Harm Reduction Service

New Start’s Harm Reduction Service is a female only service providing a unique package of support and accommodation for women who face multiple disadvantages.


The provision of support focuses upon women’s expressed needs and lived experience and considers ALL areas of the female’s life from a holistic perspective to identify harm, encourage harm minimisation strategies and assist with gradually becoming more stable. Underpinning this work is a Harm Reduction Model that encompasses respect, acceptance, compassion, collaboration and empowerment.


Workers at the project are specifically trained in Women’s Centred Working and Cognitive Analytic Therapy, supporting a Trauma Informed Care approach across all areas of work, identifying unresolved or unacknowledged trauma which can act as a dominant barrier to positively moving forward for women.


The Centre facilitates a range of in-reach services available on-site to ensure stress-free, easy access appointments for females residing at the project:


  • Complimentary Therapy sessions are delivered by Healing Space for improved health and well-being, self-care and personal healing.

  • For females wishing to consider recovery, Action on Addiction provides pre-abstinence support via one-to-one and group sessions.

  • Women at the service can also benefit from a range of in-reach support around primary health care, lifestyle and addiction support and greater independence.


Who can access this service?


This service is available to females aged 18+ who are Liverpool residents and:


  • Do not currently wish to stop using drugs or alcohol;

  • Do not currently see abstinence as an option;

  • Or women whose attempts at detox and abstinence have not been sustained.


Applicants to the service must be:


  • Single women without dependent children, or whose children do not reside with her

  • Women who want support to stabilise, and are willing to engage in support

  • Women who need help to manage their substance misuse

  • Women who have support needs that can be met in a supported housing setting


Priority will be given to rough sleepers and people identified as homeless or at risk of Homelessness.


Referral Details:

To Download a Referral Form please go to www.newstarthomes.org.uk/make-a-referral or call us on 0151 203 1766.


New Start Ltd

The Job Bank

4 Tunnel Road


L7 6QD


Tel: 0151 708 7103

Fax: 0151 708 8239


Company No. 3452521