At Double Impact, we are proud to see the impact of our services every day as the individuals we support begin to fulfil their enormous potential in the community. As they rebuild the parts of their lives devastated by substance misuse issues, we see our service users break out of the cycle from addiction to deliver their own positive impact on the people and places around them.


Our service users are at the heart of everything we do, and the most important test of whether we are getting things right is in seeing their successes and hearing their stories.

Learning to deal with my problems gives me a sense of accomplishment and makes me happier. Free gym keeps me fit and has a knock on effect to my mental health.

In the year ending December 2014, 59% of people completing their recovery plans with us in Nottingham city centre were abstinent from drugs/alcohol.

In its first nine months, our Recovery Recruitment programme, a lottery-funded project, worked with 49 individuals. Among these, 24 found paid employment and 35 engaged in work-related training and/or education, while 32 experienced an increase in their personal and financial independence through the support of the service.

(It) gave me the confidence to apply for a Team Leader role, which I would not have done without the support from Recovery Recruitment. Basically someone believed in me and taught me to believe in myself.

Meanwhile, our Double Impact Recovery Academies in Nottingham and Mansfield create opportunities for people whose alcohol or drug dependency has limited access to education and training. Based on a ‘5 ways to wellbeing model’, individuals are empowered to connect with others, be active in their community, take notice of their development , learn new skills and approaches and give back to society.


Double Impact believes that effective, long-term recovery takes place within the community. Our services act as supportive pathways that connect people with the wider recovery community, encouraging individuals to develop their own support networks.

Through this, many choose to give something back to our services through mentoring, volunteering and involvement in recovery groups and events, which empowers them to create lasting assets for their own and others’ recoveries.

Café Sobar, an alcohol-free bar and venue in Nottingham city centre set up with the support of a Big Lottery Grant, provides a welcoming space for service users, their family and friends and the wider public, as well as training and employment opportunities for people in recovery.

I feel safe and comfortable on entering – [and even] as someone who struggles socially I have always ended up having a conversation with someone: a miracle!

Attracting people from across the East Midlands, Café Sobar’s regular social gatherings for recovering people and their loved ones helped over 40 individuals to reduce their social isolation and the associated risk of relapse in 2014.

Check out some recent reports and hear from the individuals who matter about the impact we have on individuals and communities.

Our success in inspiring change and positive choice through our drug and alcohol services was recognised at the 2016 Nottingham Post Business awards, where Double Impact was named winner in the not-for-profit category.

Meanwhile, our latest Social Return on Investment report showed that for every £1 invested in Double Impact, the minimum benefits to society equal £4.02. For some of our services this can be as high as £7, well above the national average for drug services of £2.50 per £1 invested.

This independent report (available on our reports page) confirmed that Double Impact service users were able to:

  • Maintain abstinence from problematic substance misuse
  • Avoid substance misuse-related crime and related anti-social behaviour
  • Pursue job-related training and and employment and gain qualifications
  • Improve their physical and mental health
  • Improve relationships with peers, partners, parents and children, and
  • Actively participate in recovery communities
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