The Time To Recover Programme

The Time To Recover programme provides therapeutic work placements for people with dependency backgrounds in areas such as retail sales, store management, van driving, driver’s mate, warehouse operatives, furniture restoration, administration, office management, and e-commerce. Participants works between 1 to 5 days a week for a period ranging from 3 to 9 months.

This programme is NOT A STANDARD VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT TRAINING PROGRAMME. At the Time To Recover programme, the emphasis is not on work training or work experience but on breaking down physiological barriers, changing behaviours, and challenging mind-sets. Successful completion of this programme will then allow individuals to engage with work placement, training and employment services with much more success.

During their time at Compass Project our members start to address issues of confidence and self-esteem by slowly changing values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours through experienced-based learning. This is achieved when they allow themselves to experience, in a drug free/sober state, what actually happens when confronted with challenging work situations and interactions with the wider community. They are able to undertake this journey because they are immersed in a unique environment of shared personal experience – a shared past of addiction and offending. Everyone in our organisation (from the director to the newest member) has a history of addiction. There is no other organisation like this in South Gloucestershire or Bristol. It is this important difference that helps to dissolve the barriers that, in existing work/volunteer placements services, would cause our members to isolate themselves and not fully engage in the service. These barriers include:

– negative mindsets towards work and community
– lack of structure and basic life skills
– deep trust issues and feelings they are being judged negatively

These barriers dissolve because our members no longer feel isolated and misunderstood. They no longer feel ashamed about their anxieties or lack of discipline. The social enterprise we have built allows for free communication about these issues because everyone, from the founders to the newest member, has experienced them.

 

The idea for the Time To Recover programme came about through the crucial identification of a gap in current provisions concerning service users with substance misuse and offending backgrounds:

 

1 – As a first step, this group needs to be allowed an appropriate amount of time to address the behavioural issues and unique barriers they face before they can be expected to engage in the many employment, health, probation, educational and housing services available to them.

2 – In order to effectively work on these issues an environment needs to be created that dissipates the resistance and misapprehensions we commonly associated with this group.

 

 

The programme also provides the following services:

 

Liaising with Partner Organisations – we provide yearly Awareness Workshops with referring organisations in order to share our on-going experiences about the issues surrounding addicts and ex-offenders. We also conduct consultations twice a year to better understand how we can help enhance the relationship between our members and these organisations.

Events and Workshops  – We organise community events that are open to all members. The events are usually organised in conjunction with other local organisations in order to broaden our social networks. For example University of Bristol students helped organise a ‘Furniture Upcycling Competition’ where we came together with university students for a day of creativity.

Assessment Citeria & Timeline

It is important to note: this programme is for individuals who have already started their journey of recovery in some form or another. Individuals that are still in the depths of drinking and/or using drugs should first be referred to a detox service before entering this programme. Individual do not need to be completely clean and sober before joining  the programme, however they do need to be at a certain level of clarity in order to participate successfully.

The key to seeing change in our members is being realistic about our outcomes. Having realistic outcomes means understanding that members with a history of substance misuse come from all different backgrounds and their journey of recovery happens at different speeds. That is why it is essential that our service be tailored to suit each client’s particular needs.

One client that has been in recovery for substantial period of time and has had an extensive work history might need to volunteer just 1 day a week for 12 weeks before they are ready to re-engage with employment. However a client that has just started their journey of recovery and has little or no work experience might need to engage in the program for 24 or 36 weeks. This is why Compass Project offers its services as units and has a variety of unit packages to choose from. A unit consists of one volunteer work shift. We provide packages comprised of either 12, 24 or 36 Units per client.

CP assess clients based on two key factors:

1) length of time in recovery
2) previous work history.

 

Following this assessment CP will make a recommendation that clients be placed into either our 12, 24 or 36 Unit program as follows:

General Assessment Guidelines

12 Unit Program:

at least 6 months recovery (or maintenance) time, have been last employed a maximum of 2 years ago.

24 Unit Program:

at least 3 months recovery (or maintenance) time, have been last employed more then 2 years ago.

36 Unit Program:

new to recovery (or maintenance) time, little to no work experience.

Units can be administered to suit individual clients needs depending on their current circumstances and schedules. For example it may benefit a client to undergo a more intense program and therefore they would engage in their 24 unit package over the span of 3 months by volunteering 2 times a week. Alternatively another client might have additional commitments elsewhere (D&A services or education) and would benefit from volunteering just once a week for 6 months.

We are not affiliated with any one type of recovery program. We have members who work a 12 Step program as well as CBT, Smart Recovery among many others. It is important that members DEFINE RECOVERY FOR THEMSELVES.

Referral Details

To make a referral please contact:

Kevin Neal – Director
Email: kevin@compassprojectbristol.org.uk
Tel. 07803207767

Please include in the subject heading of the email:

West of England Works Referral

 

In the body of the email please state:

– Participants name

– Brief description of participants current situation (housing situation, work history, addiction status – abstinent, still using, in treatment, other.)

– Who we should contact and their details to set an assessment date.

***It is important to note: this programme is for individuals who have already started their journey of recovery in some form or another. Individuals that are still in the depths of drinking and/or using drugs should first be referred to a detox service before entering this programme. Individual do not need to be completely clean and sober before joining  the programme, however they do need to be at a certain level of clarity in order to participate successfully.

Major project costs for our organisation are self funded through the income we generate in our two stores. However, there is are additional cost required from project funding for each participant in order to cover project costs like monitoring/evaluation, project management, equipment and materials.

Sustaining the Time to Recover programme depends on getting referrals from partner organisations. Compass must secure a certain number of referrals every year and referring organisations like the anchor partners of WoEW are vital to the survival of this programme

The price per individual participant is £30 per shift (unit).

The Compass Project can accommodate 8 shifts on any given day. The project runs 6 days a week.

Compass Project offers its services as units and has a variety of unit packages to choose from. A unit consists of one work placement shift. We provide packages comprised of either 12, 24 or 36 Units which can be utilized over a 3, 6 or 9-month period depending on the service users needs and schedule.

Packages per participant:

12 Unit Package = £ 360

24 Unit Package = £ 720

36 Unit Package = £ 1080

It is essential that our service be tailored to suit each participant’s particular needs. One individual that has been in recovery for a substantial period of time and has had an extensive work history might need to participate just 1 day a week for 12 weeks before they are ready to re-engage with employment. However, another that has just started their journey of recovery and has little or no work experience might need to engage in the program for 24 or 36 weeks.

Our service is delivered throughout the year. We assess individual participants every week. Start dates, end dates and duration depend on the individual participant. It is essential that our service be tailored to suit each participant’s particular needs. One individual that has been in recovery for a substantial period of time and has had an extensive work history might need to participate just 1 day a week for 12 weeks before they are ready to re-engage with employment. However, another that has just started their journey of recovery and has little or no work experience might need to engage in the program for 24 or 36 weeks.