A recovery programme to help vulnerable women overcome addictions. 

About us.

Our vision is to help women, who have addictions and life-controlling issues, to regain their dignity and confidence. The Waterfall provides a loving, stable environment and a training programme that promotes sustained recovery and equips women to engage positively with their family, and with society.

The Waterfall is a Christian charity, our belief is that the presence of God is central to the restoration of lives. We adhere to the Faithworks Charter, which means that our ethos and inspirations are Christian, but all women over 18 who are ready to commit fully to our programmes will be welcome, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.

The Team.

Tricia, our CEO, is supported by a team of volunteers who facilitate groups, work one-on-one with the women, fundraise, publicise The Waterfall and keep things running behind the scenes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does the Waterfall do?

A: The Waterfall helps women overcome addictions and other life-controlling issues through a programme of group work and one to one support.

Q: Who does the Waterfall help?

A: Our programme helps women over-18 from the Solent region who want to change and be free from unhealthy addictions, such as drug, alcohol and food addictions, attraction to controlling or violent partners, frequent overdoses or other self-harm.

Q: Can The Waterfall help me with my addiction/help me to change my behaviour?

A: Yes we can….as long as you are ready to do some hard work and face reality. We can’t change your behaviour for you, but if you are ready to commit to the programme, we will be there to support and encourage you all the way and give you some tools to help you succeed.

Q: What does the programme involve?

A: The programme is made up of four group sessions and one to one support.

Group sessions run every Thursday and Friday, starting at 10.30am and finishing by 2pm. Lunch is provided.

One session is a structured time of sharing about your week, its victories and struggles. The leader will reflect back to you what she has heard you say, then the group and staff will share back encouragement or personal experience that could be useful for your situation. This session is useful for giving you a sense that you are not alone. Others have similar struggles and there is experience in the room which can bring you hope and ideas for moving forward. What’s said in the room stays in the room.

Two sessions cover topics related to recovery, such as recognising and handling emotions, setting appropriate boundaries, personal identity, triggers, communication styles or managing conflict.

The other session is either creative; learning to draw, make candles or jewellery for example, or social, such as going to the cinema, beach or other activity chosen by the group. We are also able to offer equine assisted recovery – learning to work and communicate with horses.

Once a fortnight, members meet one-to-one with their Recovery Worker to work on their individual recovery plan. Between key work sessions, members are encouraged to meet socially with a volunteer to help build confidence in relating to people who are not using drugs, alcohol or other habits problematically. Volunteers may also be able to accompany members to agency meetings or provide other practical support.

Q: I need help. How do I become a Waterfall member?

A: If you want to join the programme, or just meet up to find out more, then please give us a call, text us or send us an email. Our landline number is 023 80 225463, mobile 07518 032245 or email info@thewaterfall.org.uk

If after chatting with us, you like the sound of the Waterfall programme, we will ask you some questions to get to know you better, help you identify some goals and complete a Members Agreement. This agreement lets you know what you can expect from us and what we need from you, in terms of behaviour and commitment.

We would expect you to be engaging with other services as part of your recovery, such as AA or NA, a CAP Release or other church group, groups run by Southampton Drug and Alcohol Service at New Road or a one to one therapist. If you don’t know any of these services, we can help you to engage with them.

Q: I have a friend/family member/client who could benefit from the Waterfall. What should I do?

A: If she is keen to try The Waterfall, give her our contact details (see above) and ask her to call us to arrange a meeting with a Recovery Worker. You can accompany her to the information part of the meeting if she wants you to, but she will meet a worker alone to go through the assessment questions.

If you are a referral agency, it can be helpful for us to have some information beforehand. Please download the Referral form (hyperlink to download referral form) and email it to

Q: Do I need to be a Christian to access the programme?

A: No you don’t! We will support any woman who wants to get free, regardless of faith or religion or background. We are motivated by our Christian faith and adhere to the Faithworks Charter.

Q: How can I get involved?

A: We have various volunteering opportunities, including administration, organising or managing events, fundraising, running sessions or one-to-one support.

You may also be able to offer your expertise through pro-bono work, or put us forward as a charity partner (or charity of the year) at your workplace.

Job vacancies are advertised as they become available.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: It is free for women to join the Waterfall programme; however, we may ask for a small contribution for certain activities.

Q: Where do you get your funding from?

A: Our funding comes from a variety of sources. Roughly half comes from grants and trusts, and the other half comes from fundraising events and individual donations. We are keen to grow our income so that we can support more women! We really value the support of individuals who share our passion to help vulnerable women improve their lives. If you would like to give financially to the work, please email pete.white@thewaterfall.org.uk. To give a one off donation, simply click on the donate button.

The Need

There are a significant number of women in our region struggling to overcome serious addictions and compulsive behaviour with very few appropriate services to help them.

Many of these women use substances and compulsive behaviour to numb the pain from past traumatic experiences. These habits take over their lives, often creating devastation within their families.

Since some of these women have experienced violence and intimidation from men, and others use inappropriate romantic attachments to avoid addressing their problems, a women-only treatment option is crucial. There is a drastic shortage of these throughout the UK leading to increased costs in medical, social and justice services and separation of children from their mothers.

How you can help.

You can help us help these vulnerable women by supporting us with your time, money and prayers.

Every £1 spent on treatment saves the UK tax payer at least £2.50 in costs related to drug addiction alone – crime, health and family breakdown. Add to this the costs related to alcohol use and the effects on society of addiction. Helping people to overcome addiction is better for everyone than leaving things as they are.

There are several ways in which you can support our work:




Of course, a very simple but powerful way to support The Waterfall is by giving a donation so please consider supporting us by making a single donation or by becoming a “Waterfall Friend” and providing a regular gift.

And remember, you can always chat to us if you are thinking about supporting The Waterfall. Simply pick up the phone and give Tricia a call on 07518 032 245 or email us via tricia@thewaterfall.org.uk



Self taught jewellery designer, Jane Bannor…Jane donates a portion of all sales from Feathers + Wings to The Waterfall.

Feather + Wings

We have also set up a shop through Redbubble, where you can buy a range of products. 20% or 30% has been added to the cost price, which goes directly to our work to support women wanting to overcome destructive addictions and behaviours. These are products made either with art donated by artist and fabric designer Magenta Rose, or with our key image, which was designed by graphic artists Matt and Chris from White Hype. The range includes device sleeves, bags, wall art, stationary and some clothing. Click on View my Portfolio and then on the image you like, to see the products that come in that image. The product is sent to you and payment taken directly through Redbubble

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If there isn’t a vacancy for you at the moment, remember to keep coming back to check.

Volunteer Posts

We are currently looking to fill the following posts on a voluntary basis (unpaid),  If interested please complete our volunteer application form and email to tricia@thewaterfall.org.uk Waterfall Volunteer application Form final

Fundraiser role

Events and Volunteer Coordinator

Recovery Supporter RD

We’d love to hear from you!

Whether you would like more information about the development of The Waterfall, or to sign up to our prayer letter do get in touch by using the form below.

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