Diocese of St Albans
News from The Living Room, St Albans
Biggleswade Deanery Synod Project 2013
We were all delighted that The Deanery had decided to choose The Living Room as their charity of the year in 2013.
Opening its doors in May 2000 and established by Janis Feely MBE, with the support of Churches Together in Stevenage, The Living Room provides structured day treatment for those with addictions and support for the whole family.
Since that time, over two and half thousand people have passed through our doors and many hundreds of people have left free of addiction with the support networks that they need to sustain their recovery.
At The Living Room we have always supported the family and children of those who are in recovery and run an on-
It was in 2011 that one of our ex-
It is our plan to scale these services up at the end of the first year of operations (October 2013) so that we can run two simultaneous groups and better meet the wide variety of addictions faced by our clients and also ensure a five day a week service is available for those with addictions. In our experience therapy is more effective if we can also provide ancillary groups for specific addictions. This foster identification between clients who are able to discuss specific issues in more depth associated with an addiction in more depth.
We will use the funding awarded by The Deanery toward covering the capital costs associated with taking on an extra group counselling room in 2013, which includes group room furniture and resources such as whiteboards.
We would like to thank the deanery for supporting us in this endeavour -
Simon Bloomfield, Funding and Development Manager
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