CGL Aspire – Recovery Service

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Aspire, part of 'Change Grow Live', is a Peterborough-based drug and alcohol treatment service, available if you need support yourself or if you are affected by others using drugs or alcohol.

Neil introduces Aspire:

Aspire is here to help with life’s challenges such as problems with drinking or drugs, or if you’re just looking to live a happier and healthier life.

If you are concerned about something and don’t know what steps to take, Aspire have lots of advice and information that can help, plus a support group.

They understand everybody’s experience is different and personalise your support.

‘This place really turned my life around. Not just with drugs and alcohol, but they also taught me to cook and even to read and write! I’ve started college courses now.’ Service user

What to expect

From an unassuming front door, the reception area is a warm and colourfully-painted area with inspirational writings by service users. Compassionate and understanding staff greet you at reception. You can have an assessment, or just talk to someone about what is going on in your life and work with them to figure out what support would best help you.

More information

Aspire works with people around substance use but also much more, to help people to recover and rebuild healthier aspects of their lives in safe, small groups. Lots of the staff have lived experience of substance use and recovery. Examples of group activities include:

  • art and crafts
  • physical activities like swimming and exercise
  • acupuncture
  • mindfulness
  • movie and book clubs
  • cooking classes
  • and more…

There is also a group for impacted family members called Butterflies, which meet for mutual support.

Aspire’s services are open access, and free to those who need them:

  • drop in when you need support (Bridge Street office)
  • telephone-based support if you prefer (including out of hours, ring either number on the left)
  • needle exchange
  • Naloxone prescriptions
  • group sessions and activities listed above

There is a satellite office in Bretton; in-person visits are available by appointment – call or email to arrange this.

There are also peer support (mutual aid) groups that run in the Bridge Street building, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Contact those groups direct to find out about attending (the names are linked to their pages for contact information).

Volunteer for Aspire

Dependable and responsible volunteers and peer mentors are always welcome. You don’t need to have experience with drug or alcohol issues, there are a range of roles available. Contact Aspire via the phone numbers or email given, and ask to speak to the BRIC (Building Recovery in Communities) lead.

This is Dorothea, a former service user who began painting to help with her recovery. Over the last five years she has helped transform the rooms into colourful, fun, and welcoming spaces.

Wall painted with balloons and a tree

Walking into Aspire’s colourful reception:

How to contact

Where to go

102 - 104 Bridge St
Peterborough PE1 1DY

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