Frequently asked questions

What does the Waterfall do?

The Waterfall helps women overcome addictions through a programme of group work and one to one support.

Who does the Waterfall help?

Our programme helps women over-18 from the Solent region who want to change and be free from drug and alcohol addictions.

What does the programme involve?

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

Group sessions currently run every Tuesday and Friday, starting at 10.30am and finishing by 2 pm. 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 Supporters may also be able to accompany members to agency meetings or provide other practical support.

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

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.

How can I get involved?

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

Job vacancies are advertised as they become available.

How much does it cost?

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

Where do you get your funding from?

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.

How can I support The Waterfall?

If you would like to give financially to the work, please click on the ‘Donate Now’ button at the bottom of this page. Thank you.