About

Providing hope,

connection & identity

Welcome to EACH Recovery Matters where our mission is to provide hope, connection, and identity to individuals facing challenges related to drug and alcohol issues. We are an innovative project dedicated to linking individuals with recovery support, training, and development opportunities within the local community. Our goal is to create clear pathways to progress, empowering individuals to lead healthy and meaningful lives.

Where we come from

The EACH Recovery Matters officially opened its doors in August 2022, and we are proud to say that we’ve achieved significant milestones in a relatively short time. We invite you to explore the diverse range of activities and services we offer.

Key achievements

  • The successful launch of numerous support groups and activities.
  • Providing vital support to clients seeking treatment services.
  • Preventing the need for residential rehab through our support.
  • Establishing Each Man Matters and Survivors Mental Health Groups
  • Launching the successful New Heights Outdoor Group
  • Offering an out-of-hours festive helpline to those in need.
  • Establishing daily 9 am to 5 pm Recovery Drop-in services.
  • Nurturing a flourishing recovery college and volunteer program.
  • Active participation in various events, such as the Stigma Roadshow, Hub Wellbeing Day, and East Ayrshire ADP Conferences.

Community outreach & engagement

Our outreach and engagement efforts have seen a significant boost, thanks to our dedicated Community Recovery Engagement Workers (CREW) workers. These individuals are making a real difference within different communities in East Ayrshire, contributing to the remarkable work we do.

Looking ahead

At EACH Recovery Matters, we’re always setting our sights on the future. Our vision includes:

  • The potential for expansion into additional premises, broadening our reach.
  • Expanding our dedicated staff team to enhance our services.
  • Becoming an integral part of the East Ayrshire “Recovery Campus.”
  • Expanding our service provision to better serve our community.
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We take pride in the positive network we’ve built within the recovery community and beyond. Collaboration and partnership are at the heart of our approach. We are always eager to work with other organisations and agencies to further develop the services we provide. If you’re interested in joining us on this inspiring journey or have ideas for collaboration, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Your support and involvement are essential to our mission.

At EACH Recovery Matters, we are committed to offering hope, building connections, and nurturing identities to create a brighter and healthier future for all. Together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

EACHa

East Ayrshire Churches Homelessness Action

EACHa is an ecumenical charity, comprising 22 churches, all working together to assist the most marginalised in our community. Our aim is to prevent or reduce homelessness, and to help people achieve a better future. Our motto, Each Person Matters.

Our main activity is Community Friends, a thrice weekly one-stop drop-in, where men and women find food, fun, friendship and access to professional services on the premises. Help is available on housing, mental and physical health, addiction, benefits and debt. Everyone is treated with respect, no-one judged. Community Friends has been suspended for now. We hope to resume soon.

In the summer of 2020, we began Friendly Fresh Start, where we provide, on referral from support workers, essential household items to people moving from temporary to permanent accommodation, and who, for a variety of reasons, do not have the means to purchase these themselves. Again, the aim is to prevent repeat homelessness.

For Enquiries Contact: Emma Wylie Springer, EACHa Project Coordinator, email: [email protected]

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Meet The Team

Steph

Network Service Manager

Steph is a dedicated individual with a remarkable sixteen-year career in the field of recovery. With a wealth of experience, skills, and wisdom, he brings a deep understanding of the challenges faced by those on the path to recovery. Steph is not just a professional but a person in long-term recovery himself. This personal journey has uniquely equipped him to connect with others and provide the kind of support that makes a genuine difference.

His passion for recovery is palpable, and he wholeheartedly embraces the opportunity to create and lead EACH Recovery Matters, drawing upon all his past experiences to build a nurturing and transformative space for those in need.

 

Beyond his work, you’ll often find Steph engaged in another kind of restoration. He’s an avid camper and enjoys tinkering with his campervan, transforming it into a personal sanctuary on wheels. When he’s not on the road, you can catch him at the beach, enjoying the serene company of his faithful four-legged friend. Steph’s commitment to recovery extends beyond his professional life and into the heart of his personal pursuits, reflecting his unwavering dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of others.

Lyndsey

Hub Manager

Lyndsey’s journey with EACH Recovery Matters began at its inception, making her a fundamental part of its development and progress. Her unwavering commitment and dedication have played a pivotal role in shaping the hub into what it is today. Lyndsey made a conscious decision to venture into the field of recovery to support individuals on their personal journeys. Her significant contribution to setting up the hub is a source of immense pride, reflecting her passion for making a real impact on the lives of those seeking recovery.

In her daily role, Lyndsey wears multiple hats, expertly managing our volunteer program, nurturing the recovery college, and overseeing the general operations of the hub. Her invaluable contributions ensure that the hub runs smoothly and effectively, making her an indispensable part of our team.

We often say, “We would be lost without her!” That’s because Lyndsey’s dedication and expertise bring a sense of structure and purpose to everything we do.

Outside of her professional commitments, Lyndsey cherishes the simple joys of life, finding immense happiness in spending quality time with her family and friends. Her warmth and caring nature extend beyond the hub and into her personal life, embodying the spirit of compassion and support that she brings to her work.

