We understand that facing life without alcohol or drugs can be a terrifying prospect for many people as often substances have been used as unhealthy coping mechanism throughout life. Our vibrant, thriving recovery community is there to support you back into the community after treatment and to help you build confidence and have fun, free from the need to rely on substances any more.
The O’Connor Gateway Trust is a registered charity which offers a wide-range of different opportunities for people in recovery to get involved, have fun and enjoy life. For more information on the range of services we offer through our recovery community, from our social enterprise Langan’s Tea Rooms to our Recovery Academy, RIOT volunteers and aftercare service, please follow the information and links below.
“My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life does not come last”
We provide Aftercare Services for all graduates from the BAC O’Connor programme; this includes access to weekly groups as well support and opportunities from our well established service user group RIOT ( Recovery Is Out There), they have events from Fashion shows to open mic night, RIOT have their own facilities and function rooms where peers can meet for a coffee and chat there is always something going on at BAC and as a graduate you will have access to it all.
We are very proud of our social enterprises, Langan’s Tea Rooms, “a taste of elegance in Burton on Trent and Cannock” they sit under The O’Connor Gateway Charitable Trust and are run by graduates from the BAC programme, everything is homemade and served to you on bone china in very elegant surroundings. Graduates have the opportunity to gain valuable skills, we have a number of chefs who learnt their skills in all aspects of cooking or those who chose to specialise and qualify in one area such as pastry chef cooking learnt those skills in our Tea Rooms there are other roles that graduates can choose to train/work in and that could be a totally different field, they may choose to volunteer, of course these opportunities help build self-esteem and confidence as well as other vital skills.
All revenue is ploughed back into community services to provide more education, training and employment for those individuals who have undergone rehabilitation at the BAC O’Connor centres in Staffordshire.
RIOT Recovery Champions:
- Use their own experience from addiction through to recovery to provide information and support in different settings such as groups, schools, prisons and home visits
- Support clients who are accessing treatment or the early stages of assessment and pre-rehab through sharing their own experiences, signposting to services and answering questions or concerns about the recovery journey
- Arrange and get involved in social activities
- Arrange and get involved in support groups
- Work with Langan’s Tea Rooms to provide a safe, fun environment for those in recovery
- Deliver SMART groups to equip people with the tools for sustainable recovery
- Deliver talks on access to residential rehabilitation
- Attend NA and AA meetings with people for the first time
- Work in partnership with the NHS, STARS, the Probation Service, Staffordshire Police, local schools, the Prison Service and Public Health Staffordshire to support people in their recovery journey
RIOT Champions are visible evidence that Treatment and Recovery work and you can recover.
The Recovery Academy was established to support people who have undergone drug and alcohol rehabilitation to integrate back into society equipped with the skills and confidence to thrive. The Recovery Academy provides opportunities for people to access training, education, volunteering and employment experience following rehabilitation; the Trust has recently been able to extend the services it provides thanks to support from the Big Lottery. For more information please download our Recovery Academy brochures on the ‘Brochures’ page of our website.
Stoke Community Drug and Alcohol Service is a service provided by a partnership of BAC O’Connor, the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust and Addaction. SCDAS provides a range of services in the community for people in both active addiction and recovery; for more information please visit the Stoke CDAS website.