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Forward Connect peer support

Forward Connect is our nationwide community for current and former clients who are making good progress in achieving their goals, as well as volunteers and trainees. It links up people who want to connect, share information, celebrate their successes and support one another, both face-to-face and online.

Who it’s for

  • Anyone who has completed one of our programmes or is making progress in any of our services
  • Anyone currently staying in a supported housing project that works with Forward, such as Kairos, Nehemiah and Steps2Recovery
  • Forward peer supporters and mentors, volunteers and trainees (including More Than My Past campaign ambassadors)

If you’re a client of our drug and alcohol service, you will need to be on an identified recovery pathway with a goal of abstinence in order to be eligible. Check with your key worker if you’re unsure whether Forward Connect is right for you.

What to expect

Forward Connect provides:

  • Peer support through regular peer-led meetings, social events and graduate celebrations
  • Opportunities to connect with others virtually using our dedicated, private Kaizala group and other apps
  • Invitations to Forward’s annual graduate reunions
  • Access to information from Forward, including our magazine The Journey, as well as updates on new services
  • Signposting to other local services
  • Support for setting up your own local Forward Connect network
  • Opportunities to share your story with others
  • Volunteering opportunities

Get in touch

To join Forward Connect or find out more, fill in the form below or email us at

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It took a while, but everyone got to know one another better and I’ve now made friends with lots of people in the group. I also have a better understanding of what my son went through, and I think others in the group have an insight into how family members are trying to deal with their own situations.

Paul N, Family Peer Support Mentor and Forward Connect member Read Paul’s story