Who are Aquarius?


0ur mission is to support people to overcome the harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling by providing responsive and effective services.

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.

All of our work to fulfil this mission is underpinned by our core values:

  • Respect for the people who use our services. We listen to you, and respond to your needs.
  • Belief the people have the capacity to change. We support you to reach your potential and lead a fulfilling life.
  • Recognising and valuing diversity, and ensuring equality of access to safe and responsive services.

How we are run

Our services

Our research

Our group

Aquarius is part of the Recovery Focus Group, inspiring recovery together.

Part of something more

Aquarius is part of the Recovery Focus group of charities. We stand by their mission, vision and values.

Group mission

The Recovery Focus mission is inspiring recovery together. This means we believe that with the right support, recovery is achievable for everyone. We don’t give up on people. We work with individuals as equal partners to help you realise your ambitions.

Group vision

The shared Recovery Focus vision is working towards a society that values everyone. This means challenging stigma, and creating opportunities for people to find purpose and fulfilment in their local communities.

Group values

  • Enabling: We take a recovery-focused approach to enable people to identify and achieve their ambitions.
  • Networking: We appreciate we’re rarely the solution on our own. We’re always up for networking  and working in partnership with like-minded organisations and agencies if it means we can provide better services together.
  • Respect: We work with people as equal partners to plan, design and provide support together. We recognise and respect that we all have valuable skills, knowledge, experience and resources that could improve the quality of life for individuals and our communities.
  • Inclusion: We don’t judge; we treat people as individuals not labels. We focus on inclusion and provide integrated, wrap-around support tailored to your personal aspirations.
  • Community: We celebrate and champion the rich diversity of the communities we serve. We challenge stigma and tackle barriers that get in the way of people playing an active role in their own communities.
  • Hope: We believe that recovery in some shape or form is achievable for all and we carry that hope through all our work. We don’t give up on people; we’re tenacious in trying to find solutions that work for you, even when everyone else has walked away.