Pushing Change

[quote style=”boxed”][typography font=”Cantarell” size=”18″ size_format=”px”]”My experience at Pushing Change was extremely positive. The staff supported me to integrate into the recovery community, engage in training and seek employment. Pushing Change has given me a life that I could only dream of and the staff, volunteers and Pushing Change members have all played a massive part in where I am today.“[/typography]   Female ANON[/quote]

What is PUSH

  • We are a thriving recovery community that provides service user involvement,  training, peer led advocacy, 1-2-1 peer support/mentoring and a range of recovery focused groups.

  • We are not abstinence focused.

  • We are the voice of the recovering person.


PUSHing Change was originally set up as P.U.S.H. (Portsmouth Users Self Help) in 2006 to support user involvement, to give service users a voice and ensure their representation in all planning, policy and decision-making processes. It was soon realised that when given the opportunity and responsibility and with the right support to have a voice and make a difference, people grew and became empowered while developing themselves and the organisation. The name P.U.S.H has evolved to PUSHing Change as members felt it reflected what we do.

Aims of PUSH

  • To challenge and change discriminatory attitudes in the community and to make recovery visible.
  • 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 further develop and maintain user needs led services.


To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people becoming, or who have become, socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society and become full citizens.

Relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded as a result of one of more of the following factors: unemployment; financial hardship; youth or old age; ill health (physical or mental); substance abuse or dependency including alcohol and drugs; discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, belief, creed, sexual orientation or gender re-assignment; poor educational or skills attainment; relationship and family breakdown; poor housing (that is housing that does not meet basic habitable standards) and crime (either as a victim of crime or as an offender rehabilitating into society).

There is no upper age limit and we don’t engage directly with anyone under 18. 


Staff, volunteers and advocates spend many hours making phone calls, writing letters and attending benefit medicals and tribunals. We have provided representation to probably hundreds of tribunals over the years. We have never lost one.


[quote style=”boxed”][typography font=”Cantarell” size=”14″ size_format=”px”]”I have been attending Pushing Change since April 2015. I needed help with the DWP. The support was excellent and helped me get my life back on track. I attended the Forum and Friday Smart group gradually becoming more involved. In the last year, I have begun training as a Recovery Broker, doing voluntary work for the homeless day centre and at the Recovery Hub. Pushing Change has given me a chance to regain control of my life – up to me to grasp it.”[/typography] Pete[/quote]

[quote style=”boxed”][typography font=”Cantarell” size=”14″ size_format=”px”]”I always felt welcomed and valued by my peers here. What really motivated me was seeing some of my peers that I’d known a couple of years ago doing well for themselves; they were happy, confident and really optimistic now – a stark contrast from when I had known them last.”[/typography] Male ANON[/quote]

Join us:

[typography font=”Titillium Web” size=”22″ size_format=”px”]If you would like to get involved with PUSH feel free to attend our Open Forum on a Tuesday from 2pm to 3.30pm.[/typography]

[typography font=”Titillium Web” size=”12″ size_format=”px”]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.[/typography]

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