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CLEAR: Community Lived Experience for Alcohol & drugs Recovery

CLEAR is a Midlothian peer support project for people who experience drug or alcohol problems and mental health difficulties. You would work with experienced volunteers who have had addictions and mental health problems themselves and they would support you while you are still going through these challenges.

CLEAR is based at Health in Mind’s Orchard Centre Services in Bonnyrigg and is funded by Mid and East Lothian Drug and Alcohol Partnership (MELDAP).

Who can use the project?

To join the CLEAR project you will need to:
• Be 18 years of age of over
• Live in Midlothian
• Have or be in recovery from a drug or alcohol problem
• Be willing to work to explore ways of improving your mental wellbeing and wellbeing.
CLEAR is open to all people, no matter their gender, ethnicity, sexuality, faith or beliefs.

How do I become involved?

You can refer yourself to the project or be referred by any agency. A project worker will then arrange to meet with you to discuss CLEAR, how it might benefit you and how to register to use the service.

Services offered

Peer Support Service

We would offer you one-to-one support in the community from a peer support volunteer. Our trained peer support volunteers are all people who have experienced substance misuse and mental health difficulties themselves, but they’ve moved on and have been in recovery for a number of years.

The aim is to build your confidence and self-esteem, giving you the sense that you’re not alone and enabling you to make positive steps in your own life.  This could be just a chat over a cup of coffee in a café, going for a walk or taking part in an activity together. It’s an informal, non-medical approach to support and lasts for up to 8 months.

The Monday Drop-in

It’s an open, friendly drop-in focusing on activities, socialising and informal discussions around addiction and mental wellbeing. It takes place in Bonnyrigg and supports people in their recovery from substance misuse and towards positive mental wellbeing. It runs on Monday afternoons from 1pm – 3pm in the Community Room at the Lasswade Centre, Eskdale Drive, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian EH19 2LA.

The Lost Gardeners

This weekly gardening and conservation group provides an opportunity to contribute to the restoration of Penicuik’s Lost Walled Garden and the garden’s community Food Project whilst socialising and enjoying the benefits of the great outdoors.

Lunch, equipment and transport from Bonnyrigg are provided.

You can read our most recent CLEAR Report or for more information, contact the Orchard Centre directly on 0131 663 1616 or email us.