Friday 11 May 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the charity.  The anniversary provides a great opportunity to celebrate what has been achieved during that time and to reflect on what still needs to change – including the ongoing need to break down stigma around drug and alcohol addiction.

Double Impact was the brainchild of a former addict who recognised the need for support around education and housing for people trying to recover (hence the ‘double impact’ of the name), and has grown to deliver services in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.  It also runs a social enterprise, Café Sobar, which provides work experience and a safe place to socialise for people in recovery.

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Visit our timeline to find out more about our history.


Our CEO Graham Miller has been with the charity since Day One, and for our  20th birthday year, has undertaken a huge personal challenge to run 20 half-marathons to raise awareness of Double Impact’s work and to break down stigma around addictions.

This amazing effort will culminate with him running the Robin Hood Half-Marathon on 28th September 2018.  We are looking for 20 (or more!) superheroes who are prepared to run with him and raise funds for the charity.


Don’t worry –  we won’t ask you to dress up unless you really want to, however we will supply a Double Impact race t-shirt and help you set up a fundraising page. Up for it?  Please e-mail

If you would like to find out more about Graham’s 20th anniversary fundraising campaign please click here.


You can keep up to date with Graham’s running challenge on at @DI_Runs  or read his latest blog here.


As part of Double Impact’s birthday celebrations, the 20th Anniversary Spirit of Recovery Awards took place at Nottingham’s magnificent Park Plaza Hotel. This event represented a special opportunity to highlight the incredible work that goes on to support recovery from addiction in services and in our local communities. Thank you to our partners and friends of recovery who helped make it all happen.

The Spirit of Recovery Awards celebrated some of the incredible personal achievements realised by people in recovery at the same time as honouring the amazing work which goes on within our own and other services.  The event also gave the opportunity to reflect on the growth of the charity and share some key moments from its history.  For more info about this please visit our Timeline pages.

Awards were presented in the following categories: Volunteer Of The Year, Mentor Of The Year, Employment Champion, Creative Recovery, Recovery Team, Community Champion, Partnership Award, Exceptional Recovery Worker, Extraordinary Achievement, Going the Extra Mile and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information about the awards and winners, click here to read the full story.


If you would like to make a donation to support Double Impact’s work please click here.

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