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Next Steps

A welcoming and vibrant place for people in recovery from substance misuse, building community, support and skills.

The Matthew Project, in partnership with Public Health England and Norfolk County Council, received funding to open the Next Steps Recovery Centre, a welcoming and vibrant place, to build community, support and skills for people in recovery from substance misuse and children affected by it. 

This Recovery Centre is the first of its kind in Norfolk, addressing a huge unmet need in the County. 


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The Recovery Support Programme

The Recovery Support Programme is currently being run from the new centre and provides a programme of activities and support to those in recovery from addiction.

This programme is funded by Public Health Norfolk County Council, and aims at increasing self-esteem, and building new skills and social networks.

You made the first step. Let us help you take the Next Steps.

"The Recovery Support Programme has provided me with the coping mechanisms to maintain sobriety, teaching me self-care and worth. To strive for and achieve my goals.”


Recovery Support Programme member

"The biggest risk to recovery is isolation. There is an absolute need for a centre like this.”  

Graeme Malcolm,

Services Manager

CGL Norfolk

Adult Substance Misuse Service.

What does the Recovery Support Programme offer? 

Skills, Education, Training

Qualifications, art groups, goal setting and achievement, personal challenges, digital skills, recovery champion training, volunteer training.


Canoeing, archery, climbing wall, music workshop, visits to leisure centres,  walking groups, jam sessions. 

Building Social Skills/Networks

Mutual aid, peer support, connection to communities, group therapy, social events, outdoor activities, a place to belong.


Recovery seminars, participating in recovery forums, event planning, practical support with forms, CV writing, creative workshops, role play/drama therapy, communication skills.

2020 Winner in the Build Architecture Awards!

In 2020, our stunning Next Steps Recovery Centre based in Norwich, won two prestigious awards. Best Contemporary Commercial Refurbishment - Anglia and Best Completed Charity Architecture Project England. You only have to step inside to understand why!

Designed by one of our regions up and coming contemporary studios, Cannon & Clarke Architects, this former calorie testing lab has been turned into a warm, safe and welcoming space for the community to use.

The building boasts a café, commercial kitchen, cosy mezzanine, communal space, PC suite, art room, exercise studio, woodwork studio, counselling rooms, utility area and office. The Matthew Project are incredibly proud and grateful to be able to make use of such an amazing and inspirational space.

If you'd like more information about the centre or are interested in supporting us, please email [email protected]

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