"The unit has a multi-skilled team of dedicated professionals whose goal is to support clients into recovery. The aim of the unit is to develop staff to ensure they can provide evidence based techniques/therapies in managing people with substance misuse problems. We aim to treat clients holistically and build into our care plans any other problems such as depression, poor mobility and housing/financial issues as these problems can sometimes be at the root of a client’s addiction."
Jacqui McLoughlin Clinical Lead, The Huntercombe Centre - Sunderland
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Support Groups and Links
The alphabetical list below provides a summary of the useful support groups and links to further information. Click on the titles to reveal the contact and website details of each one.
Addiction Recovery Foundation
Addiction Recovery Foundation provides both professionals and those in recovery with free information resources.
The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is a national charity that provides support, advice and information to parents and carers on a wide range of school based issues including exclusion, admissions, special education needs, bullying and attendance.
Alcohol Concern is the national agency on alcohol misuse campaigning for effective alcohol policy and improved services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol-related problems. It is a registered charity.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is a not-for-profit organisation, which exists to fight for the rights of injured people. APIL offer information, guidance and support for those injured as a result of someone else's negligence and can direct you to a personal injury lawyer in your area.
Beat is the UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families, providing information, help and support for people affected by eating disorders and, in particular, anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Beat is the working name of the Eating Disorders Association.
Brainwave is a national children's charity working with children, from six months to 12 years, who have a brain injury, chromosome or genetic condition resulting in disability, and developmental delay. They also support families with children who have Autism.
British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM)
The British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM) is a professional association established to promote the development of case management in the field of acquired brain injury. It represents the professional interests and concerns of case managers who work with those who have suffered an acquired brain injury or other complex condition that requires co-ordinated rehabilitation, care and support.
British Institute for Brain Injured Children (BIBIC)
The British Institute for Brain Injured Children (BIBIC) is a national charity offering practical help to families caring for children with conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, developmental delay, traumatic and acquired brain injury and specific learning difficulties such as attention deficits hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia and dyspraxia.
British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD)
The British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) is a national charity committed to improving the quality of life for people in the UK with a learning disability. They achieve this by influencing policy-makers and other decision-makers, encouraging good practice among practitioners and helping people with a learning disability take charge of their own lives and become part of an inclusive society.
Different Strokes is a registered charity providing a free service to younger stroke survivors in the UK. The charity is run by stroke survivors and offers self-help and mutual support to enable stroke survivors of working age to optimise their recovery, take control of their own lives and regain as much independence as possible.
Drugscope is a charity which provides quality drug information, promotes effective responses to drug use, undertakes research, advises on policy-making and good practice, encourages informed debate and speaks for its members working in drug treatment, education and prevention.
Epilepsy Action is a UK member-led epilepsy organisation, which acts as the voice of people with epilepsy, their friends, families and health professionals. As well as campaigning to improve epilepsy services, they also offer support and assistance.
Headway is a charity that provides help and support to people affected by brain injury both locally and nationally. A network of local groups throughout the UK and Channel Islands offer a wide range of services, including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care. Nationally, Headway helps to deliver high quality services through guidance on policies, procedures, standards and training.
The Kent Acquired Brain Injury Forum is a group of brain injury survivors, carers, front-line professionals and policy makers who wish to advance issues concerning acquired brain injury across Kent. KABIF works with the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) in setting common aims, encouraging sharing of information and co-ordination of group work.
The Long Term Conditions Alliance (LTCA) is an independent Scottish charity which campaigns and influences policy; supports and improves practice, supports voluntary and community organisations and tackles health inequalities for people in Scotland with long-term conditions.
Mencap is an individual membership organisation for people with learning disabilities. They provide support for people with a learning disability and their families and carers. Their work includes providing services that allow people to live as independently as possible, providing advice and campaigning for changes that their members want.
Mental Health Matters is an UK charity which provides services for people with mental health needs. The services provided cover every aspect of service users’ lives, from employment to housing to community support and psychological services.
MIND is the mental health charity for England and Wales that helps people take control of their mental health. They provide information to help promote understanding of mental health and campaign to create a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all.
Momentum is a not-for-profit organisation assisting disabled and excluded people throughout the country by delivering a range of innovative programmes, which benefit a wide range of individuals in the following areas: brain injury, mental health, employment and training, job retention, pan-disability, care and supported living and community rehabilitation.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association is a national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland dedicated to the support of people with Motor Neurone Disease and those who care for them by helping them secure the care and support they need, while promoting research into causes, treatments and a cure.
