The Walk to Freedom Foundation believes in its services and we challenge some of the more dated approaches to drug and/or alcohol dependency, training and adolescent antisocial behaviour in relation to gangs, knife crime and adolescent drug abuse. By thinking differently with our newly designed and innovative programmes, workshops and mentoring, The Walk To Freedom Foundation is in a class of its own delivering a quality service to the local community and nationwide based on the needs of its clients, not on what we think they need.
Referrals are received from the youth offender and probation services, education authorities, corporate employers and self referrals.
Founded in 2011, we are run by a team of highly trained and qualified staff, many of whom are able to draw upon personal experience of conquering dependency. Indeed, our team’s capacity to directly empathise with the complex challenges facing users provides our programmes with a unique perspective.
a bitter sweet success story of the Walk to freedom foundation
Mark Clarke, founding CEO, struggled with dependency for more than 20 years. He suffered in many ways, sometimes finding himself in prison or on a psychiatric ward. Finally, Mark found freedom during an intensive 16-month rehabilitation programme, which led to him discovering a passion to draw upon his experience to help others.
Mark’s subsequent research and training led to him to working alongside drug and alcohol users to develop a pioneering approach to recovery that is focused on understanding the complexities of dependency from the user’s perspective.
As a result, Mark and his team have been able to help hundreds of users by enabling them to explore the question: ‘Why do I use when I don’t want to use?’ Answering this question – with bravery and honesty – is often the first significant step in the walk to freedom.
What Makes the Walk to Freedom foundation Unique?
What makes the Walk to Freedom Foundation unique is that firstly it has not only been built upon the life experiences of the founding CEO but also the life experiences of every single dependent service user he ever came across and their families alongside other practitioners in the service who themselves were drug or alcohol dependant.
Through investigating the Psychosocial Disorder for young people, we have identified the growing issue of what we call Peer Group and Social Interaction Identity Formations, meaning that some young people form their identities through peer group relationships and social interaction that take them away from discovering their own identity through the journey of adolescence.
The Walk to Freedom Foundation mentoring programme assesses the identity formations of its clients and empowers them toward discovering their own identity and individuality and goals to life by using what we call a Care Fronting Approach
Why is the Walk to Freedom foundation Needed?
The Walk to Freedom Foundation has identified the problems of a person not completing their recovery by conducting extensive independent questionnaires with service users to assess the issues relating to recovery failure and relapse. From our findings the Walk to Freedom Foundation developed its Dependency Support Programme to complete and fill in the gaps necessary for a person to become and remain free from their dependency.
This programme is flexible enough to work alongside any other recovery programme as again it completes a person’s recovery and therapeutic path way to freedom and independence. The Walk to Freedom Foundation's uniqueness is carried over because it explores with the client the complex issue and character defects that are adopted whilst in dependency to help them answer the critical question on every problematic user’s mind of “why do I use when I don’t want to use and when I shouldn’t use I still do?
Through the CEO's personal life as a user and as a practitioner, he found when it came to support for families or organisations who have dependency issues within its community there was a lack of understanding and help for them to be able to understand the user and how to engage with one on either a community level or a personal one. This belief would also extend to the young people he would meet through his community ties with other organisations, that in this day and age there needed to be a much more direct and rigorous approach to the issues that young people are having to face today.