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Empowering people to overcome drugs, alcohol, and mental health issues

  • Access: Either drop in or self referral
  • Location: 70-80 Oak Street, Norwich

The Matthew Project is a value-driven charity, working in innovative ways with adults, young people and communities affected by drugs and alcohol. Through the Matthew Project’s varied services, young people and adults receive professional advice, information, counselling, support, care and education. Find below information on each service we offer.

The Matthew Project has workers based throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire in both rural and urban areas. Our work takes place in a variety of settings including schools, youth venues, police stations, courts, in the community and at our Next Steps Centre.

The Matthew Project
70-80 Oak Street,
Telephone: 01603 626123

Providing help to young people under 19 who live in Norfolk and are struggling with substances that either they are using or have a family member who is using. Providing regular support, information and safety advice tailored to the young person. Support with talking to family/guardians, setting up counselling and signposting to other services. Including activities for Unity participants to attend as a group.

Live chat: Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 7pm and is for 13 – 19yrs: available via website. This is not a crisis helpline. If you require urgent help, please call Childline on 0800 11 11 or 999.

Telephone: 0800 970 4866

On Track
Norwich Coaching Support
Supporting 16–24-year-olds to move closer to or get into education, training, employment or volunteering. Offering one to one unlimited support from a coach to help set and reach goals, exploring opportunities and training with help in job search, CV and covering letter development. Opportunities of small group work to increase confidence and self-esteem.

Available: Norwich and surrounding areas (Costessey, Hellesdon, Catton, Sprowston, Thorpe St Andrew and Corpusty)

Email: (Mention Norwich Coaching Support in your subject heading)

Stepping Out
Supporting 15–18-year-olds living in Norfolk who are experiencing poor mental health and are unemployed, not in education or training. Offering wellbeing, coaching and catch-up sessions – all sessions tailored to individuals’ needs.


Music, activities and games every Friday night from 6pm – 8pm.
For Norwich based young people aged 15 – 19 (up to 25 for some individuals) who are on a mental health waiting list.

Location: Next Steps Centre, Oak Street, Norwich, NR3 3AQ

Next Steps
A Recovery Centre located on Oak Street, Norwich. Open to members who have taken part in the Recovery Support Programme, runs every 8 weeks for 6 weeks to support adults in recovery from substance misuse. Groups to learn practical and life skills, set goals, and undertake training. Building and creating peer support and networks.

The Matthew Project, in partnership with Public Health England and Norfolk County Council, received funding to open the Next Steps Recovery Centre, a welcoming and vibrant place, to build community, support and skills for people in recovery from substance misuse and children affected by it, the first of its kind in Norfolk, addressing a huge unmet need in the County.

The Recovery Support Programme is currently being run from the new centre and provides a programme of activities and support to those in recovery from addiction.

Walk in any time between 9am – 5pm: Next Steps Centre, Oak Street, Norwich, NR3 3AQ
Telephone: 01603 626123

Outside The Wire.
A bespoke drug and alcohol service offering confidential advice and support to current and ex HM Forces personnel and their families, across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Cambridgeshire, working closely with Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. Offering confidential meetings and outreach groups by our highly trained and experienced workers, who are ex-forces and understand the needs and issues faced by veterans, current serving personnel, and their families.

Telephone: 01603 626123