What is PUSH

  • We are a thriving recovery community that provides service user involvement,  peer led advocacy, 1-2-1 peer support/mentoring,  a range of recovery focused groups.
  • We promote inclusion rather that exclusion, anyone seeking recovery support is welcome to join us
  • We are not abstinence focused.
  • We are the voice of the recovering person.

Aims of PUSH

  • The aim of the group shall be to provide Peer advocacy, Peer support and representation for the recovery community at all levels of planning, policymaking, and service provision.
  • To challenge and change discriminatory attitudes in the community and to make recovery visible.
  • The primary aims of PUSH are to Increase effective and meaningful user involvement in services accessed by drug/alcohol users in Portsmouth.
  • Increase, develop and maintain effective and meaningful user involvement in strategic planning, delivery and review.
  • To develop and incorporate effective and meaningful user and carer involvement mechanism’s within services.
  • To further develop and maintain user needs led services.
  • Develop approaches that empower users and carers and counter oppressive and discriminatory practices.

History of PUSH:

  • PUSH started about 11 years ago by Danny Sullivan to boost up Service User involvement in Portsmouth.
  • 2-3 People got together on the stairs of the Civic offices, they rented a room at the John Pound Centre.
  • Blanket E-mails were put out to try to get more space, then Central Point came up with offices on the 1st floor.
  • The group continued to grow and we managed find our now more permanent offices in the D.I.P. building at 157 Elm Grove.
  • After outgrowing the venue at Elm Grove we moved to a office above the library in the Guildhall Square.
  • PUSH has now over 40 members which contribute largely to the recovery community in Portsmouth.


 Join us:

  • If you would like to get involved with PUSH feel free to attend our open forum on a Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm.(Please note although we do not require you to be abstinent from drugs and alcohol to take part at PUSH, we do ask that you do not attend while intoxicated. This is for the benefit and saftey of our members and any guests or visitors that attend the forum.)

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