"The carers group has got us through some of the most difficult times of our lives"

About: Ashley House / Recovery service

(as a carer),

I have been a carer for my partner for the last 4+ years. He is under the care of Ashley House in Widnes. It is a Drug andd Alcohol Abuse Centre; but it not about the care he has recieved, it is about the care I as his carer has recieved.

I first attended The Carers Group about 4-5 years ago, and I can honestly say it has saved my life. It was firstly run by Arch Initiatives and has since had involvement from many people. They are all truly life savers.

We all meet once a week, Tuesday, and share our thoughts etc. We who attend support each other in a way that only carers of addicts know how. I could write for days about who and how this group has helped, but suffice to say it has got us through some of the most difficult times of our lives. Nothing is too much trouble for the group leader and the rest of the team despite them having really busy schedules. Recently, Arch Initiatives has been replaced by CRI and we have found the service to be even better and more organised with definite outcomes in place.

Not only do we meet regularly, but the group leader fights tooth and nail to access funding for meals out for care-worn carers.

I have written this in small appreciation for all that Ashley House, the people running the carers group and the carers themselves who work tirelessly (sometimes with little thanks) to help us get through the days ahead.

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Response from Nicola Guthrie, Halton Integrated Recovery Service Manager, CRI

Hi mummy slipper,

Thank you for your kind words, I’m pleased that the support we have been able to offer has helped. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who attend the carers group for the support, and inspiration they provide. It’s a group that is endlessly positive and optimistic.

I am sure your post will resonate with many and I would like to encourage them if they are not already in touch with Ashley House to take that step – I can assure you the welcome will be warm.

I’m really looking forward to the forthcoming DVD that the group is working on.

Many thanks


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