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Celebrating three years of recovery in Lambeth

The local community gathered at The Harbour on 3 October to celebrate the services three year anniversary, providing support to people in recovery from drug or alcohol use in Lambeth.

Wellbeing and recovery are at the core of the service and staff were on hand to tell visitors about the range of recovery tools and support available. Support includes personalised recovery plans, education groups, housing support, mentoring opportunities and access to training opportunities enabling service users to build sustainable support within their communities and also help them to achieve sustainable employment.

The event was opened by Dawn Brecken, Service Manager for The Harbour, she said:

“The fantastic team here see over 40 people a day and over the last three years have helped over 500 people. It was great to see so many people here today to find out more about the service and celebrate the achievements of our service users.

We know that every one is different and we pride ourselves in offering tailored support from a range of practitioners, volunteers, counsellors and specialists.”

*Gary, a service user representative, shared his recovery story:

“I came to The Harbour three years ago and haven’t looked back. I had stopped drinking for 6 months and needed a new direction and focus in my life. The staff here are amazing and they provided me with endless support including my housing, computer skills and how to make my recovery a long term success.

I think I’m a good example of how anyone can turn their lives around. I am now studying at University and support other people in their recovery.”

Junior, John and Rob from Blenheim

The Harbour is run in partnership by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Blenheim.

The Harbour is part of The Lambeth Drug and Alcohol Treatment Consortium, providing free and confidential support to support residents to reduce problematic drug and alcohol use. The Consortium is made up of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Blenheim, Addaction, Phoenix Futures, Aurora Project and is funded by Lambeth Council.

*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the service users.

Visit the Consortiums website – or call us 0207 095 1980.

ABOUT South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust provides the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK.

We also provide substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. Our services include the Maudsley Hospital and Bethlem Royal Hospital. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.

We are part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.


Blenheim is a leading charity that provides support to drug and alcohol users, families and carers across London for over 50 years. Each of our services provides free, friendly, and non-judgmental support that not only improves the health of the individual, but has a lasting positive impact on the wellbeing of their families, friends and communities in which they live. We provided support to 10,593 people in 2016/17.

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