Aquarius Life is delivered by Aquarius, a Midlands-based charity with over forty years’ experience helping people overcome the harms caused by mental ill health, alcohol, drugs and gambling.
In 2014, through a partnership with a large automotive organisation we began to work to support people in employment that were experiencing issues with alcohol, drugs and gambling. As a result of this partnership, we noticed the prevalence of these issues for people that are in work. We also recognised that very little specialist support is offered by organisations to help people cope with these issues, stay employed and ultimately lead healthy lives. As a result, the Aquarius Life service was born. Aquarius Life offers workplace support to employers to help them support their employees that are dealing with these sorts of issues.
We deliver; strategic support, policy writing and drug testing implementation, training and awareness campaigns as well as 1:1 intervention programmes. All income generated is reinvested into our community services, so has the additional benefit of serving the employer’s Corporate Social Responsibility agenda.
We help employers create a positive culture of wellbeing in the workplace and provide support to managers and leadership and their employees.
We also work with education providers to give them immediate access to a multi-disciplinary team, which can develop tailored solutions to improve the psychological health and wellbeing of pupils and staff.
At Aquarius, we share the vision that individuals, families and communities should have the opportunity to lead full and empowered lives free from the negative influences of alcohol, drugs and gambling.
From the moment we were established in 1977 as part of a Birmingham University research project, we’ve been working to find solutions that work in people’s real lives. We’ve been growing ever since and expanding across the Midlands. We are constantly developing innovative and effective ways to support people, and ensuring that everyone who is affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling can get the support they need.
Our mission is to support people to overcome the harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling by providing responsive and effective services.
Our focus is on helping people understand their behaviours, and finding alternative ways to cope. Our work has always been based on the idea that drinking, drug use, or gambling is an act that someone does to gain, avoid or escape certain things. Behaviour is learned and maintained in the context of each person’s whole life – this means their family, employment, housing, biology, cultural background and other personal and social challenges. We believe that you can resolve your problems with the right support and guidance.
Aquarius has always held the view that people have the ability to find their own solutions to their problems. Our services are underpinned by cognitive behavioural approaches and methodologies. Our support focuses on enabling people to understand and change their behaviour and thought processes, and ultimately achieve their recovery goals.