News

Appointment of new Chief Executive

The Trustees of Catalyst are delighted to announce the appointment of Sue Murphy as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Catalyst. Sue had been the Acting CEO since the tragic death of Haydn Morris. She will be taking up her post immediately and we look forward to supporting her in her new role. READ MORE

Dry January Launches

Why do Dry January? Feel healthier – alcohol puts strain on our bodies, can disrupt our sleep, have a negative impact on our skin, and cause weight gain. Cutting it out for a month can result in some amazing benefits to health. Save money – the average person in the UK spends £50,000 on booze READ MORE

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and New Year

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR CONTACT Our opening hours during the festive season will be as follows: Friday 22nd December – Open as normal – 9am – 5pm Monday 25th December – CLOSED Tuesday 26th December  – CLOSED Wednesday 27th December – Open as normal – 9am – 5pm Thursday 28th December – Open as normal READ MORE

Chief Executive Officer – Vacancy

We are currently looking for a full time CEO with a salary in the region of £50,000 (negotiable). Applicants should possess five years experience in a customer service based organisation, preferably within the charities sector. They must also demonstrate expertise and knowledge of the provision of services for addictions including drug and alcohol; proven experience READ MORE

Thank You Waitrose

We recently got selected to be one of the partners for the  Community Matters campaign in the Waitrose Guildford store. We were delighted to receive a cheque for £260 cheque, which is fantastic. Thank you to Waitrose and to everyone that supported us.   READ MORE

SUPPPORT AND RECOVERY

Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the UK and harmful drinking can have a profound effect on people and their family members. There is a wide range of help and support available. At Catalyst we can offer: One to one sessions, or ongoing group support with SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Help READ MORE

HELP FOR FAMILIES EXPERIENCING ADDICTION

Understanding addiction and the recovery process will help you in supporting a family member or friend in their recovery. Here are some helpful suggestions for families and friends dealing with a loved one’s addiction: Educate yourself on addiction and recovery Try not to accuse or judge Do not enable. Do not provide excuses or cover READ MORE

THE IMPACT ON CHILDREN

Harmful drinking behaviour often affects family members and friends but children of alcoholics tend to be the most vulnerable. Children and extended family members can become codependent on a loved one’s alcohol abuse and can be significantly affected. In general, children of individuals who abuse alcohol are four times more likely to abuse alcohol themselves. READ MORE

IS SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT DRINKING TOO MUCH? HOW TO SPOT THE SIGNS…

Drinking has become a socially acceptable activity in today’s society. Therefore the signs of are sometimes easily missed or not taken seriously because of the popularity of alcohol and drinking culture. Having a glass of wine or beer at dinner is considered the norm and, for young people especially, binge drinking at a party is READ MORE

ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK 13TH – 19TH NOVEMBER

Today is the first day of Alcohol Awareness week and we will be supporting the event throughout the week by providing information and support around the effects of harmful drinking. This year’s theme focuses on families and the effects harmful drinking can have on family members. We’ll be using this opportunity to update the homepage READ MORE