Recovery support

We have a number of charities and organisations in Derbyshire offering recovery support in a variety of ways for people who may be coming to the end of their time in treatment but want to get involved in recovery-based community activities to help them stay on track, learn new skills or just to give something back to other people.

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 five days a week from 9.30am until 4pm and aims to improve participants physical and mental wellbeing, improve confidence and motivation and improve communication and interpersonal skills. 


Tel: 01159 443 865

Lighthouse Project

Lighthouse Project is a 15 bed homeless project in Shirebrook. It aims to support residents into training/education and employment by offering training in furniture restoration. Attendees will be encouraged to contribute ideas to the programme via weekly meetings.


Tel: 01623 746352

Breakthrough Community Enterprise

Breakthrough aims to develop a network of micro-businesses linking community, environment and business. There are opportunities for learning, upskilling and employment via horticulture, woodland management, grounds maintenance, landscaping, sales, retail, joinery IT, administration and mentoring. The project aims to improve physical and mental health, reduce substance misuse, overcome barriers to employment and attain personal achievements.


Tel: 07890 249647

Hope Springs

Hope Springs is an innovative drug and alcohol recovery centre based in Chesterfield. They offer non-judgemental on-going support to those who are in recovery or are seeking recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. They offer one to one and peer support, group work, an allotment project and they also link in with other support services such as Action Housing. People who attend are encouraged to engage in positive activities to help them make changes to their life.

Springwell House
Newbold Road
S41 7PS

Nite Lite Cafe

Nite Lite is a night café for adults. It is based within the Christian Centre in Shirebrook and provides coffee, meals and a relaxing atmosphere every Wednesday evening. There are volunteers available to provide specific help for people who are experiencing addiction and homelessness issues.

Shirebrook Christian Centre
18-26 Main Street
NG20 8DG

Tel: 01623 744371

Rhubarb Farm

Rhubarb Farm is an environmental Social Enterprise, based in Langwith on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border. They provide 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

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership. They are self-supporting through their own contributions.

Alcoholics Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. The primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

For local meetings see the Alcoholics Anonymous website.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. Recovering addicts meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a programme of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. Narcotics Anonymous are not affiliated with any other organisations and have no initiation fees or dues, no pledges to sign, no promises to make to anyone. Also, they are not connected with any political, religious or law enforcement groups, and are under no surveillance at any time. Anyone may join, regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack of religion.

They are not interested in what or how much you used or who your connections were, what you have done in the past, how much or how little you have, but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help. The newcomer is the most important person at any meeting - group experience shows that those who keep coming to the meetings regularly stay clean.

You can see more information on the new local meeting in Chesterfield and for all other NA meetings go to the UKNA website