These days it’s easy to take our smart phones, our laptops and our tablets for granted. We use them for just about everything, but imagine how difficult things would be if we didn’t have access to this kind of technology.

Many of our clients come to us with little more than the clothes on their back, so accessing the online world isn’t quite as simple as it is for most of us. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce we have now opened our “IT Suite” which is dedicated to meeting those needs for our clients.

Containing three desktop computers, three laptops, a colour printer/scanner and a dedicated, high speed broadband connection, our clients now have access to the internet for checking Universal Credit accounts, paying council tax, social media, online banking and anything else they wish (within reason of course!).

We still encourage our clients to work towards independent living, but at least now they have internet access in the meantime!

Last weekend, Sean celebrated freedom from active addiction at the annual UK convention in Birmingham with 10 months of abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

Sean has been thriving since coming to Alpha House last Summer, and is now well on his way to moving forward with his life.

Sean is currently one of our residents in a “move on” property, which is designed to work as a stepping stone to residents who are getting ready to return to independent living. Through his hard work and dedication, Sean has now found a job, and will soon be transferring the lease for his residence into his own name.

Although he will no longer be an Alpha House resident, Sean will still have our support. He still plans to attend his weekly mentoring sessions, and he will always be welcome to attend our day groups when he has the time.

We at Alpha House will certainly miss Sean, but we are thrilled that he is moving on with his life and doing so well.

Congratulations Sean, and keep up the good work!

At Alpha House Calderdale, we provide our clients with a great deal of support and guidance in their recovery, and the Alpha crew have been working hard to achieve their life goals. However, recovery can be hard work at times, so we feel it is important for the lads to take a little time off now and then to enjoy the joys of recovery. That is why we decided to treat the residents of Alpha House to a day out.

In place of our usual recovery groups, we loaded everyone up in our minibus and took a day out for a little fun. After a few games of bowling and a trip to the cinema, we then decided to take an impromptu walk around Shibden Park to enjoy the glorious weather. And of course, we couldn’t resist getting an ice cream while we were there!

Of course, this was just a last minute outing for Alpha House. We have some bigger, more exciting plans for the near future including our annual trip, which this year will be Scarborough. So stay tuned for our upcoming posts on other activities at alpha house.

 

Who would have thought this unlikely pair would be collecting five grand cheque from the Police and Crime Commissioner? Well that’s exactly what happened in March. Seeing these two where they are today just goes to show that change really is possible when the right support is given.

Ian and Craig are two of our greatest success stories at Alpha House. That’s why we could think of no one better to pick up a £5,000 grant awarded to Alpha House. The donation was awarded to Alpha House to help us continue our work in reducing crime through changing lives.

Although this picture is only a couple of months old (taken in March 2019), both Ian and Craig have taken great steps in their lives. Craig has returned to full time work and left Alpha House, but he still likes to get involved when he can to show his gratitude. Ian is now on permitted work for Alpha House, helping in the office and visiting potential clients in prison to share the message of how he turned his life around at Alpha.

This generous donation from the Police and Crime Commissioner will certainly go a long way for us. It’s grants like this that help Alpha House continue its mission, and help more people like Ian and Craig reach their full potential in life.

From everyone at Alpha House Calderdale, we’d like to give the Police and Crime Commissioner a big thank you!

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Well it’s been a while since we’ve brought you any news, but we’re now working to get back on track and keep you up to date with what we get up to here at Alpha House.

We’ve been busy as ever since our last update, and there’s so much to tell! The biggest news you may have missed however, is our new building.

If anybody remembers our old premises, they will remember it being a little small for our growing numbers. To meet our increasing needs, we have moved to a new building right in the centre of Halifax, which we have renovated into a fit-for-purpose recovery centre and office of operations.

The building is comprised of four floors, which not only offers clients a variety of things to do outside of group sessions, it also gives our staff and volunteers more office space to help us do what we do best – helping clients to achieve their full potential.