Kris

Communications Manager

Kris joined us in August with an impressive background in management. He brings a wealth of experience, having previously served as an Award-Winning Operations Manager within multiple local hotel groups. Kris is also an IT graduate, and he plays a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth functioning of our team. His versatile skills encompass managing the website, social media, branding, and more, keeping us organised and well-connected in the digital realm.

Kris’ journey is deeply personal, as he has lived experience of addiction. This unique perspective fuels his passion for recovery and a strong commitment to breaking down the stigma that often surrounds addiction. His personal experience makes him a relatable and empathetic advocate for those seeking a way forward.

Outside of his professional commitments, Kris is an adventurer at heart. He is an experienced Rescue Diver and often explores shipwrecks beneath the waves, combining his love for exploration with a sense of purpose in helping others. On land, you’ll find Kris embarking on exciting journeys with his son and his loyal Australian Collie, Loki. Kris’ spirit of adventure extends beyond his personal pursuits, making him an invaluable part of our team’s journey towards recovery.

Brendan

Hub Development Officer

Brendan is a graduate of the ADP Peer Worker Program in South Ayrshire bringing a wealth of experience and passion to our team. Brendan has a dedicated commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth. He has a profound understanding of the recovery field, having accrued extensive experience through his dedicated volunteering efforts with Harbour (Ayrshire) and lived experience of addiction giving him a unique perspective and deep empathy for those on a similar journey.


Brendan’s interests extend beyond his professional endeavors. He finds solace and rejuvenation in cold water therapy, a testament to his resilience and adventurous spirit. When he’s not immersed in his work, Brendan enjoys exploring new destinations through travel and cherishing moments with his beloved family.

With Brendan’s expertise and unwavering dedication, we’re proud to have him on board as an integral part of our team, driving positive change and growth within our community.

Ally

Hub Support Worker

Ally’s journey with EACH Recovery Matters is a testament to his unwavering commitment. He transitioned from a dedicated volunteer to a full-time staff member, joining our team in May 2023. Prior to his employment, Ally successfully completed the hub volunteer program over the course of 8 months, demonstrating his dedication to the cause.

Ally radiates enthusiasm about his role at the hub, and he’s truly over the moon to be a part of our team. His passion for recovery and making a positive difference in the lives of others is palpable. Ally’s aspiration is to continue contributing positively to his community and providing invaluable support to individuals on their recovery journey.

Beyond the walls of the hub, Ally has a green thumb and a profound love for gardening. Most evenings, you can find him in one of his family’s gardens, tending to the land and nurturing its growth. His connection to the earth and his commitment to growth and transformation extend from his personal life into his professional pursuits.

 

 

Ann

Hub Support Worker

Ann’s journey is a testament to her dedication. Like Ally, she too successfully completed our volunteer program before joining us in a staff role. Ann’s commitment and hard work have not gone unnoticed, and she’s quickly become a core member of our team.

Ann takes great pride in her progress and the opportunity to support the hub’s activities. Her enthusiasm for our mission shines through her work, making a positive impact on those we serve.

Outside of her professional commitments, Ann enjoys spending quality time with her grandkids, a testament to her caring and nurturing nature. Additionally, she finds solace in gardening after work, allowing her to connect with the tranquility of the earth and further cultivate her passion for growth and transformation.

 

 

James

Hub Support Worker

James’s journey with us began through a justice initiative, where we provided crucial support during a pivotal time in his life. Recognising his potential, we offered him a volunteer position, igniting a spark of opportunity and empowerment. Through our CREW course with Ayrshire College, James expanded his horizons, acquiring new skills and knowledge to navigate his path forward.

James thrived. He seized the chance to join our walking group, New Heights, where he discovered the joys of hill walking and sports. These outdoor activities not only provided exhilarating adventures but also fostered a sense of camaraderie and personal growth.

James’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of support and opportunity. His story inspires us all, reminding us that with dedication and belief, every individual can reach new heights of achievement and fulfillment.

Julie

Hub Support Worker

Julie comes to us from EACHa with a strong background in supporting individuals to reach their full potential, bringing a wealth of knowledge and a heart full of dedication to our team. She is a lifelong learning advocate, and is deeply committed to personal and professional development, ensuring she stays informed of the best practices to support our community effectively. Her journey is marked by dedicated volunteer work and a lived experience that fosters genuine empathy and understanding.

Beyond her role, Julie finds joy and fulfillment in various creative outlets. Whether she’s nurturing her garden, breathing new life into old treasures through restoration and upcycling, or expressing herself through art, Julie’s hobbies reflect her nurturing and imaginative spirit.

With Julie’s unwavering dedication and passion for empowering others, we’re privileged to have her as an integral part of our team, enriching the lives of those we serve every day.

David

Community Peer Worker

David is a vital member of our CREW team, and his mission is to bring hope and support to individuals out in the community. He spends as much time as possible working with those facing difficult situations, providing a helping hand, and guiding them towards the road to recovery. His role is crucial in ensuring that those in need can find hope and the resources to transform their lives.

David’s passion for his work is evident in his commitment to helping people make positive changes. He understands the power of transformation and is dedicated to being a catalyst for those on their recovery journey.

Not only does David make a significant impact professionally, but he also actively participates in various external recovery groups in his personal life. His dedication to helping others extends beyond his role, making him an inspiring example of someone who lives and breathes the spirit of recovery.