We offer an enhanced recovery programme that includes the following activities.
- Key working
- Individual ITEP recovery plans: designed and supported by the service user and his dedicated Recovery Integration Worker, who follows him up throughout his stay and helps plan his move on and reintegration into the community.
- Daily and weekly contract: the service user defines his own objectives every day and every week and reviews how well he has achieved them with a peer group. Taking control in this way and working with others speeds up the pace of recovery.
- Therapeutic workers cover 6 days a week 9am–7pm to maximise recovery interventions while Recovery Integration Workers cover 7 days a week 9am-10pm providing recovery and reintegration opportunities especially through the occupational, vocational and educational activities available on our 15 acre site, such as gardening and computer training.
- Workshops: including
- Attachment and loss: because they are common root causes or contributors to substance misuse.
- Moving forward: involving service users in thinking about where they will be in 3 months, 6 months, a year’s time. Putting recovery and reintegration at the heart of their time with us
- Relationships in recovery: because relationships are a key part of someone’s life, they are also essential in successful recovery. Using the dynamics identified in the day to day living of our service users provides valuable insight into how they are in relationships and what they may need to change to keep their relationships healthy; thus reducing the risk of relapse.
- Self-defeating patterns: identifying how service users may repeat old ways of behaving because they are still carrying old beliefs and ways of being which they respond to in historical and unhealthy ways. Recognising how they defeat their own healthy drives is a key building block to promoting self belief and aspirations.
- Counselling: is available to those who need to address personal issues that cannot be addressed in a group.
- Occupational, vocational and educational activities: basic literacy and numeracy, computer training and garden work. There is also the possibility for a computer qualification (see below – CLAiT).
- Life skills: budgeting, healthy eating, personal hygiene, communication skills, social skills, building self esteem/confidence, anger management, building healthy relationships, and stress/anxiety management.
- Recreation and active encouragement of appropriate hobbies and leisure activities, as part of a balanced lifestyle.
- Moving on and reintegration: we provide support in all aspects of moving on to ensure sustained recovery.
Family members provide a support system and it’s important that the person in recovery, their partner, family and their close relations fully understand each other’s role. Kenward Family Services can also help the family members or close friends even if there is currently a relationship breakdown. Find out more here.
Certificate/Diploma for IT Users Level 1 (New CLAiT)
At Kenward House (and at The Malthouse), residents are offered the opportunity to develop computer skills, and to work towards the New CLAiT (part of ITQ) qualification. This is a renowned qualification and the skills gained will equip learners with the basic range of transferable skills necessary to meet the demands of the modern workplace.
Sample Weekly Timetable
Staffing, Accommodation and Meals
The programme runs Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm with some activities over the evening and weekend. Staff presence is assured 24 hours by Recovery Workers and Night Workers.
There are 31 beds, mainly single bedrooms with ensuite (22 rooms). The work and living areas include:
- Group room
- Art and crafts room
- Quiet room
- Counselling room
- Two T.V. lounges
- Computer area (no internet access)
- Patio and smoking area
- Large vegetable garden and polytunnels
All meals are provided and special dietary requirements are accommodated.
What happens after Kenward House?
Your move on and reintegration options will be explored during your time at Kenward House, and one of them may be to continue with your recovery within the Kenward Trust’s services.
Firstly, we offer a continued structured recovery programme at The Malthouse in Uckfield, for those who would benefit from further structure and support.
Secondly, there is the option to join one of our supported housing projects. These move on houses offer regular support and you can stay up to 2 years while you remain abstinent and plan your new life, train or volunteer to gain skills, and benefit from peer support within the move on house and through local AA/NA meetings. Men have a choice of three locations: Maidstone, Southborough and Gravesend.
If you go back home or move on outside of our services, equipped to continue your recovery with what you have learnt during your programme, we are still at the end of a phone ready to offer informal support. We regularly welcome back ‘graduates’ who come and talk to current residents, which benefits everyone. And we encourage ‘graduates’ to tell us how they are doing – we receive many positive stories of lives transformed.
Here is a brief overview of our after care in this short extract from our film.
You can view all our films here.