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Meet the Team

Our priority at acquiesce is to provide an independent service that is sleek and modern but also warm and caring.

Experienced Addiction Specialists

Our team of trained and experienced staff are all based onsite at our Bolton facility. Here at Acquiesce many of our team have personal experience of addiction and recovery, and are all dedicated to helping you recover from your addiction. Take a look below to read more about our team members.

MEET THE TEAM

Danielle
Robinson

SERVICE MANAGER

Adrian
Guffogg

RECOVERY PRACTITIONER

Tina
Mccoy MBPSSS

SENIOR PRACTITIONER

Amanda
Toole

SUPPORT WORKER

Steven
Downs

RECOVERY PRACTITIONER

Lesley
Kelly

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Carla
Guffogg

SUPPORT WORKER

Danielle Robinson

CQC Registered Service Manager

Danielle began working in the field of addiction over 16 years ago, she has undertaken various roles – as an Administrator, Practitioner, Detox and Rehabilitation Lead, Case Manager and in her last role managed both the Brief Intervention and Harm Reduction Services within community services. At a young age early in her career Danielle recognised that working with individuals suffering from addiction was something that she had a real interest in.

Her first role was as an administrator and receptionist at an NHS community substance misuse service, from working on the reception Danielle found that meeting people suffering with addiction and hearing their stories gave her a real drive to want to help and from there she studied and qualified to be a practitioner. Danielle completed a diploma in Health & Social Care and gained her Substance Misuse Practitioners Awards and from there joined the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners register. Danielle spent over 10 years of her career practicing in various areas within the field, within NHS Harm Reduction Services, Arch Initiatives Criminal Justice Services, BiDAS Case Management Services, Lifeline and also Change Grow Live Brief Intervention Services and Residential Services.

“Working across such a broad spectrum of areas has allowed me to see that although the specific consequence for each individual may differ the common path of addiction sadly remains the same. Addiction is progressive and no one can successfully recover alone.”

Danielle developed her qualifications and completed these alongside working within addiction services. She became degree qualified by completing a BA Hons Combined Social Sciences with a specialism in Sociology. Danielle progressed to management and was able to start to learn how to plan service delivery to enhance patient outcomes, from there she was able to manage teams with a common goal and vision to help addicts to recover. Danielle is driven and dedicated to her work she has a genuine passion for this field and for helping people.

“I feel you need to have a specific nature to work within this field and I personally would not choose to do anything else. It is so rewarding to see a person’s life repair, to see them making positive improvements to break free from addiction and to see them get themselves and their lives back.” In her spare time, Danielle enjoys the gym, hikes, walks, yoga and spending time with her family. Danielle also loves eating out, trying different cuisines and shopping.

Adrian Guffogg

Recovery Practitioner

Adrian has occupied various roles within the field of addiction treatment and is a registered with the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP). Following his own personal journey into recovery, he found a passion for helping others to do the same. He began working as a volunteer for community drug and alcohol services where he quickly recognised that this is where he would like to dedicate his efforts and turn this passion and motivation to help others into a professional capability and career.

Adrian studied to gain his diploma in Health and Social Care, Substance Misuse Practitioners Award and also certified as an addiction specific Behavioural Couple’s Therapist. Adrian’s progression in education, qualification and experience within the field led him to occupy the role of Psychosocial Practitioner for Lifeline, a leading provider of local authority addiction treatment services at that time. Whereby he was responsible for managing a large caseload of clients and supporting their pathways to recovery through evidence based psychosocial interventions delivered in both group and 1-1 settings.

“To watch and support an individual go from the lost, lonely and fearful place of addiction into a journey of recovery with a new and regained sense of hope, self-worth and direction is so rewarding and an honour and privilege to be a part of.”

Other roles included Adrian being recruited to be a key part of a small team that was implemented and commissioned by Bolton council to work with more complex individuals who were experiencing combined issues of substance misuse, mental health, criminal justice and housing. The role involved both front line client interventions and also the coordination of multiagency working. The team was recognised for its work and won an award for its services at the iNetwork awards 2017.

“I truly believe that provided with the right environment and the correct therapeutic support and guidance that any individual can move from the darkness of addiction into the light of recovery and live and enjoy life to their full potential”

Adrian is a certified FDAP Practitioner

Tina Mccoy MBPSS

Senior Practitioner

Tina is a member of the British Psychological Society and has a First Class, Double Honours Degree in Psychology and Community Studies from the University of Bolton. She has been a vital member of the Acquiesce team since the beginning and holds a strong passion for the field of addiction. Tina began her journey in this area with the Bolton Drug and Alcohol Service, where she gained vital experience and expertise working with addiction in a community setting. During this time, she served as a Psychosocial Intervention Practitioner before joining Acquiesce.

As our Senior Practitioner, she has extensive experience in co-ordinating the recovery journey of our residents and families affected by substance misuse and affiliated issues and we are so happy to have her on our team. Tina is a forward thinker and skilled in the delivery of a variety of interventions, techniques and approaches to support the recovery process. She is also an esteemed graduate member of the British Psychological Society and is talented in understanding the workings of the addicted brain. She refuses to let our residents go through the treatment programme without addressing each aspect of their behavioural issues. She is very committed to enabling people to grow and attain effective long-term personal development. Along with her other qualifications Tina is a Member of the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP) and holds an NCFE Substance Misuse and Mental Health Award.

“Having the privilege of helping individuals and families through the recovery process is one of the most rewarding feeling I have ever experienced.”

Tina is absolutely devoted to helping our residents achieve sobriety, and to educate and direct their affected families through the healing process. She firmly believes that everyone’s path to recovery is unique and this is fully embraced, in the treatment programme, here at Acquiesce. She is often heard telling others, “this is not a job ……... it is a calling.”

