Recovery House

Making Recovery Happen

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The Recovery House has now closed.

Instead we have developed an extensive three-month online recovery course at our Recovery College, which will enable people to do similar work on their recovery.

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Working To Recovery had offered personalised recovery breaks for individuals wishing to engage with their emotional, spiritual and mental health issues in a positive way,

We gained considerable experience of assisting people to develop and pursue their recovery agendas and had found that taking time away from their normal routines of life was a very powerful way of beginning and/or reactivating the recovery journey.


To read some of guest’s reflections and experiences whilst staying at the Recovery House (which is now closed) – CLICK HERE

To address and support individual recovery needs with respect to:
  • Supporting reflections on individual recovery including spiritual identity
  • Building resilience in the face of personal and emotional difficulties
  • Developing and cementing autonomy from services
  • Extending friendship and peer support networks
  • Engaging in meaningful activities and work
  • Other agendas identified by individuals

ABOUT THE HOUSE (which is now closed)
We offered comfortable accommodation with support for two people in a cottage and converted barn situated on a traditional croft (small holding) where we keep pigs, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. The croft was a 15 minute walk, across common land, to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and you could hear the sound of the surf in the quiet of the evening.

The house was also close to a community sport centre and swimming pool, post office and shops. This was not a holiday. There was no charge for coming, but you were expected to muck in with helping feed and take care of the animals. The house was heated by a Rayburn, you had to make your own fire every day. the house was comfortable but basic. The weather on the island is often windy and could be very wet, but the island had a magical beauty to it as well.

You were expected to develop a recovery plan and work on that during your stay, one person could stay for anytime between 2 weeks to 3 months.

Habost is a small village and is part of Port Ness

Port Ness (Port of Nis – Eilean Leodhas) lies at the most northern part of the Isle of Lewis and is about 25 miles (40 km) by road from Stornoway, the main town on the island.

The people of Ness are called Niseachs – many of whom still speak Gaelic. There is a population of about 1200 residents living either on the Northern and Western edges. It has a pretty little harbour – which was well used in earlier years – as fishing was of great importance to Ness.

It is the most north-westerly community in Europe. Its most northerly point is the Butt of Lewis, marked by a working lighthouse.  The name Ness derives from the old Norse for headland and many of the other place names in the area also have a Norse origin.

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