The Malthouse Project

The Malthouse is a very unique project for up to 8 men who have completed a suitable recovery programme and recognise that they would benefit from further support within a structured residential setting.

The Malthouse is situated in the town of Uckfield in East Sussex. It offers good access to local amenities and strong community links.

This is an ideal place for reintegration into the community and the pursuit of meaningful activities, with low risk compared to a high-density urban environment.

We provide critical support at the right pace to ensure that Residents avoid relapse and are able to gain the skills and confidence essential for planning their future independence and reintegration.

There are two meetings of AA in Uckfield and there is a frequent bus service to Brighton, where there are many AA, NA, and CA meetings. There is a local adult education college, a swimming pool/gym, a cinema and the vast Ashdown forest is close by.

The Malthouse programme incorporates:

  • Key working
  • Individually tailored recovery plans for all residents
  • Personal counselling
  • Group work:
    • Start and share group each day that includes a daily check-in
    • Life skills: weekly group looking at continued development of self esteem, assertiveness, relationship issues, managing anger and stress etc.
    • 12 Steps: teaching and experiential
    • Relapse prevention: weekly
    • Relapse prevention: encouragement to maintain and develop strategies learned through previous recovery programmes and attend AA/NA meetings
  • Education and training:
    • Opportunity to improve skills in literacy, numeracy and IT, with the possibility of obtaining CLAiT qualification (see below for details)
    • Encouragement to undertake study, with a view to improving self esteem and employment prospects e.g. at local colleges
  • Life skills:
    • Encouragement to live in a supportive and mutually beneficial way with other residents. There is a weekly here and now group, where any current issue can be discussed
    • Advice on diet and health issues. Encouragement to attend local gym or other leisure/sport activities
  • Assistance with managing personal finances and budgeting
  • Work therapy, where we encourage volunteering and other meaningful activities in the local community
  • Social and leisure activities on an occasional basis, including days out, quiz evenings, bowling trips etc.
  • Creative therapy and personal development with the opportunity to try art, crafts and creative writing
  • Optional Christian basics group that offers an opportunity for spiritual reflection.

Certificate/Diploma for IT Users Level 1 (New CLAiT)

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.

The Malthouse has the following facilities:

  • 8 single bedrooms
  • Group room
  • Counselling rooms
  • Computer training room
  • TV lounge
  • Dining room (residents prepare their own meals)
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Craft room
  • Wood workshop
  • Large garden
  • Short walk to town centre

After the Malthouse

Support staff will help you explore your Move On and reintegration options. One of them may be to continue with your recovery within the Kenward Trust’s services.

There is the option to join one of our supported housing projects. These Move On houses offer regular support. You can stay up to 2 years while you remain abstinent and plan your new life, train or volunteer to gain skills. You will also 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.

Returning home or to other accommodation outside of our services

Equipped to continue your recovery with what you have learnt during your programme, we will always be happy to continue to offer informal support over the telephone or if you wish to make a return visit. We regularly welcome back ‘Recovery Graduates’ who come and talk to current residents, which benefits everyone.  We encourage Recovery Graduates to tell us how they are doing – indeed we receive many positive stories of lives that have been transformed.

Admissions & Enquiries

To apply for any of our projects, please download and fill in the appropriate forms, or follow the links to apply online. Acceptance is subject to interview and risk/needs assessment. We are able to travel to meet you to do this.

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01622 814187

For residenital services, or for weekend enquiries please call 01622 812603