In her free time, Tina loves travelling with her family and going on long walks with her adorable Yorkshire Terrier, Benji. She enjoys yoga and meditating and you will often find her sharing her passion of meditation and positive affirmations with the residents.

Tina is a certified FDAP Practitioner

Amanda Toole

Support Worker

Amanda has a degree in Criminological and Forensic Psychology, from the University of Bolton.

As a vital member of the team, we are pleased to have Amanda provide valued support for the residents of Acquiesce. Amanda’s passion for helping people in addiction came from her time with the Bolton Drug and Alcohol team. She is dedicated to assisting people overcome addiction and supporting them to rebuild their lives on a foundation of health, well-being and spirituality. Through an individualised process, Amanda collaborates with her team daily to provide the best possible care and support.

‘My greatest reward from working at Acquiesce is hearing that the individuals are sober and thriving back home with their families. They change so dramatically and rediscover their sense of purpose.’

Amanda brings a solid understanding of addiction recovery, a depth of creativity in supporting individuals in addiction, and a deep, warm compassion and interest in helping people achieve their potential. It is her goal to empower residents in supporting them as they search for connection, hope, fulfilment and success. The residents of Acquiesce greatly benefit from her expertise and skill throughout their journey of healing and recovery.

Amanda particularly looks forward to welcoming residents when they first enter treatment and has the ability to make them feel safe, relaxed and comfortable as they begin their recovery journey. You will often hear Amanda say, ‘I love what I do and do what I love.’ Amanda enjoys spending most of her free time with her family doing outdoor activities. One of her hobbies is going for long walks with her children and beloved dog.

Steven Downs

Recovery Practitioner

Steven began his career in the field of addiction treatment services in 2011 as a volunteer, working for ADS in Wigan. Steven’s passion and dedication was quickly rewarded by gaining the position of mentor coordinator. “Having battled addiction myself it soon became apparent that I had found my vocation in helping others to rebuild their lives and become the best version of themselves”

Prior to joining the Acquiesce team in June 2018 Steven worked for the Community Drug Team in Bolton for six years, working for Arch Initiatives, Lifeline Projects, CGL and the Big Life Group. During this time Steven worked with clients at all levels, ranging from brief advice, to the most vulnerable in the community as part of the assertive outreach team. Whilst working for the Community Drug Team Steven was tasked with many specialist projects, including setting up, and establishing SMART recovery, building relationships with local employers, and founding a new service user group which organised dry nights in the local area.

“Learning to socialise in a safe space is an integral part of the recovery process. I am very proud of the part I played in building a thriving recovery Community here in Bolton.”

Steven is a Member of the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners and degree level qualified. Additionally Steven hold 2 diploma’s one in Health and Social Care and another in Counselling Concepts. Steven’s journey with Acquiesce commenced in January 2017 as a sessional worker employed to deliver the SMART Recovery programme:

“For me Acquiesce was like a breath of fresh air, offering 12 step combined with a variety of CBT approaches including SMART recovery. The prospect of working in an urban setting with a unique programme provided me with the opportunity to use my experience and skillset to the best advantage”Steven is the latest member to join the Acquiesce team and like his fellow colleagues he is devoted to creating a safe, caring environment, where our residents can feel welcomed, enabling them to flourish in their recovery.Steven’s passion for recovery is infectious and he is always prepared to go the extra mile for the residents. Steven has a personal love when it comes to expanding his mind on the latest addiction research.

Steven is a certified FDAP Practitioner

Lesley Kelly

Lesley Kelly is a fully insured Yoga Instructor qualifying under the bodies of Yoga alliance and Independent Yoga Network and teaches in the North West.

Lesley was first drawn to meditation and working with the breath to deal with stress and an inability to feel centred and calm. This naturally lead her on to her yoga path and Lesley focuses deeply on the relation, steadiness, and harmony of body and mind that yoga has to offer.

Yoga helps you reconnect with thoughts through stilling the mind to observe what you are thinking. The breath work helps the nervous system because if you can connect and slow down the breath, messages to the brain say ‘I am calm’.

The physical, slow and deliberate movements offered in a Yoga class brings you back into awareness of your body and all the above help to anchor you into the present moment.

Lesley teaches yoga to staff and clients working in private and NHS mental health in the surrounding area and finds it a meaningful way to deliver her classes. Lesley does a lot of work in the community and also teaches in Universities, behavioural units, mental health units and the bigger gyms like DW and Total Fitness.

Carla Guffogg

Carla shares Acquiesce’s passion for helping people affected by addiction.

Carla studied at Preston College where she gained qualifications in Mental Health, Well-being and Substance Misuse. In recovery herself, her journey with Acquiesce started when she began to volunteer in order to help individuals on the road to recovery. Carla never gave up on her dream of pursuing a career within the field of addiction and recently joined the team as a Support Worker.

Her love of assisting people has provided her with a depth of expertise in helping our residents reach their potential. Carla has volunteered for the Amy Winehouse Foundation and the Resilience Project. During her time as a volunteer she has helped both children in schools and recovering individuals to build resilience and happiness.

Treatment at Acquiesce is tailored to each resident’s individual needs and Carla strongly believes.

“Everyone who enters our treatment programme is capable of positive change.”

As part of her role Carla strives to facilitate the resident’s transition into the life of recovery and guide them on to a path of independence. Her motivational abilities are valued by the residents and staff alike.

When she is not working Carla enjoys the gym, long walks, nature and spending time with family and friends. Acquiesce is grateful to have a passionate and dedicated member on the team who is always on hand to guide our residents on their journeys to recovery.

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