Share was established to support everyone affected by addiction, living in and around Shrewsbury. We aim to do this by creating a visible presence in Shrewsbury, where we can start a conversation with people about addiction and recovery. Wherever possible we want to set up and support recovery groups for the individual in recovery, and their family and friends. We also want to challenge the myths about addiction and to enable our community to understand that addiction is a progressive, terminal disease, and that sufferers deserve the same services and sympathy, that is given to those with other physical conditions.
The Share Centre
We are pleased to say we have a base within the Riverside shopping centre in the middle of Shrewsbury, just a few minutes walk from the bus and railway station. Here we are able to deliver individual counselling, co-ordinate our volunteer activity and run a charity shop, selling beautiful items made by volunteers in recovery. We provide a relaxed space where the public can meet with us and have a chat and seek advice on themes surrounding addiction and recovery. We also offer information about events, groups and organisations that can give support and treatment.
In the Share Centre we have several individual consulting rooms and a meeting room, which are available to hire at very reasonable rates. Please get in touch for more information.
Other services at the Share Centre
Within the Share Centre we host a friendly community cafe, called the Links cafe, where drinks and snacks are sold at a very reasonable cost.
There is also a twice weekly “Let’s Talk Local” drop in service in the Share centre, which is run by Shropshire Council. These individual sessions allow members of the public to receive information and support in a friendly and informal way from trained social care practitioners. For more information go to www.shropshire.gov.uk/lets-talk-local
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The road to recovery can be difficult for sufferers and their families. We offer small financial grants for specific reasons, such as buying a new carpet or paying for a rail ticket. If you’d like to apply for a grant to help you on your personal journey, please apply by downloading and completing the application form below.
We warmly welcome you to attend our monthly meetings, which are open to everyone. This is an opportunity to meet others who are interested in addiction and recovery, and to hear about the work being carried out by Share, and to get involved as a supporter or a volunteer.
We spend some time in small groups, sharing ideas and speaking about our personal experiences to improve services. We always share hot drinks and cake together during the evening, and spend time networking and making new friends.
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We helped to set up yoga classes on Wednesday evenings at 7pm run by Jenna Blair, who is a highly skilled and experienced yoga teacher. Just contact Jenna for more details Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the first and third Wednesday of each month, we run a drop-in service for students and staff the UCS. These one to one sessions are confidential and will provide a listening ear and also advice on where to go for information and help.
This support group aims to give parents a safe space where they can discuss anything to do with addiction and recovery. Our experienced counsellor will allow group members to share their experiences and put strategies in place to promote well being.
We welcome volunteers to join us from all backgrounds, but particularly encourage individuals who are in recovery, or who access services. In order to volunteer, you must be abstinent from drugs or alcohol. We recognise that volunteers form the back bone of our charity, and there are some roles where training is vital. Working with our partners at the Telford Aftercare Team ( TACT), Share is able to offer training to our volunteers which will lead to an accredited qualification. We are planning that all our volunteers will complete one, or both, of the following online qualifications:
Please get in touch if you are interested in volunteering.
Working with the Shrewsbury Food Hub, we receive a regular supply of food to the Share Centre every Thursday. These edible treats are always different, but usually include bread, fruit and pastries. We invite everyone to take what they like, in exchange for a small donation where possible, this donation will go toward the Food Hub charity. Please be mindful if you have any food allergies as to what you select.
We are planning to develop a local evidence base reflecting the services and support currently available, using online methods, including surveys and smart phone technology. We will be encouraging those using services, professionals working in the sector, GP’s, hospital doctors, employers and others to contribute to this project.