Redwood House is celebrating its second anniversary after helping around 60 individuals overcome addiction in its first two years.
The Rochdale-based supported accommodation project helps individuals trapped in repeated cycles of offending behaviour due to addiction. By working with experienced recovery workers, residents are given support to change their old behaviours and move away from chaotic lifestyles and offending.
Staff at Redwood House bring their own experience of addiction to help aid clients in recovery. This experience gives staff a unique insight and residents extra motivation.
At the centre, we deliver a holistic range of services to give clients the greatest chance of success once their residential stay is over. We provide training courses to help residents back into education, employment, and independent living. So far, over a third of clients have been able to secure training, voluntary work, paid employment, apprenticeships, or educational placements.
Currently, several residents are volunteering with Rochdale homelessness service, Sanctuary Trust, delivering food parcels for those struggling during the pandemic and helping to get the charities shop back up and running following closure during the first lockdown.
Originally opened in 2010, Redwood House was the first facility of its kind in Rochdale. The centre re-opened in 2018 to help a new cohort of clients complete their drug and alcohol recovery.
A former resident commented, “Without this support from all the staff at Redwood House I genuinely believe I would be back in prison, they have shown me a new way of life!”