Telford After Care Team CIC (TACT)
TACT was founded in 2012 by Robert Eyers who himself endured 20 years of addiction. During his recovery Rob became aware of the lack of support available for people in Telford like himself.
Rob set up TACT initially on a voluntary basis with a small amount of funding to help set up a smart recovery group and a gardening group. This gave people in recovery an option to do something new and prevent them from returning to their old lives.
The main aim of TACT is to help people in recovery from using drugs or alcohol. This is achieved by improving the health and wellbeing of its customers; empowering people to lead productive and fulfilling lives so that they can once again be valued members of their community.
When TACT first got off the ground, Rob was offered office space by the local Treatment Service. In the last 2 years TACT has grown and grown and is about to move into its third new home.
Given his history Rob says it was ‘hard work’ engaging with professionals and statutory services. Overtime this hard work has paid off and he now has great relationships with key agencies all to the benefit of TACT.
TACT incorporated as a Community Interest Company in 2014 and is now a public health commissioned service for people in recovery or people struggling to come to terms with their addiction. TACT has 2 paid staff and 13 trained volunteers all of whom have recovered from addiction. The service supports between 30-50 people every day with a rich variety of support groups, drop in sessions and activities. These opportunities include support with health issues, peer support, advice and guidance around benefits, housing and welfare, gardening, art, holistic therapies, training, employment and much more.
Rob has put his personal experience to fantastic use and TACT offers a much needed service to the people of Telford.