Our Recovery Groups are now open or have a date to re-open. There will be a restricted service, and we will be constantly reviewing government guidelines in order to ensure the safety of all of our members, staff, and volunteers.

For details please contact your own Recovery Project.

For general enquiries please be in touch with our Referrals team: referrals@restore.org.uk

Recovery Project members who are not yet ready to return to site will continue to receive Remote Support through an individually tailored phone support call on the day they are due to attend their Recovery Groups.

Our staff will provide individual phone support depending on your individual needs. This might include:

  • Signposting to online support groups
  • Signposting to benefit support, food banks, volunteering opportunities, and any social networks
  • Discussing relevant recovery goals, e.g. maintaining wellbeing, creativity, exercise, good eating, maintaining contact with friends/family
  • Sharing news and tips from staff, and the other Recovery Groups
  • Sharing information to help you prepare for the resumption of regular life, i.e. maximising job readiness if you are working with an Employment Coach

Restore is not a crisis intervention service. If you are in a mental health crisis your Adult Mental Health Team should be your first contact. If not registered with them contact your GP or the new 24/7 mental health helplines in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The number for adults is 01865 904997. For children and young people the number is 01865 904998.

If you are feeling particularly low or anxious, you can call the Samaritans for free at 116 123, and they will listen to you and support you.

All physical concerns related to COVID-19 or other issues should be immediately directed to NHS 111.

Our external coaching clients will continue to have a phone service available as they undertake employment coaching with Restore.

This includes our Individual Employment Support in secondary services run in partnership with Oxford Health.

Our Opportunities in Reach volunteer work to in-patient mental health wards has been suspended following government guidelines, as soon as it is safe to do so we will resume activities.

Target Jobs have created a useful information page for those job-seeking in the current climate, with practical tips on interview techniques.

Due to COVID-19 many industries are urgently seeking staff. If you feel that you are able to take on work at this time, please take a look at this article from Metro which details which supermarkets are looking for staff.

The Oxfordshire Recovery College has closed to attending students due to COVID-19 lockdown measures.

They have done online courses during the Summer Term, and the upcoming Autumn Term course outlines are likely to be a mixture of in-person courses and online course due to ongoing social distancing measures.

The team are also sending a weekly Newsletter and Podcast for students, to help them during this difficult time, with advice, tips, and ideas about staying healthy and maintaining your mental wellbeing. If you would like to contact us, please do so by email at contactORC@restore.org.uk, or calling us on 01865 779613.

For more information do visit our website

It’s important now to try to keep to your routine, stay connected with others, and challenge yourself to do something new or pick up a hobby you enjoyed before.

Our friends at Rehab 4 Addiction have created this brilliant infographic about COVID-19 and mental health.

This helpful Self Isolation Pack has lots of advice on ways to keep yourself occupied.

Or you can see how many ideas you can tick off from this checklist.

The Recovery College have created a new podcast, and are looking at making their courses available online. www.oxfordshirerecoverycollege.org.uk

We have created a directory of useful and trusted websites with information on COVID-19, managing your mental health, activities to entertain yourself, online courses, virtual tours, ways to entertain children, and resources.

Elefriends is a a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.

Although government guidelines necessitate that we practice ‘social distancing’ physically for the time being, we understand the importance of maintaining social contact in other ways. Please connect with us on our social pages where we’ll be posting important information and good news stories every day.




and keep up-to-date with any news developments here on our website.