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Aftercare - the next step...

This page is for those who have had a drug or alcohol addiction and are now clean, sober or getting there!

So, now you are getting settled and thinking about moving on from your old lifestyle? You have had treatment for drug or alcohol addiction in the borough, and you are looking to go into: 

  • Improving your basic skills

  • Education

  • Training

  • Volunteering      

  • Employment

  • Working in the drug and alcohol field

  • Spending your leisure time without using drugs and or alcohol

  • We have agencies working in Islington that can help you to follow your chosen path.

If you would like to improve your skills or you are not sure, why not try these places:

Cranstoun Drug and Alcohol Services

Change and Recovery @28b are working with Islington Adult and Community Learning offering basic literacy, numeracy classes (including dyslexia support), IT classes, a job club and intuitive recovery courses. Courses are all delivered by Adult Education tutors and specialist professionals.

The project is aimed at improving the ability of those affected by drug and alcohol problems to access and be retained in education and learning. All courses are free for those in receipt of the majority of benefits, and on completion you will receive a certificate and the opportunity to progress further.

Change and Recovery @28b offer education, training and employment (ETE) exploring your goals and aims. Areas such as college courses, training, CV’s, jobs, voluntary work and essential life skills are explored. Voluntary Action Islington is available on a weekly basis to assist clients with accessing volunteer opportunities within Islington.

If you require any further information on ETE and the learning centre please contact Anita Backory by email at abackory@cranstoun.org.uk or by telephone on 020 7923 8010.

Single Homeless Project Aftercare Service

The service aims to help clients’ access education, training and employment opportunities - including accredited qualifications and work placements.

They have just been commissioned in Islington to provide a similar service to the one they run in Camden. Read more on the SHP website.

If your skills and learning is up to date then these places can assist you into employment:

Job centres and the Department of Work and Pensions

There are lots of new developments and courses you can take part in if you are on benefits. Plus the rules have changed around volunteering and you can use this as a valid route into employment (as long as you are still available for work).

Visit the DWP website for more information on benefits and volunteering.

Best scheme

Reducing unemployment in Islington is a key priority for the council. The Business Employment Support Team is here to improve the employment prospects of Islington residents. More info can be found on the BEST webpages.

The Next Project

This is for those who want to go into drug and alcohol work and or work with those complex needs such as mental health, learning difficulties and or physical disabilities. Contact Kate Langan (details below) if you have recently been in treatment in Islington and want to move into the field yourself, or visit the Addaction website for more information.

Moving forward

Don't forget to check out our local colleges and libraries for a whole range of other options.

Remember to keep yourself busy and happy. Try old pursuits you liked, or maybe try new things...  

Islington has lots to do that you can try for free or a small cost, whether it is sports, arts or wildlife spotting. Visit the Leisure and Nature pages to find out more.

If you have a hobby or you would like to try something new, check out websites like Time Out

Help is available if you need to talk through any issues you may be experiencing through the following services.

Camden and Islintgton NHS Foundation Trust

Carers Support Organisations

You could also try Eagle Recovery, a drug and alcohol free club run by people who have been there themselves.

Or perhaps you would like meet up with people in the same position as yourself at

The world's your oyster! Go for it!

Natalie Soffer

Commissioning Officer - Substance Misuse

Tel: 020 7527 8134

Email: natalie.soffer@islington.gov.uk  


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