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TheMatthewProjectimage750The Matthew Project moves into Norwich Recovery Hub 

This week The Matthew Project relocated their Head Office to their newly purchased property on Oak Street, where the charity plan to establish a Norwich Recovery Hub with strong community recovery support and access to training and enterprise.

The Matthew Project’s vision to create a new Norwich Recovery Hub began to take shape this week as their support team and main office staff moved into the building that will become the recovery centre.  The charity has purchased the property at 70-80 Oak Street close to Norwich city centre.

The charity has identified a need to provide a place for people who often have nowhere to go when they enter recovery after treatment in Norwich and across Norfolk.  This includes people struggling with complex needs such as alcohol dependency, drug taking and the related causes of mental health, trauma, loneliness or poverty.

Paul Martin, CEO of The Matthew Project said: “In Norwich and nearby there are a large proportion of people with these needs resulting in our successful bid for government funding to purchase and refurbish a building in Norwich itself.”

“The vision for this Norwich Hub is of a welcoming place to build new friendships in a community with peer mentors and other volunteers to provide support, skills training and grow enterprise.”

Paul continued: “We will also be able to host events such as music nights, or food taster sessions, drop-ins, advice sessions, essential qualifications, art groups and exhibitions to also give back to the local community of Norwich.”

From October The Matthew Project’s Recovery Support Programme will relocate to the Oak Street premises.  This programme provides people in recovery with training on healthy eating and lifestyle, money management, friendship, arts and activities outdoors.

The centre will also now house the charity’s On Track project, which helps 18-24 year olds get into work and training, and Outside the Wire, which offers confidential advice and support to current and ex-HM Forces personnel and their families around alcohol and drug use and other personal issues.

The Matthew Project’s Unity services, which talks to young people about drugs and alcohol remain unchanged across Norfolk with staff continuing to see people at the normal and varied locations across the region.

Today (Thursday, September 27) the Matthew Project will hold their 'Light in Darkness' service to remember those lost or suffering from alcohol or drug addiction. Everyone is welcome at the service in Norwich Cathedral from 7.30pm. Please arrive through the South Transept. 

For any advice on drug or alcohol addiction, or for further information on these services, please contact The Matthew Project on 01603 626 123, or send an email to

The new address is The Matthew Project, 70-80 Oak Street, Norwich, NR3 3AQ.

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