Celebration of Recovery a huge success
Local people using drug and alcohol support services have enjoyed a ‘Celebration of Recovery’ hosted by Cheshire East Substance Misuse Service.
The service, part of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), held its second annual event to recognise the efforts of staff and service users over the past 12 months.
More than 100 people attended CWP’s Celebration of Recovery at Clonter Opera Theatre in Congleton. The event showcased interactive stalls and a theatre production before the service premiered an inspirational video highlighting its recent work with local people.
Suzanne Jones, Cheshire East Substance Misuse Service Lead, said: “‘The event has been a resounding success, with service users, carers and families enjoying activities alongside our partners and commissioners.
“The aim of this event is to celebrate the successes of our service users on their recovery journeys, as well as the achievements of the service over the past 12 months.”
The highlight of the afternoon was DrugFAM’s adaptation of ‘Mum, Can You Lend Me 20 Quid?’ – a book on addiction by Elizabeth Burton Phillips. Following the production, Elizabeth told the audience: “We’ve held performances in prisons and schools all over the country, but this is the first time we have ever performed specifically for people directly affected by addiction.
“I am honoured to have been able to share my story with people who can relate to addiction, and I think it is fantastic that CWP’s services are celebrating local peoples’ recovery from substance misuse.”
In the last year Cheshire East Substance Misuse Service have worked alongside Acorn Recovery Projects to develop a STAR training programme, which has already helped more than 30 service users achieve a range of qualifications.
The team have also held a number of events, including a ‘Recovery Walk’ in Macclesfield and a ‘Health Yourself’ event for young people in Congleton.
Many of the service’s fantastic achievements were captured in a motivational video promoted at the Celebration of Recovery event, produced in partnership with Acorn Recovery Projects, Catch 22, ROAR (Reach Out And Recover), Intuitive Thinking Skills and BadKamra.
Acorn have extended their service to include RICE (Recovery In Cheshire East) groups in the community and are working with Catch 22 to develop services for young people. CWP’s Substance Misuse Service also plan to pilot Acorn’s ‘Right Start’ programme with Catch 22 in the coming months.
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Photo: CWP’s Suzanne Jones (far left) and author Elizabeth Burton Phillips (far right) with cast and crew of ‘Mum, Can You Lend Me 20 Quid?’