St Thomas Fund is a residential rehabilitation service based in Brighton and Hove that offers a safe place for adults wanting to become free of drugs and alcohol, and make positive steps towards recovery.
It is a free service for adults over the age of 18 with a local connection to Brighton and Hove; places are agreed with all parties following referral and assessment.
Most residents have a history of rough sleeping, drug and alcohol-related offending and/or other difficulties linked to their drug and alcohol use. We also work with people who have experience of complex mental and physical health needs alongside their substance misuse issues.
The service operates over three houses and can support up to 21 residents over the 3 sites.
The first ‘stage’ is based at Cromwell Road. This has places for seven residents and is staffed at all times. Cromwell Road offers detoxification support to residents who need it, in partnership with drug and alcohol support services in Brighton and Hove. Some residents do not require detoxification but remain at Cromwell Road in order to stabilise and become accustomed to the structure of residential treatment.
Residents are often at various stages of the detoxification and recovery process, and join the CBT-based group-work programme as well as engaging with one-to-one support. Residents are supported to reflect on and address the reasons behind their drug and alcohol use, as well as engaging with other recovery activities including creative groups, gardening and literacy support. Residents stay at Cromwell Road for around 3 months, although this is dependent on their need and progress against their support plans.
The second stage is based at Arch House in Hove, where up to 8 residents participate in workshops and completing assignments focussing on relapse prevention, anger management, and social interaction and integration skills. Services users at Arch House are moving towards a greater degree of independence, and as such Arch is staffed during office hours. Residents can access support from Cromwell Road staff team if needed 24/7.
Residents are encouraged to engage with volunteering, peer mentoring, training and education opportunities as part of the programme of recovery, explored alongside move-on accommodation options. Typically service users remain at Arch House for 6 to 9 months.
The third stage is based at ‘Star House’ in Portslade: this is the St Thomas Fund ‘move-on house’. This third stage supports residents to become fully prepared for independent living and re-engagement with the community.
Service users here have largely finished the main recovery programme, and are in full time voluntary work and/or part time employment. Residents can remain here for up to two years, dependent on their needs.
The service aims to reduce:
- the levels of substance misuse and harm caused by drugs and alcohol
- offending behaviour
- anti-social behaviour
- numbers of people rough sleeping
- drug and alcohol related deaths
- drug and alcohol related domestic violence with both perpetrators and survivors
- referrals into work and training placements
- the numbers of people living in stable accommodation and entering employment, education and training
The Brighton Mentor Service
CGL in Brighton offers a unique Mentor Service to clients who are in treatment at St Thomas Fund, as well as to people who are in the Homeless Pathway in Brighton and Hove.
Our Mentors have all completed accredited training and we offer placements at St Thomas Fund, facilitate Drop Ins at local hostels, as well as offering a Matching Service to clients in need of value added support. We pride ourselves in delivering a gold standard, professional service.
The Matching Service aims to support clients in the Homeless Pathway in gaining accommodation, sustaining their tenancies and moving successfully through the pathway, as well as linking them in with services that are relevant to their specific needs. Mentors also work with clients at the first stage of their treatment journey in St Thomas Fund, supporting them through their detox and moving into the next stage of St Thomas Fund. The Mentor Coordinator receives referrals from keyworkers, and matches their client to a suitable mentor. Matches are carefully considered to ensure compatibility between mentor and mentee, so that a good working relationship can be achieved. Many of the clients that our Mentors support will not engage with services, but are happy to work with a Mentor.
To become a mentor you will need to have been a client at St Thomas Fund or had experience of homelessness. Mentors are well supported and the Service gives people with lived experience the opportunity to gain a qualification, build skills and gain valuable work experience. CGL has worked with many mentors have successfully completed training, and with their experience, have gone on to do further qualifications, gain employment and sustain their own Recovery.
For more information on applying to become a mentor, or to refer a client to the Matching Service, please contact Vicky McFarlane on 07810 522 923 or by email at Vicky.McFarlane@cgl.org.uk.
Make a referral
Potential residents can visit to have a look around, and can attend a preparation group: please call the team at St Thomas Fund to arrange this.
Referrals are then requested of Care Coordinators and Key Workers from drug and alcohol treatment services, prisons, hostels and / or other social care providers.
Can't attend your appointment?
Please telephone the team on 01273823762
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