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Recovery projects

There are a number of recovery projects in Derbyshire offering recovery support in a variety of ways.

Chesterfield Football Club

The A-Spire Right project located in Chesterfield, led by John Croot, will provide a multi-sport offer through an eight week programme (three hours a day) providing physical activities and related theory sessions for people with drug and alcohol issues.

The aim is to build confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem, in order to create change to the participant’s thinking towards health, wellbeing and habits. Lunch is provided.

The A-Spire Right project outcomes will be that the participants achieve higher levels of physical and emotional health at the commencement, middle and end of the programme.

The project will provide graduates and celebration events for those achieving weight loss, smoking cessation, improved fitness levels and improved emotional wellbeing.


Tel: 01246 264 030 ext 6007

High Peak Food Bank

The aim of the RISE project, located in Buxton and led by Paul Bohan, is to provide coaching to project participants in recovery from drug and alcohol dependence in order to improve physical and emotional health and access work experience and employment.

The High Peak Food Bank Project outcomes are demonstrated in an improvement in the participants’ behaviour and personal circumstances (using DWP methodology), leading to improvement in physical and emotional health and access to work experience and employment.

The RISE project will help improve physical and emotional health, financial capability and attendance at social activities and referrals to SMART recovery groups.


Tel: 01298 214926

Wash Arts

The aim of the (12 months) ‘Horti-Culture’ project, led by Susan Smith and Stella Couloutbanis in Erewash, is to work closely with people in recovery from drug and alcohol dependence to deliver four 10 week creative and horticultural opportunities which provide support and enrichment to create positive changes in behaviour.

The outcomes of the Horti-Culture project should assist the participants in achieving a more positive lifestyle in which participants take control of their journey towards recovery.

The project will collaborate with local residents and voluntary bodies and arrange visits to cultural and horticultural venues.


Tel: 07854 777 432

Beardwood Natural Living Project

The aim of the project (Life Force) which is led by Christine Shaw-Thompson, is to provide 12 people in recovery from drug and alcohol dependence, the opportunity to learn skills in farming, conservation and rural crafts for 40 days over a 12 months period on the farm located in Furness Vale, High Peak. Lunch is provided and transport is available.

Outcomes from the Life Force project are demonstrated in an observable change in the participants’ behaviour during the period they attend the project and the participants making progress on the five-point scale, commencing volunteer opportunities and training / employment.


Tel: 01663 749038 or 07793 982648

Growing Lives

Growing Lives is a learning and wellbeing programme based in Cotmanhay which offers the following activities – horticulture, furniture up-cycling, arts and crafts, creative writing, relaxation and wellbeing and cooking and healthy eating.

The project is open 5 days a week from 9.30am to 4pm and aims to improve participants physical and mental wellbeing, improve confidence and motivation and improve communication and interpersonal skills. 


Tel: 01159 443 865

Rhubarb Farm

Rhubarb Farm is an environmental social enterprise, based in Langwith on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border. It provides a service to people recovering from drug or alcohol misuse alongside many other groups, through the therapeutic organic horticulture model which helps people develop skills for employability, confidence and well-being.

Volunteers do not need to have any prior knowledge of outdoor work before they come, and there are opportunities to work in the following areas - heavy digging, using a wheelbarrow, construction of raised beds, laying paths, delivering newsletters and many more depending on season.

Community Interest Company
Hardwick Street
NG20 9DR


Tel: 01623 741210 or 07772 537870

Derbyshire Veterans Group

The Derbyshire Veterans Group HQ is for veterans, their spouses, partners and children from Derbyshire and the surrounding area.The group is for those with an alcohol and/or drug issue and also those with a mental health problem.

The group is led by veterans of all Forces, who are best placed to understand the needs of an individual, bridging the gap veterans often find difficult to bridge.

 Tel: 07946 845282