Multiple Sclerosis Research and Relief Fund is a UK charity which supports people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). They provide practical advice and information and offer a range of services to help people whose lives have been affected by MS to understand and cope with the condition. They also provide a grants service available to groups and individuals to fund items or services that may fall outside the scope of statutory bodies.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society is a membership organisation for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). The society funds MS research, runs respite care centres, provides grants, education and training on MS and also produces publications on MS and runs a specialist helpline.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland is a membership organisation for people in Scotland affected by multiple sclerosis. The Society has a network of local branches across Scotland and is part of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The Multiple Sclerosis Trust is a UK charity, which provides information for anyone affected by multiple sclerosis, offers education programmes to health professionals, funds practical research and campaigns for specialist multiple sclerosis services.
The National Autistic Society is a UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger's Sydrome) and their families. They provide information, support and services and campaign for a better world for people with autism.
The Neurological Alliance is a campaigning organisation – the collective voice of over 50 brain and spine charities and other key stakeholders in England. They work with their member organisations to campaign locally and nationally for people with a neurological condition.
The Northern Acquired Brain Injury Forum (NABIF) is a group of individuals and organisations who have an interest in acquired brain injury (ABI) or who provide services to individuals with ABI and their families. NABIF works with the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) in setting common aims, encouraging sharing of information and co-ordination of group work.
OCD UK is a national charity, independently working with and for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This is a completely service user led charity providing support services for people with OCD and campaigning for improved access and treatment.
Papyrus is a UK charity committed to suicide prevention, focusing predominantly on the emotional well-being of children, teenagers and young adults. They provide resources and support to help prevent suicide and improve mental health in young people.
Rethink is a national mental health membership charity, which works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. They provide their members with services, support groups and information on mental health problems and they also carry out research which informs national mental health policy.
Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR)
The Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR) is a national network of disability organisations and disabled people who represent their members by fast-tracking opinions and concerns to policy-makers and by launching their own campaigns to promote equality for all disabled people.
SANE is a registered UK charity for people with a mental illness. They provide care and support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers. They initiate research into the causes and treatments of serious mental illnesses and they raise awareness and combat stigma through education and campaigning.
Scope is the UK disability charity for children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy. They work with disabled people to raise awareness, change attitudes and influence government policy. They provide help and information and offer a range of services, such as education and training, short breaks and employment and training.
The Scotland Head Injury Forum (SHIF) is a national umbrella organisation within Scotland that represents the interests of survivors of brain injuries, their families and those who work with them. SHIF works with the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) in setting common aims, encouraging sharing of information and co-ordination of group work.
The Scottish Eating Disorder Interest Group (SEDIG) is a network of NHS and private professionals and enthusiasts from voluntary and self-help groups from all over the country with an interest in eating disorders.
The Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) is a small charity established by families living with Huntington’s Disease which provides specialist family support services and a network of specialist services.
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is a national charity for spinal cord injured people. They are a user-led organisation that offers support and assistance from the time of injury; that provides services to increase quality of life and that campaigns for the best medical and social care.
The Stroke Association is a UK charity concerned with combating stroke in people of all ages. They fund research into prevention, treatment and better methods of rehabilitation and help stroke patients and their families by providing information, advice and support and life after stroke grants.
The Brain and Spine Foundation is a charitable organisation which provides information and support for adults and children affected by neurological conditions, and helps to develop training and tools for medical and educational professionals.
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation exists to demonstrate that individuals with severe learning disabilities who are described as having challenging behaviour can enjoy normal life opportunities when their behaviour is properly understood and they receive appropriate individualised support. The foundation supports families, professionals and other stakeholders through education, information, research and partnership working.
The Encephalitis Society is a UK based charity set up by people affected by encephalitis. They offer support and information to adults and children affected by encephalitis, produce evidence-based information on all aspects of the condition, raise awareness about the condition and conduct research into the condition.
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities is part of the Mental Health Foundation, a national charity which works to promote the rights, quality of life and opportunities for people with learning disabilities and their families. They provide information; carry out research and work to improve services.
The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) is a UK charity providing children’s rights and socio-legal services. They offer information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children and young people up the age of 25 years. NYAS is also a community legal service.
Together is a national charity working alongside people with mental health issues. They provide a range of services including accommodation, day and community services, advocacy and they also work in courts and probation services.
The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) is a member organisation and charity which aims to promote the understanding of all aspects of acquired brain injury. The organisation was formed by a coalition of organisations working in the field of acquired brain injury who wished to improve awareness through education and information and who wished to campaign for better services in the UK. There are regional acquired brain injury groups throughout the UK.