How we started


ESRA was started in 2012 by volunteers who were in recovery. It became apparent from the numbers of people using the service that this was a very valuable support service and the only service of its type.


ESRA was formally registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2014. Formal management, including a CEO and hub manager were put in place to support the growing demand of the recovery services.


ESRA was registered as a charity [Number 1179560] in 2018. It is still led by a CEO and a group of trustees. ESRA still has an active group of volunteers who are all in recovery.


ESRA is a county-wide service with recovery hubs in Hastings and Eastbourne. Support is available to anyone who is already in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

We know that people recover in different ways and we are open-minded about how people do that.


On the 31st May 2023 ESRA no longer works from the café north in Eastbourne. ESRA is continuing to offer support from our Hastings hub to everyone across East Sussex.