An office and therapy centre to help Doncaster people with drug and alcohol problems has been turned into a social hub for clients.
The social space at Rosslyn House on Thorne Road, run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), is increasingly used for mutual aid meetings and out of hours events.
There is a coffee lounge and other activities during the week, and on Saturdays the coffee lounge is followed by a walking group, with a diverse programme of walks, from a gentle stroll around Sandall Beat woods to more adventurous hikes into the Peaks and beyond.
The Support for Change group is also using the social space to provide support for partners and family members of people using alcohol and drugs. The Monday evening group is now well-established, and the Saturday group is the next stage towards what staff hope will lead to two more groups over the next two years.
Rosslyn House hosts five Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings throughout the week. In addition, AA meetings for Polish speakers have started on Saturday afternoons, in response to requests from the local community. Commenting on this, Doncaster Alcohol Service Chief Executive Helen Owen said: “There is a definite need for this group, so we are hoping that word will get around. From small beginnings the group will flourish so that Polish speakers can gain the support and fellowship that AA meetings can offer.”
Also newly started is a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting on Sunday evenings, currently a small group which provides a strong basis for development.
AA facilitator Mark, who is also a client, from Doncaster said: “Sometimes on a Wednesday evening or a Sunday morning this place is full and we have to bring in extra chairs from next door. It gives us all the chance to share experiences and support each other in our recovery.”
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