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Alcohol recovery voices across Wigan and Leigh

“It is possible, because I’ve done it”

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Staffordshire County Councillors Visit

We highly value all our stakeholder relationships and it is always a particular pleasure to receive visits from local Councillors.

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Noreen Oliver 1960-2023

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Founder & Managing Director, Noreen Oliver MBE, Hon.DLit, who passed away on December 16, 2023, at the age of 63. Noreen was a passionate advocate for drug and alcohol policy reform, dedicating 25 years of her life to the relentless pursuit of positive change within the drug and alcohol community.

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Noreen Oliver MBE receives Honorary Doctor of Letters

Noreen Oliver MBE Founder and Managing Director of BAC is to receive the award of Honorary Doctor of Letters at Staffordshire University’s Autumn Awards. 

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Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire Freemasons Community Award

The O’Connor Gateway Trust were delighted to receive an award from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire Freemasons at their Community Awards last night.

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We are delighted to share that four of our volunteers have been shortlisted for an INSIGHT Award!!!

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Halo Garden

The Halo Garden was created by Air Arts in 2023 working in partnership with landscape architects erz.

Remembrance and Hope

In honour of #recoverymonth we had the honour of attending a service held by chase recovery about Remembrance and Hope.

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Russell Brand

In response to the recent developments concerning Russell Brand, BAC & O’Connor Gateway Trust has issued a statement confirming the termination of our association with him.

The focus of our services is and will always continue to be the client’s treatment and the services we offer. We have already made a statement yesterday to say to we have severed all ties with Russell Brand. We will be making no further comment. Our team is actively engaged in the task of removing all mentions of Russell Brand from our website.

Langan’s Tea Room Good Food Award

We are proud to announce that we have won the Good Food Award for a third consecutive time.

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Straw Bale Cafe Relaunch

We have officially re-launched The Straw Bale Café at Greenslate Community Farm.

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Staffordshire Recoverfest 2023

We are delighted to announce that Staffordshire Recoverfest 2023, our much-anticipated event aimed at promoting recovery and well-being, was an incredible success!

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Coventry CGL Event

Attended alongside other providers of detoxification and rehabilitation service providers from across England and Wales, we were delighted to introduce ourselves, take enquiries and network with managers from Change Grow Live throughout the ‘Road to Recovery Day’ event Coventry Change Grow Live offices. Altogether a busy and productive day for Kyle, M, Marius and Janet.

ReCast Exhibition

This brand new group exhibition celebrates the power of clay and creativity to support drug and alcohol addiction recovery. The exhibition brings together work by 20 individuals who have been part of Recast, a collaboration between the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) and Stoke Recovery Service.

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Carers Event – Caring in the  Community

We joined the Carers Network of UHDB, as they hosted an event to celebrate
Carers Week 2023. We took a few people in recovery and set a stall for people to come ask questions.
This year’s theme for Carers Week is Caring in the Community’ This was an exciting opportunity for Carers and the person(s) they care for to get out, meet others and access valuable information and support.

Derby University

The BAC recently teamed up with Derby University to create a series of videos to show what the BAC does and what rehab entails with us. Our very own Noreen and staff sat down and spoke through their responsibilities and roles in the BAC. Graduates and family members also spoke about their experiences and how the BAC helped. These videos are accessible for everyone and are for educational purposes, so if you’re interested in fighting your addiction, soon to be joining rehab, or have a family member struggling with addiction or in rehab, these videos will help. These videos show step-by step from entering the centre all the way through recovery and life after rehab. We would like to thank Derby University for giving us this opportunity.

Alcohol consumption in Scotland

Alcohol sales data is widely regarded as offering the most accurate means of estimating population-level alcohol consumption. Public Health Scotland uses retail sales data as part of the Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) programme and has published two reports examining the data.

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Drive to get offenders drug-free and cut crime

A £120 million drive will see the rollout of specialised wings across England and Wales which will treat drug addiction, including through abstinence, and then keep prisoners substance-free.

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Family group members from the BAC O'Connor Centre, in Staffordshire, getting ready to brave the zipwire

£4,813.09 – We did it!

This is the amazing total raised by BAC O’Connor’s Family Support group.
The money was raised through both sponsorship and a Go Fund Me page and will be invested in conferencing equipment so that our valued members of the Group who can only join via Zoom meetings can continue to receive the help and support that this invaluable group offers.
The equipment, when not used for family group meetings will be put to further use to accommodate both the BAC O’Connor Centre and Langan’s in future ventures.
Fourteen of these group members and their families aged from 23 to 71 years also took the sky in Derbyshire to brave a sponsored Zip Wire.
An outstanding fund-raising award was presented to Anita Lowe who single-handedly raised £435, along with another award being presented to Aiden and Lindsey from Goodlife Pharmacy, in Hatton, who donated £2,000 to the cause.
The Family Support Group is a highly valued resource, and the only one of its kind. Its purpose is to support families living with addiction, including those of our past, present and future clients here at the BAC O’Connor Centre and other centres throughout the Country.
The meetings take place each Thursday at our social enterprise, Langan’s Tea Rooms, and are hosted remotely for those who are unable to attend face-to-face, but still require support.
All newcomers are welcomed.

If you would like to make a donation, you can still do so by heading to the Go Fund Me page at

Is rehab effective? The results are in

This summary of the research evidence provides verification that residential rehabilitation is associated with improvements across a variety of outcomes. You can read the full story here.

