The Well

| Helen Sharp

The visible recovery of one person creates a domino effect within groups and communities. When someone manages to break free from addiction they motivate and inspire others to do the same  

David Higham

The Well was created around the vision of one man – David Higham – who wanted to build a sanctuary for people affected by drugs and alcohol which provided something different to traditional services. He believed that long-term abstinence could be achieved if it was practiced within a supportive environment.

Fast forward a few years and The Well now has hubs in five sites in North Lancashire and Cumbria with 800 members and growing.

Their ethos focuses on building long lasting relationships with individuals and communities so they are able to support someone for as long as they need. This means that members are able to build lasting friendships and feel part of a thriving community. Members are also encouraged to get involved and connect with their own communities through voluntary work or peer support which gives them a sense of belonging and an opportunity to contribute.

Members and family are central to the design and delivery of all aspects of The Well’s services and some of the activities include a football team, recovery coaching, fundraising, poetry and writing classes, sewing, knitting and art. Recently they set up a monthly church service at their Morecambe hub, reflecting the importance of faith to many of the members. They also encourage and support the development of social enterprises, both to raise money for The Well as well as offering paid work to members and training and development opportunities. This year they set up ‘Well-fed’ a local catering business and they plan to develop ‘Maintained Well’ – a repairs and maintenance service.

We’ll be interviewing David over the coming weeks and you can check out The Well on their website.

The Well is a loving family which will carry you until you can do it yourself  

Ann Johnson – member

Photo by J W

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