Suffolk Drug and Alcohol Recovery Network

Hello and welcome to our webpage dedicated entirely to the Drug and Alcohol Recovery  Network in Suffolk, including information about the Recovery Network Forums, the  Recovery Grant Scheme and recovery news in general. If you would like anything shared on this page, then please get in touch with Fran at fran.catchpole@suffolk.gov.uk


 'Everyone can recover
 Not everyone will
 We don't know who
 We don't know when
 But we will give everyone every chance'

 - Adapted quote from Mark Gilman, Public Health England


What is 'Recovery'? 

There are many different definitions of recovery available and each person's recovery journey is unique. Essentially recovery is freedom from drug and/ or alcohol dependency and every step taken to gain that freedom and keep it. This can include drug and alcohol treatment services, counselling and group activities, gaining training and employment, and building social networks. 


Suffolk Drug and Alcohol Recovery Network Forums

Suffolk has a large and varied recovery community, there are many treatment and support services across the county with a willingness to work together to help as many people recover as possible. 

The Suffolk Drug and Alcohol Recovery Network Forums are held three times a year and are an opportunity for professionals working with anyone with drug and alcohol dependency or in recovery, to network, share good practice and provide updates about the services available. 

The Suffolk Dual Diagnosis Forum was merged into the Suffolk Drug and Alcohol Recovery Network Forum in 2018. Dual Diagnosis is raised alongside communication between organisations as a priority for the Recovery Network to focus their attention on so merging the two forums and both groups of expertise seemed like a logical step.

The forums are managed by Fran Catchpole, who works with the drug and alcohol treatment commissioners to provide the link between Public Health and service providers, wider partners and local communities for drug and alcohol recovery. Fran is responsible for coordinating the recovery forum events, and the Recovery Grant Scheme, and developing projects to ensure the best possible recovery journey for drug and alcohol clients. 

If you would like to be part of the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Network forum mailing list to receive up to date recovery news and invitations to attend the forums then please contact fran.catchpole@suffolk.gov.uk or call 01473 260777

 Forum Dates

The next Suffolk Drug and Alcohol Recovery Network forum meetings will take place in January 2022. If you are a professional working in any capacity with people with or in recovery from drug and alcohol and mental health issues and would like to be sent information about the forums once dates and venues have been finalised, please contact fran.catchpole@suffolk.gov.uk for the meeting link. 

Forum Terms of Reference and Chair Arrangements

The Suffolk Recovery Network Forum Terms of Reference were last agreed in November 2020 and will be revised and updated as necessary annually. Robin Pivett, Controlled Drug Liaison officer for Suffolk Police is Chair of each of the three locality forums. Chair arrangements will be reviewed annually as per the Terms of Reference. Please contact fran.catchpole@suffolk.gov.uk for a copy of the current Terms of Reference. 


Recovery Grant Scheme

The Recovery Grant Scheme has secured funding to continue in 2020/21. For more information about the scheme visit the Recovery Grant Scheme web page or contact fran.catchpole@suffolk.gov.uk. The Recovery Grant Scheme Panel meet quarterly to discuss applications and the panel meeting dates for the forthcoming year have been set as follows:

  • Monday the 29th of March 2021

Drug Alert List

Everyone on the Drug and Alcohol Network Forums email distribution lists for all areas will be added to our Drug Alert List to receive communications with information that can help keep people safe in Suffolk and neighbouring counties to disseminate to services and service users. If you would like to opt out of receiving these alerts, please contact fran.catchpole@suffolk.gov.uk Please note that if you are already receiving the alerts, your information will not be duplicated on the list.


Suffolk Recovery Network Forum Distribution List 

We would really like to expand the forum membership to make sure we are reaching as many people with an interest in Recovery in Suffolk as possible. You do not have to attend the forums to be on the list to receive communications. Please share this webpage with anyone who might be interested in being added and ask them to contact fran.catchpole@suffolk.gov.uk if they would like to subscribe to updates and network news.


Further Information