The Matthew Project

Funding future projects at our Next Steps Centre

The Matthew Project charity works together with young people, those in recovery and veterans, suffering with the impact of substance misuse across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. We are campaigning to raise funds so we can continue our lifesaving work from our award-winning Next Steps Recovery Centre

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1122801)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by Friends of The Reed Foundation


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Covid-19 means that our services are needed now more than ever. For many of those in recovery from addiction, the lockdown has led to feelings of loneliness and isolation, with little structure in their lives and a lack of social interaction. This has lead to worsening mental health, growing anxiety, and boredom, which has resulted in worsening substance misuse. At the same time, an increase in demand means that funding for this vital support is more difficult to come by.


We are looking raise funds through the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021 to keep our Next Steps recovery centre functioning at full capacity. This will allow us to continue providing specialist one-to-one and group support to adults in recovery from addiction, as well as supporting the running of youth clubs for young people affected by parental substance misuse, and evening groups for veterans affected by substance misuse and PTSD.

  • “Before I was very lost with how to cope and now, I have found some really effective coping mechanisms for certain issues. I have had more good days than before, but I have had some really terrible days too… I am less anxious daily and feel I have more ways to cope."

    — Anonymous young person, Youth & Families Service

  • "I became homeless a few weeks before the lockdown started and I was living in my car. The effect that this had on me & my mental health was immense. I cannot express how much I appreciate OTW and how much they understand veterans of all services. With their help I know that I will get better."

    — MB, Royal Navy Veteran, Outside The Wire Service

  • "I was lost and broken and felt like I was just watching life go by, while I was just trying to hang on somewhere at the edges. My mental health was really low and there was to many things to deal with on my own. RSP has completely changed my life for the better."

    — Recovery Support Programme Member, Next Steps Service

  • "We would like to thank you and let you know that we really appreciate all what you’re doing for Tom. You have gone above and beyond, spending time to support us as a family with a really difficult situation. It’s a great comfort knowing Tom can confide in you when he can’t with us."

    — Parents Nick & Emma, Unity Service