A Better Tomorrow is a Community Interest Company (CIC) and was established in August 2014. We are a abstinence based, residential recovery project that provides supported housing to male adults who are in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. We are based in the Telford area but are happy to accept referrals from outside of the local area. We provide support to clients who are committed and motivated towards making life changing decisions and feel they are ready to move forward positively with their lives. Our aim is to provide clients with the skills needed for everyday living, without the use of mind altering substances. We provide practical on-going support within the community, introducing self-management skills and the ability to monitor self-behaviour.

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Life at ABT

What is expected from you

Abstinence

1, To refrain from consuming alcohol or taking any illicit drugs, also providing random breath and urine samples as and when requested.

AA,NA,SMART

2, You are required to attend a minimum of 3 groups each week, this can be Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or SMART recovery. Each group typically lasts 90 minutes. The groups you attend are entirely up to you, as long as they are any of the above. .

Reduction Group / 3 Step Group

3, Clients that are on Opiate replacement medication will also be expected to attend a weekly reduction group, this is a peer lead group delivered by A Better Tomorrow Clients for ABT Clients, also with support from the local DARS team helping with reduction targets. We also run a 3 step meeting that will help guide you on your journey of recovery, giving you more of an insight into the meetings you will be attending.

The Team

Paul Gallagher

office@abettertomorrow.org.uk

Paul battled addiction for most of his adult life until he accessed a supported housing project in Birmingham, where he managed to beat his addiction and turn his life around. Later Paul was fortunate enough to work for the project that had played such a big part in his own recovery.

 

Kathleen Livingstone

office@abettertomorrow.org.uk

Kath’s passion is mental health as she has battled with her own mental health issues for many years. Kath also worked in the recovery sector within Birmingham. Together Paul and Kath decided to set up their own project in Telford because they felt that the people of Shropshire could benefit from what was already happening in Birmingham………the rest is history

 

Scott Morgan

scottmorgan@abettertomorrow.org.uk

Scott was A Better Tomorrows first client when the project opened on the 11th august 2014.
Scott worked hard on his recovery and was a fantastic peer for everyone else who came in to the project, a shining example of how it should be done. Once Scott was six months in to his recovery he started volunteering within the project, his level-headed, easy going approach soon made him a firm favourite with other members of the project, so much so that he became "A Better Tomorrows" first paid employee in September 2015.

 

Martin Cantrill

martincantrill@abettertomorrow.org.uk

Believe it or not Martin came to the project on Christmas Eve 2014, no one expected that to happen. Martin soon settled in to life in the project and became an integral part of his house. Martin has a strong personality which has helped him to provide support to lots of his peers. Martin possesses good leadership skills and a no nonsense approach, whilst still being supportive and approachable. Martin is a great support to the new lads that arrive at the project, he is more than happy to take them under his wing and give them a firm foundation to work from. Martin has successfully completed his time within the project and has now moved on in to his own accommodation, another success story.

 

Leighton Woolley

leightonwooley@abettertomorrow.org.uk

Leighton was referred to us by his support worker in Shrewsbury, as she saw potential in him but realised he needed a safe secure environment to flourish in. Leighton threw himself in to recovery, attending TACT on a daily basis and attending a 16 week course at CRI in Lye. Once Leighton had got some recovery time under his belt he devoted his time to volunteering as much as he could. He now works for ABT having previously volunteered at CRI, TACT and SRP in Shrewsbury. Leighton is an integral member of ABT, who is a great support to all of our clients. His sense of humour and vast knowledge of recovery makes him someone our clients can identify with and go to when they need help.

 

Tony Jones

tonyjones@abettertomorrow.org.uk

Tony came to us completely broken after being in addiction for most of his adult life, he soon settled in to the project as he felt safe.Tony has worked hard at his recovery accessing the local after care team (TACT) on a daily basis. Tony is a genuine guy who’s no nonsense approach has enabled him to be a great support to his peers. Tony now runs a weekly support group for A Better Tomorrow and is doing an amazing job of supporting the lads who are undergoing a reduction plan.

 

Charlotte Delo

charlottedelo@abettertomorrow.org.uk

Charlotte campaigned tirelessly for a blanket ban on all NPS’s after charlottes brother unfortunately died after taking them. She has done talks in schools and prisons, as well as doing radio and TV interviews on the dangers of taking NPS’s, all in the hope of preventing another family experiencing the horror her family have. Charlotte has a natural down to earth personality, which makes her easily approachable. Charlotte is now a full-time member of staff and a great support to our clients. Specialising in the mental health side of recovery, Charlotte uses her own experiences to support our clients, always going the extra mile, with nothing too much trouble.

 

Matti O'Neil

office@abettertomorrow.org.uk

Matti was the second client to join A Better Tomorrow, Matti (reluctantly) threw himself in to both the project and recovery from the start.Since then he has achieved so much, he successfully completed his first year at college, doing an electricians course. Completed a PAT testing course, and is now half way through the second year of his electrician’s course. Matti also helped to set up and run the second NA meeting in Telford. Matti is a genuine guy who goes out of his way to support others that are also in recovery. His straight talking and no nonsense approach has made him a firm favorite with both staff and clients.

 

Joanne Copson

office@abettertomorrow.org.uk

Jo Jo, as she is affectionally known, has joined our volunteer team after battling her own demons, plus volunteering with other organisations in the recovery sector. Bringing her own experiences and knowledge, Jo Jo has an empathic approach and is always there to lend an ear to our lads. With enthusiasm and vigour Jo Jo has thrown herself into her role and is a firm favourite within the project.

 

Gareth Stearn

office@abettertomorrow.org.uk

Gareth joined ABT as a client in August 2016. Coming straight from a detox facility Gaz was a bit apprehensive about joining us, and for the first couple of weeks didn’t even unpack his suitcase as he was that unsure of whether he would stay. After getting through this Gaz decided to grab recovery with both hands, getting to as many meetings as possible, joining in on any activities ABT were doing and getting back in to education. Soon becoming a favourite for the lads, Gaz was keen to help others and turned into being a good role model. Gaz is now volunteering for ABT and gets involved in many ways, helping out with testing, house groups and generally supporting clients. With his happy go lucky approach Gaz is a perfect peer mentor.

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