Trustee Week - Spotlight on Lorie Lain-Rogers

Lorie started off her career as a school woodwork teacher, before going on to set up her own furniture making business. Over the 25 years of running the business, Lorie restored antique furniture and made traditional furniture pieces. For the last 4 years she has been working on turning a 17th century agricultural barn into a home.

After retiring from business, Lorie set up Seven C's with James Mattless, a community project to provide men and women in recovery with meaningful activities, such as decorating flats for people with disabilities and working on a number of local churches. Seven C's then received funding for a premises so that with the help of volunteers they were able to run group sessions teaching woodwork, electrics, gardening and cycle maintenance, as well as taking people out on walking and cycling trips.

The Matthew Project subsequently took on the running of Seven C's at the same time as Lorie became one of our Trustees.   With experience as an affected other, and a lifetime's experience of dealing with men and women in addiction, Lorie has been vital in supporting the Matthew Project. She is now able to offer our charity, and those in recovery, her practical expertise and gardening skills in our allotment. Lorie is also hugely involved in the development of our new Norwich Recovery Hub, with the hope of supporting woodwork and gardening activities for our future service users. 


  • A telephone helpline for everyone within Norfolk & Suffolk who need support or have questions on drugs and alcohol.
  • Dynamic education so young people understand the risks of drugs and alcohol.
  • Free, confidential help.
  • Honest, accurate and appropriate information.
  • Support for parents and families of drug or alcohol users.

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