First anniversary for Phoenix Futures Scotland’s Harper House Specialist Family Service featured as Ayrshire service of the month

Kiana GreenanGeneral News

Phoenix Futures Scotland is celebrating the first anniversary of its specialist family centre, designed to provide dedicated support for families affected by a parent or carer’s mental health, drug and alcohol problems. Harper House has also just been featured as Ayrshire Community Trust’s service of the month.

Formally opened on the 21st of November 2022, in a partnership with the Scottish Government, Harper House has already supported more than 21 families, to recover from drug and alcohol problems in a safe, structured and substance-free environment. Residents are able to continue caring for their children while they are in recovery and in the first year 30 children, including four babies, have been supported in Harper House.

Kerry McGhee, Registered Residential Services Manager at Harper House, said: “To be at the beginning of the Harper House journey with Phoenix Futures Scotland and to see a truly nurturing and transformative service take form, has been the highpoint of my working life. Everyone involved with the service is immensely proud of what has been achieved in the first year.

“The amazing Harper House team have created a person centred environment where the people we support can safely recover from drug and alcohol use without being separated from their children, preventing cycles of intergenerational trauma. Being recognised as Ayrshire Community Trust’s service of the month is the icing on the cake.”

Family members supported at Harper House have already been praising the service:

“I’m waking up with my kid here, I’m making breakfast, I’m ironing her clothes, I’m getting her out to school, and I’m working on my recovery, which is going to help everything. And when she gets in from school, I’m being a mother.”

“As a mum, this is massive. To go to rehab with your child, it sounds horrible. But it’s not. It is a happy place.”

“Having been wrapped up in addiction for 18 years, it’s given me the opportunity to be a good mum. It’s given me the opportunity to find me. It’s given me my feelings back. It’s given me a new lease of life.”

Harper House provides a ‘whole system’ of nurturing, person centred support to families across Scotland and is funded through Scottish Government’s Residential Rehabilitation Rapid Capacity Programme; the programme contributes towards Scottish Government’s aim to treble the number of publicly funded residential rehabilitation placements by 2026.

Phoenix Futures has 50 years’ experience specialising in providing registered care home services and supporting people in recovery. For more information on Phoenix Futures Scotland go to:

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