-focused initiatives are a central feature in The Beacons. We encompass various family supports and our specialist My Support Day service can provide families with information to understand which type of tailored family support is best for them.

The aim is to give your family emotional support and guidance on how to help you through your recovery journey.

My Support Day

My Support Day offers a safe place to come for support for family members, friends and loved ones whose lives have been affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug. Currently, we providing an online support group meeting.

We support individuals with our learnings from our certified CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) group leaders. We run this support group as we have experienced the effect of someone else’s alcohol or drug use ourselves. We have a realistic insight to the impact on families, friends and the wider community. We focus on a highly confidential and person-centered approach to every member of My Support Day.

My Support Day is a place of non-judgement and inclusion, and offers empathy for those who need it the most. We aim to help improve the wellbeing of our members through social inclusion – they can choose to participate in group activities or discussions, and can access any support needed to help them through this time in their life.

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