About Us

About Us - Vetruvian ManThe Olive Branch Recovery Communities is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, based in Wirral, UK.

We are a community of people in recovery from addiction of various types whose mission is to encourage self-transcendence for social transformation, helping people to become fulfilled by going beyond themselves in the service of others.

In pursuing this mission we are:

  • promoting the physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing of people in recovery.
  • facilitating the engagement of people in recovery in service to the community in order to advance the healing of the wounds of addiction, to tackle the stigma of addiction and recovery, and to attract those in active addiction into recovery.
  • finding and mobilising local people and assets to support community development.
  • providing programmes that support people to achieve abstinence, consolidate their recovery, and maintain it in the long term.
  • creating space for activities that foster and celebrate sustainable, creative, healthy lifestyles.
  • building an environment in which people in recovery and other members of the local community, especially those who are vulnerable, disenfranchised and isolated, will reach out to one another in a spirit of solidarity, friendship and mutual support.
  • providing accommodation for people to detox successfully, in an environment entirely free from alcohol and drugs.
  • exploring the various theoretical approaches to recovery, initiating a creative dialogue aimed at clarifying and achieving the common purpose.
  • adding to the pool of knowledge and research around recovery by gathering and reporting top-quality, long-term data.


In 2014, The Olive Branch Recovery Communities commissioned an independent review of their work in Wirral from Baseline Research and Development Ltd. A copy of the Baseline report can be found here.


We would like to thank our patrons, supporters, volunteers and friends for all their time, effort and financial help.


Lou McGrath, OBE and Co-Laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Lord Alton of Liverpool
Dr Stefan Janikiewicz


The Olive Branch Recovery Communities are trying to regenerate people. They are doing this by identifying the human assets that exist in every community and bringing them together to find solutions to their problems that a generation of outside professionals have found insoluble. The Olive Branch Project seeks to bring experience, strength and hope to individuals and families in their own communities.

- Mark Gilman, Recovery Lead, Public Health England

It’s made me re-evaluate my life but allowed me not to dwell on my past. I feel I can start a fresh way to live.

- Graduate of the OBRC programme.

The Olive Branch vision is ambitious. It is full of hope, idealism and love. It is the future of Recovery.

- Alistair Sinclair, Director of the UK Recovery Federation

I could go on and on about what I found engaging and exciting [about The Olive Branch Recovery Communities’] proposal.

- William L. White, Emeritus Senior Research Consultant at Chestnut Health Systems/Lighthouse Institute, Florida.
Author of Slaying the Dragon – The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America