STAR Drug and Alcohol Service - East Sussex

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Education Training & Employment Support (ETE)

If you’re receiving support from STAR Drug and Alcohol Service, we can support you with accessing education, courses, training, employment and can also help you find volunteering opportunities.

It doesn’t matter what your background or experience is, or what qualifications you have, we tailor our support to suit your needs. Our service is free and confidential. Please ask your keyworker for more information.

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Individual Placement & Support (IPS)

If employment is part of your recovery goal, we can help. We believe every person can work if they want to, and we’re here to support you with this.

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence-based process that matches people with work that suits their wants and interests.

Our support is available if you are of working age and in structured treatment with STAR.

To find out more, ask your keyworker to refer you or our contact the IPS Team directly: [email protected]  

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Training for Professionals

We offer training courses on alcohol & drugs for other providers and services in East Sussex. Our training is led by experienced professionals and can be either established courses or specially tailored to your organisation.

Our training covers a wide range of topics, from drug and alcohol awareness, to overdose awareness and how to help someone address their drinking or drug use.

For more information about the specific training or tailored training programmes we offer, please contact our Team Leader Sue French at [email protected].

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Housing Support

We offer advice and information for people using our services who are at risk of losing tenancy or those experiencing issues around housing. For information about the housing support advice we offer, please contact Emma Johnson at [email protected]

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Prescription medication support

If you would like to speak to somebody about your prescription medication, you can contact the service directly by phone or email. Doctors, family members, carers and friends or any other agency, such as social services, can refer somebody into our service.

If you are worried about someone else or would like to talk in confidence about your situation, please email Rob at [email protected].

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The Recovery Café

Our Recovery Café is run by experienced staff and volunteers. It’s a friendly and welcoming space where you can attend groups, learn new skills, meet likeminded individuals, or simply take some time out.

What to expect:

  • Tea, coffee, and fresh food available every day
  • Naloxone and needle exchange programmes
  • Guidance and support around treatment options
  • Advice from people who have achieved positive goals and want to share their experiences
  • Information about employment and volunteering opportunities

Although the Recovery Café is part of Change Grow Live, there is no requirement to sign up beforehand – simply turn up and get involved!

We want the groups we hold and the support we offer to be suggested by the people who attend the café. We hold a monthly open forum so you can tell us what you would like to see, and what would help in your recovery journey. Contact the team or speak to your key worker to find out more.

Café opening hours

The Recovery Café is in talks with Build on Belief to cover Saturday and Sunday, ensuring that the café will be open seven days a week by Spring 2024!

  • Monday09:30 - 16:00
  • Tuesday09:30 - 16:00
  • Wednesday10:00 - 16:00Women only sessions
  • Thursday09:30 - 16:00
  • Friday09:30 - 16:00

Where to find us

  • Recovery Café
    5 North Street
    Eastbourne BN21 3HG
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