Western Counselling has been working with The Addictions and Recovery Trust in Harare, Zimbabwe to set up a 12step recovery programme, the first of its kind in Zimbabwe.
Read our other articles about our time in Africa here and here.

The First Step opened 23 January 2017 in Harare.
It is a recovery day programme delivering group sessions, workshops and 1:1 counselling to clients as part of an ongoing programme. Aftercare is delivered to those who’ve returned to Zimbabwe from treatment in South Africa and elsewhere and is a much-needed resource. The intention is to grow The First Step and deliver it nationally amongst the diverse communities.
Staff from The First Step have been trained in Weston super Mare with Western Counselling, learning about programme delivery, referrals and admissions, governance etc.
Carol, Amanda and Rob were in Harare for the opening of the new service. Carol was able to stay for 3weeks afterwards to help the staff and clients to integrate and “bed in” best practice and service delivery.
Ongoing The First Step will continue to be supported by Western Counselling with support, training, policy and practice updates, annual service audit and monthly line and external supervision.
Volunteers will travel to Zimbabwe to assist in all areas including support work, admin, recovery programme delivery and reciprocally Western Counselling will continue to train all new staff in the UK.
Western Counselling, staff and volunteers are extremely excited to be part of this new venture bringing addiction recovery resources to Zimbabwe.