From Hartlepool to Halifax

Recovery Champions visit TBRP

Recovery champions and staff from Hartlepool’s “Journey to Recovery” support service recently visited TBRP. Here is a press release issued by DISC about their visit:

“Promoting an abstinent lifestyle through mutual support, our group from Hartlepool was really impressed and inspired with the support on offer. Everyone was so welcoming and it was great to see first-hand a service that is being delivered and run by people in recovery and more importantly offering an alternative abstinent lifestyle” said Steve Loxley, project worker who lead the group visit.

“Everyone was so passionate about recovery and the atmosphere within the groups we attended was so positive, we were all really impressed by the way it’s run” Steve added.
The Recovery champions were able to attend some groups on the visit and have taken away some great ideas for groups and activities that they could set up at Hartlepool Journey to Recovery.

“We identified some potential gaps in our service in Hartlepool and we can now hopefully support our Recovery champions in implementing things like; open access breakfast clubs, social evenings, dance and exercise classes. The group and I particularly enjoyed was learning to jive!” said Steve.

At the end of the visit the group were invited to go along to the Lightwater Valley Theme Park with over 70 people in recovery and their families, it was a fantastic day!
With the overall aim of the visit being to learn from the Basement Project we are very pleased to add that they are now going to come over to Hartlepool to support our Recovery champions in replicating some of the projects great ideas.

“It was such a great visit, really inspirational and motivating. It has helped everyone, both staff and our Recovery champions re-focus on recovery and what we can do to promote it and support people here in the Hartlepool community and beyond” added Steve.

Words expressed about the visit to the Basement Project from our peer mentors:

“Inspirational” , “Great atmosphere”, “Passion”,
“Closeness”, “Support”, “Welcoming”

Thank you again to all at the Basement Project, we look forward to working together and having your support in the future in Hartlepool.
Steve.

Article featured in RecoveryTimes issue 5