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Family Recovery Champions – Royal Borough of Greenwich

In April 2013 Adfam was successful in securing five years’ funding from The Big Lottery to deliver the Whole Family Recovery Project in Greenwich, London.

Through this project our aim is to provide family members with the training, resources and support to understand the impact of drugs and alcohol on their lives, build sustainable relationships and positive futures. We do this by empowering families to develop, deliver and evaluate sustainable services for themselves and for other families living in the Greenwich area. They become visible Family Recovery Champions (FRCs) inspiring others to make positive changes in their lives and redress the negative impact of drug and alcohol use in their families and communities.  

Adfam have developed an FRC training package, designed to be delivered either as a one day or two half-day training sessions. The training is designed as a tool kit approach to empower family members to take up the role of FRC.

The learning objectives of the FRC training are:-

  • Understanding boundaries and the importance of managing them effectively in the context of working with family members;
  • Exploring effective forms of communication, including body language and active listening and how to communicate in a manner that provides family members with a safe, supportive and effective space;
  • Recognising and applying the key elements of a safe and effective confidentiality policy;
  • Understanding safeguarding and how to implement a safeguarding policy effectively;
  • Group dynamics and how they can impact on individuals;
  • Effective and critical reflection techniques and how these can be used to support personal development;
  • The role and purpose of FRCs.

FRCs can offer flexible and social peer support to meet the needs of family members, this could include 1:1 and group support, adding value and capacity to existing services.

In Greenwich, families can attend a peer support group led by FRCs, in addition to support from the Family Worker.

The FRCs have led on the development of the sessions, setting up a steering group and inviting a range of guest speakers.

For more information contact Emma Spiegler.

Adfam also offers heavily subsidised weekend respite breaks for carers who live in Greenwich.