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Linden Grove Abstinence-Support Hostel







Linden Grove Abstinence-Support Hostel
John Kitchen Centre
22 Linden Grove
London SE15 3LF


T: 020 7277 6264

Manager: Vincent Mahe

At Linden Grove, we offer a supportive, non-judgemental, safe, sober and clean environment where individuals can begin to rebuild their lives without alcohol or drugs. Residents typically stay between three and six months.
The hostel has 25 single rooms (16 en-suite) and is staffed 24/7.
The Linden Grove Abstinence-Support Hostel has a zero tolerance policy regarding the use of alcohol or any illegal or illicit drug.

Our objectives

The Hostel aims to support men/women who have detoxified from substances by providing…

■ accommodation and full board
■ support to enable those who are motivated to remain abstinent and to build on gains made through and beyond detox.


On admission, each resident is assigned a key-worker and agrees an individualised support plan. Residents meet with their key-workers at least once a week and get help…

■ registering with a GP and accessing primary care services, e.g. dentist, hospital screenings etc
■ keeping appointments, with doctors, hospitals, courts (accompanied on request)
■ accessing statutory entitlements, e.g. benefits
■ exploring social, cultural, educational and leisure outlets
■ addressing any other presenting needs and/or issues
■ looking at and making plans for the most appropriate onward move, either within Kairos services or outside


The Linden Grove Abstinence-Support Hostel offers a wide range of group activities, including:

■ a daily house meeting
■ community meeting
■ reflection/meditation groups
■ in-house 12-Step meetings
■ life-skills workshops
■ educational groups around addiction and recovery
■ sobriety coaching

Rooms are available to residents for meetings with relevant others, such as care manager, recovery mentor, adult family member, friend etc. (There is a no-children policy operating in the hostel.)


Manager: Vincent Mahe (Level 5 Health & Social Care).  Assistant Manager: Danny Cruse (Level 3 Health & Social Care).

Counsellors:  Rachel Johnson (Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling);  Angela McCulloch (Lead Counsellor) (Level 6 Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice; CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling); Ian West (MBACP, Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling), part-time. 

Support workers:  Tim Ash;  Hester Bell (Level 3 Health & Social Care), part-time;  Mark Cullen (full-time night worker); Reggie El MouddenShalomi GilpinMick McCulloch (Level 3 Health & Social Care);  Bruce Morris (Level 3 Health & Social Care), part-time.

Catering:  Sandra Ginnelly;  Angelina Graham, part-time.

Volunteers:  Peter Harris (Complementary therapy and wellness);  David Lewis (Catering)


Referrals can be taken from the applicant’s social worker, doctor, welfare worker (e.g. at hostels, day centres etc). People can also self-refer.

Initial referral by phone is preferred.

All prospective residents are assessed for suitability for the hostel.

On admission, each person signs an Excluded Licence Agreement. Random drug and alcohol testing is carried out at the discretion of staff. Positive tests result in immediate exclusion.


Kairos actively supports and facilitates inter agency cooperation and engagement in order to better meet the needs of our clients.

Kairos also accepts and supports working arrangements with another relevant services provider that a resident may have in place before coming to Kairos Linden Grove, e.g. with probation, a counsellor etc.


Housing benefit is applied for on admission with help of a support worker.