Getting support

Stockport Triage Assessment Referral Team (START)

START offer adults aged 26 and over a free confidential service to access alcohol and/or drug support.

The team will talk to you on a one-to-one basis. They'll make sure they understand your needs so they can guide you towards the support or treatment that's best for you. You can also call them if you'd like more information or advice.

START operates from several locations in Stockport, including Fred Perry House. The service operates:

  • Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 5pm
  • Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • evening appointments are also available

Contact details:


MOSAIC is a free and confidential support service for anyone under the age of 25 who need:

  • help with drug and alcohol issues
  • support to cope with parents who misuse substances

Services include:

  • counselling
  • substitute prescriptions
  • complementary therapies. For example; massage, reflexology and acupuncture
  • confidential support in schools to help young people speak freely
  • support for young people and adults worried about a friend or relatives substance use

Contact details:

  • call: 0161 218 1100
  • address: Central House, Grand Central, Stockport, SK1 3TA


Pathfinder Stockport is provided by Pennine Care NHS Trust. The service helps adults aged 26 and over to set goals to successfully recover from drug and alcohol misuse.

Services include:

  • prescribing and community detox
  • care plan
  • group work, providing peer support and peer challenges
  • partnerships with Change, Grow, Live Stockport (CGL) below
  • intuitive thinking skills
  • one-to-one support
  • links to mutual aid groups and wider organisations

Access to the service is through the START team. Call 0161 474 3141.

If you’re already in treatment, Pathfinder can be contacted on 0161 716 4000.

Change, Grow, Live Stockport (CGL)

CGK are committed to reducing harm, promoting recovery and challenging inequalities.

They work with adults aged 26 and over, their families and local communities to help tackle substance misuse and create positive outcomes.

They do this through:

  • engagement and outreach
  • workshops and training sessions
  • peer support and mutual aid
  • one-to-one support
  • complimentary therapies
  • needle and syringe exchanges
  • support for family and friends
  • education, training and employment
  • recovery groups
  • specialist onward referrals

The CGL service is split into 2 teams:

  1. early intervention
  2. recovery

Early Intervention Team

The Early Intervention Team helps anyone who needs:

  • help to address their alcohol and drug use
  • short term support or treatment

Help may be in the form of a one off intervention or several sessions with a member of the team.

The service also provides support to those concerned about other people’s alcohol and drug use. It helps people:

  • understand the issues
  • develop coping mechanisms
  • to support their loved ones

This service also makes sure that needle exchanges are available throughout the borough.

Recovery Team

The Recovery Team helps anyone who needs:

  • support when they're ready to leave treatment
  • support to maintain their goals or get back on track

They focus on the needs of the user. Support available includes:

  • having someone to talk to or a place to go at a difficult time
  • helping people into education or employment
  • helping with housing or any other issues

This service also provides additional support via a network of volunteers.

Access to the service is through the START team. Call 0161 474 3141.

If you’re already receiving support from CGL call 0161 474 1343.