In the basement, our clients have access to the Day Centre, complete with kitchen, TV, pool table and gym. The ground floor houses our office and reception area, leading to a group room, counselling room and an additional office on the first floor. The top floor is fitted out with a full kitchen, which occasionally hosts a cooking class too. Next door we have a ‘quiet room’ which allows clients a place to simply chill out, nap, watch TV or even receive massage and reflexology sessions free of charge.

Everyone at Alpha House is really excited about the changes that have taken place over the last 18 months, and we’re even more excited about the changes that are still to come. So, watch this space!

 

alpha house calderdale blackpool trip

Having a nice meal in Blackpool after it taking 6 hours to get there due to the M62 being closed because of an accident.
Still, it was good food and good company and enjoyed by all.

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Pictures from our BBQ:

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Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWBC) is a unique opportunity for people with no boxing background to experience the wonderful world of boxing, in a safe and enjoyable environment. Raise money for Cancer Research UK and Get In Great shape!

This is Carl getting ready for his tournament:

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Alpha House go Bowling:

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Jimmy's Story - Alpha House Calderdale

Jimmy's Story - Alpha House CalderdaleHi, my name is James but I’ve got used to everyone at Alpha House calling me Jimmy. I’m 52 years old now but I started drinking at age 14 and then drank for 35 years. In all that time I cannot honestly remember a day when I didn’t have a drink.

My drinking progressed to astronomical amounts until around August 2012 when I was diagnosed with severe depression. After being brutally attacked and left for dead on my holidays I was then diagnosed with PTSD. This all stopped me from going to work.

My drinking and mental health issues and two suicide attempts caused a separation from my long term partner leading to homelessness. You can imagine the state I ended up in.

I managed to get into detox at TTP in Bradford on 14th October 2013 for alcohol dependency and this led to my counsellor contacting Yvonne and Miles about my aftercare. I was collected from TTP on 24th October 2013 by Yvonne and brought to Alpha House.

I was assessed and given a Care Plan and introduced to a recovery programme. I decided to give it all my best shot; I’d had enough. I started to attend groups, had one-to-one sessions and started to attend AA meetings as well.

I started therapy sessions at Insight to deal with my mental health issues and a little later attended and completed the pre-recovery and abstinence programmes at the Basement.

By December 2013 I had moved into one of Alpha Houses’ flats and things started to change for me.

A big bug bear was that I had not had any benefits since July 2013 and I was penniless. In March 2014 Yvonne accompanied me to an ATOS tribunal meeting which went in my favour and I finally started to get benefits after all that time.

Things seemed to start really improving after that problem was solved. My mental health certainly improved, my faith in God increased and my whole outlook on life was improving day by day. My recovery had really taken off.

To date I have completed 12 different Training Courses at VAC and completed the Naltrexone SMMGP certificate and the “Engagement Champions Programme”. I have also passed the Health and Social Care Level 3 course. This has helped me to care for Fred, my partner’s Dad, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

I became a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Trustees at Alpha House and served for 2 years and volunteered as a Mentor three and a half days at Alpha House so I became very busy with a very fulfilled life.

I have rekindled my relationship with Lynn my fiancée and we now have a much better relationship than we have ever had. Just recently we bought a house together which is almost ready then I will leave Alpha House as a resident and make the transition from Volunteer to paid worker as Administrator. More importantly, I will also be getting married at some point in the near future.

My life today is so different to how it was before I came to Alpha House. I know that I am a completely different person to the man who first arrived. I am so very grateful to all the staff at Alpha House and those at other services, especially the Basement Project and Insight; in fact, everyone who has had a part to play in my recovery.

I would really like to thank Yvonne, Miles and Fran because they have given me my faith in mankind and faith in myself. Today I can be honest and I can be the person that God
created me to be.

One day at a time, and keeping it simple are two of AA’s well know phrases and without adhering to these principles and living like this as well as working the rest of the programme, I know I would not have gone two and a half years abstinent from alcohol and not only abstinent but achieving my potential as a human being. I believe I live a fulfilled life at the moment, I am happy and content most of the time and I am trying to think of others above myself and my own needs and to give something back to society.

I expect it to keep getting better as I keep doing the things I’m supposed to do on a daily basis. Long May it continue I say.

Cheers,
James