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Bridge is a substance misuse programme based in Northampton but working throughout the county.

For its mentoring programme, Bridge recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who have had drug or alcohol problems themselves, or close contact with people who have. They act as mentors or support workers to clients with drug or alcohol problems. The aim is to help Bridge members deal with their substance misuse by providing practical support in relation to social aspects which impact negatively on their lives.

As well as offering members the opportunity to engage with a mentor, we have developed, and constantly review, a programme of physical and other activities that are available to members. In addittion we offer members assistance with education, training and/or employment and housing issues. Members can benefit from all the services Bridge provides or choose those that would be most beneficial (either alongside or independent of a mentoring relationship).

Members must be at least 18 years of age and have, or have had, a problem with alcohol or drugs. They will also have some motivation to control, reduce or cease their drug/alcohol use and benefit from the support and encouragement of volunteers who have direct experience. Volunteers are trained for their role and fill an important and sensitive position.

We are primarily funded by Northamptonshire County Council.


Bridge Substance Misuse Programme Ltd is a Social Enterprise, company registered number 06221493.
Registered office 63c Gold Street, Northampton, NN1 1RA.