Trevi House

Founded by Roma French, Trevi provides a pioneering residential rehabilitation programme for women together with their children, with drug and alcohol dependency issues.

Trevi works alongside other organisations in the city including:

  • Hamoaze House
  • Harbour
  • Longreach House
  • Plymouth Refuge
  • Nomony Children’s Centre
  • Shekinah 

Our partnership

The University of Plymouth partners with Trevi House and other community partners to apply our world-class research expertise and knowledge, and enable much needed student volunteers, in turn adding value to the student experience. To date this has focused upon disciplines such as social work, occupational therapy, early childhood studies and psychology, but is developing in other areas including a ‘Food as a Lifestyle Motivator’ research project with Dr Claire Pettinger.

A representative of the University of Plymouth's senior leadership team is a Trustee of Trevi House.

Supporting our community 

The University's Faculty of Science and Engineering have a 'Faculty Craft Group' which meets on a Tuesday lunchtime. The team has supported Trevi House for a number of years by making much needed baby hats, booties, blankets and teddies, mostly for new born babies, as well as making cushion covers, donating books and fundraising. 

Sunflower Recovery Project 

This project will add value to the work already being carried out at Trevi House and Longreach (a woman only drug and alcohol rehab) and fund vitally needed additional support for women as they leave rehab and begin their life in the community, as well as assist women to set up a craft based social enterprise. Dr Clare Pettinger is a member of the Project Steering Group, building on her active engagement with Trevi House participants in her 'Food as a Lifestyle Motivator' research project workshops. Her findings were presented as a paper at the 2016 Critical Dietetic Conference in Granada, Spain 'Food Narratives from Women in Recovery (from Alcohol and Substance Abuse)'. 

Find out more about this project

Internet access enabled for residents 

Thanks to the kindness of XMA who provide innovative IT solutions to the University's Technology and Information Services team, Trevi families are now able to use the internet whilst in residence, using tablets that the company has donated.