Active Choices

Active Choices is a healthy lifestyle and behavioural change programme which helps people who have struggled with substance misuse issues.

The programme works with referrals from Derby Drug and Alcohol Services as well as offering closed group support with partners such as YMCA, Phoenix Futures, Jericho House and Studio House – which then link in with the wider community programme.

Delivery has been extended into Derbyshire and there are now hubs in Swadlincote, Ripley and Ilkeston too.

It has helped over 1,000 people with substance misuse issues to turn their lives around, which has given them the opportunity to receive one-to-one support and take part in worthwhile activities at a critical point in their recovery. Activities include:

  • Gym
  • Social football
  • Circuits
  • Boxing
  • Swimming
  • Representing Derby County at regional and national football tournaments
  • Walking group
  • Sporting qualifications
  • Monthly community meal

The programme has been instrumental in Derby successfully improving the number of drug-free exits from treatment services through a personalised plan that introduces structured and meaningful activities into individuals’ daily routines.

The service also works with individuals with drug problems returning to the community from custodial prison sentences, supporting them to change behaviours to break offending patterns.

For more information about Active Choices, please contact:

Adam Rowley: Active Choice Officer, Telephone: 07812 302051, Email:













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