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Information for Agencies and Referrers

Referrals related to life-controlling dependencies - such as drugs or alcohol - will be considered for a place on our Recovery programme.

Individuals may approach us directly or they can be be referred by Voluntary and Statutory Agencies, GPs, Police, Probation, Community Drug/Alcohol teams, Health and Social workers, Christian organisations and Churches.

If you wish to discuss a possible referral, please contact Hazel Guest or Chriss Norman:

Tel: 01298 24761

Mob: 07988 508864

In partnership with Community Drug/Alcohol Team. Health Department and other relevant agencies, Good News Family Care can provide the following services:

  • Structured day programme
  • Care Team support, incorporating keyworker system
  • Support Plans (in consultation with client and agencies)
  • Courses / Support groups
  • Participation in case conference, core group and planning meetings
  • Parent/Child Contact facilities
  • Registered Day Nursery with Baby Unit and Early Years Education Unit
  • Help with: Housing, budgeting, job-seeking, home management, cooking, nutrition, personal development, health/hygiene, further education
  • Continued support after completing the programme


Every effort is made to assist clients in applying for benefits and fees support for which they may be eligible, but payment for periods not covered must be underwritten by the referring agency.

Support services are subsidised by charitable donations from our supporters. Nursery/Childcare fees and additional support fees must be underwritten by the referring agency.

Recovery Services

Our ‘freedom2live’ Recovery Programme offers residents a combined range of interventions and a support plan, tailored to meet individual need and consists of two stages.

Level One: ‘freedom2live’ Recovery programme Stage 1

GNFC provides supported accommodation for women who are seeking to recover from life-con- trolling complex needs and addictions such as alcohol and substance misuse and self-harm. Our ‘freedom2live’ Structured Day Recovery Programme (SDP), covers 26 weeks of targeted individual- ised recovery support and participation in a variety of work based training projects.


We accept referrals for single women and mothers with their children (in all cases when risk as- sessments are favourable and with agreement with the local Social Care department only). Resi- dents are accommodated in two 4-bed self-contained centres where we accept children from birth to 5 years and children aged 5 – 10 years respectively.

Each individual will be assessed prior to their arrival and a rigorous referral process is undertaken including an interview which may be facilitate in person or by telephone or Skype. Ideally women who are referred will be detoxified from alcohol or illicit substances on arrival, however a controlled detoxification may be considered in liaison with health care professionals.

Please note; if a person is detoxing on a methadone reduction programme, rather than arriving having already detoxed, it can delay progress and may take more than 6 months.

The ‘freedom2live’ Structured Recovery Programme


  • 12-step recovery programme
  • ‘Life’s Healing Choices’
  • Work-based Skills Projects
  • Holistic recovery specific group and individual sessions (e.g. relapse prevention, hierarchy of need, cycle of change)
  • A range of courses including topics of Self-esteem and Parenting (age appropriate);
  • Cognitive self-help groups;
  • Healthy living sessions/discussions;
  • AA groups, and where appropriate other relevant courses are accessed externally.

While we do not seek to treat issues of mental health difficulties, eating disorders, sensory and/or physical impairments or learning difficulties; we accept people affected who experience these conditions and facilitate access to appropriate services.

Males and females who are non-resident are eligible to participate in selected Structured Recovery Programme activities.

Level Two: ‘freedom2live’ Programme Stage 2:

Women who successfully complete the 1st stage of the Recovery programme are offered a further period of stabilisation in the Family Centre for Stage 2 of the programme. This stage can continue from 3 – 9 months according to individual need. The recovery programme and specific activities are accessible through this stage, while enabling the client to have increased independence, and opportunities to integrate with other residents in the Residential Family Centre and the local community.

To discuss a potential referral, please contact Hazel Guest or Chriss Norman:

Tel: 01298 24761
Mob: 07988 508864

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