BAC O’Connor Centre graduate, Lauren, featured in the local press

Lauren McCabe is a graduate of the BAC O'Connor Centre in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire and volunteers at Langan's Tea Rooms in George Street, Burton on Trent

She says walking through the doors of the BAC O’Connor Centre was one of the best things she ever did and has now completely turned her life around. Read her story here.

Our founder and CEO, Noreen Oliver MBE, hosts the Home Secretary at our social enterprise, Langan’s Tea Rooms

Noreen Oliver MBE hosts the Home Secretary Priti Patel at Langan's Tea Rooms, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire on Friday, January 28, 2022.
Noreen Oliver MBE pictured with the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, and Kate Griffiths MP.
We were delighted to host the Home Secretary on Friday, January 28, 2022; she was already aware of the difference that BAC makes to the community and had shared a desire that she would also like to visit our wonderful Tea Rooms, Langan’s, which is run by service users who have been through rehab at the BAC.
The Home Secretary was blown away by the elegant Tea Rooms and the story behind it.
She also took the time to meet with Kate Griffiths MP who is the Patron of our charity.
Read the latest version of BAC to the Future, our magazine written and produced by our recovery community

  BAC to the Future Nov 2021

Watch our Founder and CEO, Noreen Oliver MBE’s, appearance on This Morning’s ‘Women of Courage’ feature

Hear from people who have accessed BAC O’Connor as part of their Recovery Journey.

“If it wasn't for the BAC O'Connor Centre, I don't know where I'd be now. I am now coming up to my 14th year in my recovery. Nobody says it'll be easy but with the help, guidance and support from the BAC it works if you work it. I am now at the happiest and best place in my life, I will be forever grateful to you all, especially Kev.” — Pamela

“I am 10 months sober and I just wanted to say how incredibly grateful I am to everyone at the BAC O'Connor Centre, and to Kevin Langan in particular. You all not only changed my life but gave me a future that really was beyond my wildest dreams. The BAC did not just teach me how to stop drinking, it taught me how to live my life day to day and how to be genuinely happy. I am currently living in France doing an incredibly rewarding job and gaining the most amazing experiences! This is the first time I have ever been able to say I am truly happy and I owe it all to the BAC!” — E.K.

“The family group is a lifeline to me. I don’t know what I would do without this group. It has helped me tremendously and still does to this day. Before, I had no-one to understand what I was going through and people were quick to judge not knowing anything about addiction and the impact it has on family members. That is, until I came across this lovely family group who quickly welcomed me in and gave honest, non-judgmental advice. I suddenly felt I was not alone in this journey. Everyone is so supportive, and I will always be thankful for their support. Without this support I would not be where I am now.” — Tricia

“There’s no doubt in my mind BAC and the O’Connor Trust have saved my life… if it wasn’t for them, I know I wouldn’t be here.” — Chris

“The family group has been a lifeline for me. Before this I wasn’t in touch with anyone who’d lived with an alcoholic. I felt helpless, bewildered and desperate for information. To be in contact with people who could offer advice and share their experiences with no judgment has been invaluable to me, practically and for my own mental health. I thank those involved from the bottom of my heart.” — H.

“The BAC O’Connor Centre has provided a lifeline, not only for the addict in our family, but also for the others through the Family Support Group. Sadly, we have had experience of several rehab centres, but there is no doubt that the BAC O’Connor provides the best all round service and we are incredibly grateful for their ongoing support. We have no hesitation in recommending the facility to other families suffering the pain caused by addiction.” — P.&V. S.

“I have my partner, rock, soulmate and love of my life back who is a wonderful dad to our son and now an amazing granddad to our gorgeous granddaughter. It never would have happened without the BAC. They gave me my world back and now he works for the BAC helping others like he was helped. Truly amazing and life changing place. Thank you BAC.” — Clare

“The family group has given me a sense of belonging. It offers advice from a professional therapist, support, and the knowledge that we all deserve to live a full and happy life, even when life is full of challenges because of the addicts in our lives. I now have a ‘new’ family who understand, listen, and support each other when times are difficult, yet are happy to share in the joy when things go well. My life has changed for the better since joining this group.” — Anita

“I am 15 months clean and sober and I would like to say a big thanks to the Bac O'Connor, the therapists and all the staff for all their help and support; I have made so many friends.” — Sam

“Bac O'Connor saved my son's life. I am proud to be part of the BAC O'Connor Family.” — Zena

“One of their special features is that they make things happen…they are a great example to other services both locally and nationally.” — Commissioner feedback

“Firstly, I would like to commend the facilities and comfortable surroundings I have experienced. My detox has been superbly administered and has been as "bearable" as possible. It is with true gratitude that I would like to thank all of the staff in detox. They have been patient, empathetic, friendly and approachable. Also I have found them to be professional and have a genuine caring nature…Hopefully I can move forward with a successful rehab after being given a great "head start" by detox staff.” — Paul

“All I can say is a big thank you to all detox staff…I feel so safe and secure with them I’m just so grateful. So thank you all very much you've all made my detox a success.” — Dan

“Detox was flawless, very well done, the detox regime was as good as it can get. The Therapy was by far the best I have ever seen. From the cleaners to the C.E.O, I really can’t find a fault with the BAC. This is a well - oiled recovery machine, underpinned with love and care. ” — Service user