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How your support can change lives at The Carpenter’s Arms

Here’s how your generosity can help re-build lives destroyed by addiction

It is a sad but undeniable fact that drug and alcohol addiction is becoming more prevalent in the UK. At the same time, local authority budgets which fund those least able to support themselves are coming under pressure like never before.

Addiction in numbers:

  • An estimated 300,000 people in the UK are opiate and crack users.
  • An estimated 1 million people in the UK use powder cocaine each year.
  • One in three people in prison have a serious drug addiction.
  • Entrenched drug use and premature deaths occur more disproportionately in the North of England and in deprived areas.
  • Every £1 spent on treatment will save £4 by reducing demands on health, prison, law enforcement and emergency services.

(Department of Health and Social Care’s independent report, August 2021 Review of drugs part two: prevention, treatment, and recovery)

Read on to find out how you can help break the cycle of addiction…


Here’s what your standard cash donation could be used for:


A resident’s meals for a week


A “clothes pack” for homeless residents coming in from the street


Workwear ie. clothing and boots


Pastoral services per resident per week


CBT (motorbike) course for client


Back to work courses including health & safety and food hygiene


A recreational activity or outing for one residential house


Covers a resident’s ineligible costs for one month

From time to time, we also invite ‘themed’ donations to support a particular area or individual.

Named donations

We know there may be instances where you might wish your donation to go towards the treatment or care of a particular family member or friend.

If you would like to show your support for the recovery of a named individual in this way, please contact us by completing the form to provide your donation.


    We rely on so many local businesses for their generosity, whether it be sponsoring a particular event or area of support as outlined in the Donate section above, donating resources or staff time to volunteer.

    If your business would like to include support of our charity in your ESG commitments, we would love to hear from you.

    Contact us to explore sponsorship opportunities.

    If you would are interested in becoming a sponsor, please Contact us, simply fill out the form below.

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      When I left the Military, I had problems in my marriage and was a victim of domestic abuse. I totally lost it and turned to alcohol. The Carpenter’s Arms were willing to take me on and knowing they were signed up to The Armed Forces Covenant was a big thing for me. I have grown with the programme, and I have now got self-worth. I wake up every morning thankful. I’m blessed.

      Brian, resident

      As a magistrate, I see the devastation of addiction to a person’s life, as well as their family and friends, when they end up in the Court system. The Carpenter’s Arms offers an opportunity, strategies and support to face and overcome addiction, and turn people’s lives around. It offers people hope at their lowest ebb to gain self-confidence and self-worth which are invaluable gifts.

      Mrs Henrietta Chubb JP, High Sheriff of Leicestershire

      I got out of prison on the 14th of December 2017 and went straight to The Carpenter's Arms and felt the labels go. My first clean test in 24 years felt amazing. I had never seen my little girls through clean eyes. It was overwhelming! All the victories that were coming for me just for being in this place.

      Garry, resident

      I’ve known The Carpenter's Arms now for several years and it's great to see the way in which they have grown. What they've done in terms of supporting the defence community has been extraordinary. They show such great enthusiasm and such an ability to reach into people's lives.

      Bruce Spencer, MoD Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands

      Before my arrival at the Carpenter's Arms, I was lost in a very dark place, haunted by past memories, suppressed by the use of drink and drugs. A local Christian charity recommended The Carpenter's Arms and I was thrown another lifeline and my hope was restored. My spirit, body and soul have been renewed, and I have re-established family connections and built bridges I once burnt.

      Bradley, resident

      The Carpenter’s Arms is one of our alliance charities working in the area of addiction. We draw on their understanding of what's going on, and their work and solutions for people living with addiction. It helps support our policy and working forward to sustainable living and aspirations in life after addiction.

      Steve Meadwell, Regional Manager (Midlands), Centre for Social Justice

      I have been suffering from mental health for over 10 years and was addicted to crack, cocaine, cannabis, and steroids. My life was unmanageable. My life has changed completely and I’ve been able to see my son again. I was lost and broken and now I am blessed. I am now a House Dad in phase 3 and I’ve been put on the Pathways as a Support Worker.

      Blake, resident

      I'm the trustee of the Carpenter's Arms and, this year, I’m also the Mayor of Charnwood. I first met Brian and Judith when I was a Magistrate Chairman of the Drug Rehabilitation Committee. The most rewarding experience was when I finished sitting on the bench and watched the amazing successes at The Carpenter’s Arms in capacity as a trustee. To sit and listen to the clients tell their stories, what they have done and how they have come out the other side with new beginnings, I think for me is the most rewarding. The court couldn’t do it, but The Carpenter's Arms did.

      Councillor Margaret Smidowicz, Mayor of Charnwood and trustee of The Carpenter’s Arms

      After years of hard drug addiction and causing a lot of pain and suffering for myself and my loved ones, I walked through the doors of the Carpenter's Arms. In the space of a few weeks, I started to see and think more clearly and within months my life had changed drastically for the better. I can't thank the Carpenter's Arms enough for giving me a second chance at life.

      Marcus, resident

      I've been an alcoholic for 3 years. Whilst it has been a challenge at The Carpenter's Arms, I have been clean for 1 month, have more energy and motivation to do things. A routine has helped me a lot, as well as being able to be around people which has helped me speak more easily. I am excited to go back to work and see my family more.

      Rob, resident

      I was a broken man after 16 years addicted to heroin and crack, with no confidence or self-worth. Through coming to the Carpenter's Arms, I have been able to break free from my addiction, have learnt how to love myself, how to treat others and how to deal with everyday life without drugs. I am now happily married with 6 beautiful kids and have had a job for the last 6 years.

      Scott, resident