Ara is a registered charity formed in 1987 by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. It is estimated that Ara has helped over 40,000 people with alcohol, drug, gambling and mental health issues and has saved an estimated £50 million in costs to the community.
Over many years Ara has provided structured treatment, counselling, housing support, education, training and employment guidance as well as many other interventions to promote recovery and a healthier life.
Today Ara is a major provider of supported housing services in Bristol as a partner in the Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drugs Service (ROADS). Ara has an extensive and expanding service providing counselling and support for problem gamblers.