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Charity (no. 1133138)


"Providing support to those affected by another persons drug or alcohol misuse"

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

We are Hetty's and we were originally set up by a voluntary group of mothers in 1996, who themselves had suffered the pain and heartache of being affected by another ones drug misuse. We offer confidential support to those affected by a loved ones alcohol or drug misuse. We offer this support as it can be very difficult to see a loved one misuse alcohol or drugs, and it can be hard knowing what to do. We offer this service to help support these people through their hardships and show them that they are not alone in this situation.

Our Services Are

Free Subsidised Donation Appreciated

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What We Do

We offer confidential support to those affected by another persons drug or alcohol misuse. We offer many schemes, including a helpline from 9:00AM to 7:00PM, every day. We also offer support in the following ways:

One to one sessions - Families are able to access individual support within their home, local Recovery Centre or alternative venue. All families will be entitled to an assessment so the Family Recovery Worker will be able to offer you the most appropriate support. The worker will usually see you on a fortnightly basis which is then reviewed at 12 weeks to ensure we are giving you the right support at the right time. Hetty’s aim to give you flexible and responsive support that will help you make sense of your situation and move forward. The workers are very skilled and have a wide knowledge base as well as personal experience.

Group Support - Families are offered group support with others who are also affected by someone else's drug or alcohol use. The groups are facilitated by a qualified and empathetic worker or volunteer who may have personal experience of these issues. We also offer short interactive focused groups around building confidence, assertiveness, understanding addiction and the effects of drug/alcohol use.

Criminal justice work - Hetty's works in partnership with local prisons delivering structured sessions to prisoners attending Drug Treatment Programs. The aim of the session is to encourage discussion around responsibility for the breakdown of family relationships and how family members may have been affected by their substance misuse. We give prisoners the opportunity during the session to refer their family to Hetty’s for support. Hetty’s also works in partnership with Nottinghamshire Probation services to deliver a 3 week course to offenders who have substance misuse problems.

Kinship care -  The term 'kinship' care describes a type of care and living arrangement for a child who has to live away from his or her parental home, and is cared for full-time by a member of the child's extended family or friend. A kinship care arrangement is one either initiated by a local authority or via a relative or friend, and could involve some sort of assistance or arrangement, including making decisions about legal orders, financial and social work support.

Mentoring/ Peer support - This covers a range of supportive and purposeful activity involving the development of a relationship in which one person, who is not family or a close friend, gives time to support and encourage another. A matching process takes place to ensure you get the right person to be there for you.

Mediation - Hetty’s offers an innovative addition to their existing service delivery, by offering mediation sessions to service users and their families.  Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process in which people who are in conflict, work together on their own solutions with the impartial guidance of the mediators.

Complementary therapies - Hetty's offers a wide range subsidised, complementary therapy sessions  to our clients, this is to aid relaxation, promote health and well being and aid support and recovery. These can include, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Colour therapy, Swedish body massage, Hopi ear candles, Vibration sound therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique and Reflexology.

Please visit our website for further details about all of these avenues of help.

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You can help by volunteering in a number of ways, this includes:

  • Networking in the local community
  • Leafleting
  • Office work- general admin, filing, shredding, mail outs
  • Tea and coffee making
  • Supporting staff at community events, stands etc
  • Supporting group workers
  • Helping with presentations in the community
  • Telephone support-line work
  • Supporting in one to one sessions in peoples homes
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Mentoring / Befriending
  • Supporting in mediation sessions

An application form can be found on our website!

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