The Matthew Project

The Big Give 2020 Appeal for The Matthew Project

The Matthew Project has been helping people live fuller lives, free from drug and alcohol misuse for more than 35 years. We provide support to young people, veterans, professionals, people in recovery and their families. Your donation will help us continue the vital service we offer into 2021...

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1122801)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by The Together Fund


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice


  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther


United Kingdom

  • The RSP has given me the chance to show the world who I truly am and not who I used to be. They've taught me how to push myself and do things I wouldn’t normally do to be a better me.

    — RSP Member

  • I’m almost lost for words at the lengths the staff go to help and support us in our recovery. It is amazing. It's saved my life. The staff saved my life. The Matthew Project has given me purpose again and I’m no longer fighting this battle alone.

    — RSP Member

  • Just thought I'd let you know that I'll never have to sit in an English or maths lesson again! Just wanted to say a huge thank you for sticking by me and believing in me, you've been a huge part in where I am today and I'll be forever grateful

    — A Unity Service User

  • I DONE IT! When I first walked in to the Mathew project, I'd heard good things and that it was different to other drug and alcohol organisations, I didn't realise just how good it was going to be. I was lost and broken and felt like I was just watching life go by. I can't thank all the staff enough

    — RSP Member AKA Walshy!

  • I became homeless a few weeks before the lockdown started & I was living in my car. My self-respect as well as my self-worth was absolutely zero. I cannot express how much I appreciate “Outside the Wire” and how they understand veterans of all services. With their help I know that I will get there

    — Outside The Wire Service User

  • I may not be fully there yet, but I'm a whole world away from where I was!

    — A Unity Service User


Since Covid19, the ways in which The Matthew Project fundraise have been restricted at a time when our services have been in more demand than ever. We are looking raise funds through the Big Give Christmas 2020 appeal so that we can address the following: 1.) Increasing awareness, understanding and support for people affected by substance misuse 2.) Meet shortfall in our recovery support programme, helping vulnerable adults to boost their employability skills and reduce the risk of relapse.


With specialist one-to-one and group support at our new Next Steps recovery centre. Next Steps includes a wide range of facilities, including a training kitchen and barista bar, a skills and employability workshop, an exercise studio, an IT suite, an art studio, counselling rooms, and plenty of group and communal spaces. Support focuses on building self-esteem, establishing new friendships and community, and teaching new skills.