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 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.

The Team.

Tricia, our CEO, is supported by staff and 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.

Bev – Recovery Supporter

Nige – Trustee and Admin Volunteer

Pete – Operations Manager

Rachel – Recovery Worker

Sandra – Recovery Supporter

Sarah – Recovery Supporter

Lisa – Recovery Supporter

Sharon – Administrator

Sheila – Recovery Worker

Suzanne – Recovery Worker (on Maternity Leave)

Tricia – Founder and CEO

Peter – Chair of Trustees

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 drug and alcohol addictions.

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 currently run every Tuesday 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 Recovery Supporter to help build confidence in relating to people who are not using drugs, alcohol or other habits problematically. Recovery Supporter 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 are eligible and want to join the programme, please download an application form and send completed back to us at referrals@thewaterfall.org.uk or post it to us at The Waterfall Trust, Dukes Keep, Marsh Lane, Southampton, SO14 3EX. To find out more, please give us a call, send us an email or use the contact form. Our number is 02380225463 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 Recovery 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 and email it to referrals@thewaterfall.org.uk

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.

We would love to hear from you if you can help in any way. Please email office@thewaterfall.org.uk

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.

Q: How can I support The Waterfall?

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 office@thewaterfall.org.uk or give us a call on 02380225463. To donate or give regularly, simply click on the donate button. In line with our Christian ethos, The Waterfall gives 10% of our unrestricted funding to other organisations working to achieve the same aims.

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. If so, please get in touch.

Get Involved

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 us a call on 02380225463 or email us via office@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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Job Vacancies

We don’t currently have any vacancies
Volunteer Opportunities

A little of your time could make a HUGE difference to us and you could help transform lives, too.

Time is precious but if you would like to use yours to help us with fundraising, communications, in the office or in a one-to-one role supporting the women then we would love to hear from you! We will need to you make a regular commitment, and you will need to be open to the Christian ethos of The Waterfall.

We are a very small but friendly team and can guarantee that you will develop lasting friendships along the way.

We are currently looking to fill the following posts on a voluntary basis (unpaid),  If interested please complete our volunteer application form and send it to us via email to volunteer@thewaterfall.org.uk or by post to The Waterfall Trust, Dukes Keep, Marsh Lane, Southampton, SO14 3EX.

Fundraiser role
Events Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator
Recovery Supporter RD


We don’t have any events planned

We’d love to hear from you!

To get in touch with The Waterfall you can call us on 02380 225463, by email: info@thewaterfall.org.uk or by using the form below. Our postal address is The Waterfall Trust, Dukes Keep, Marsh Lane, Southampton, SO14 3EX

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