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Building Recovery Networks in West Yorkshire

Whilst many were out and about preparing for Christmas, on a cold night in early December, people came together from all over West Yorkshire for the inaugural meeting of the West Yorkshire Recovery Federation. The event had been organised by Michelle Foster, in conjunction with representatives of the UK Recovery Federation.

Me, Me, Me! – A Personal Story

I’ve been to a fair few AA meetings now. One of the most challenging concepts I’ve had to embrace is that I am no different to anyone else in recovery. I am an alcoholic. I am just an alcoholic.

From the age of three years old, I’ve had a number of psychiatric diagnoses, ranging from childhood psychosis, ADHD and bipolar disorder. I was therefore brought up ’different’ and have only known myself as being different. I was an intelligent child, yet I had a true inability to get along with my peers – a very low emotional IQ. My mood was either ecstatic or depressed. There was never an in-between. When someone first insinuated that I had ‘terminal uniqueness’ shining out of me, I was horrified. I was angry.

TBRP Receives Royal Seal of Approval

THE BASEMENT RECOVERY PROJECT RECEIVES ROYAL SEAL OF APPROVAL The Duke of York’s Community Initiative held its annual award ceremony at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate on Tuesday 11th Oct 2011. The Duke of York visited Yorkshire to present the Awards personally to Yorkshire organisations that have transformed the lives of their community.

Project Development Worker

• The primary role is to develop and co-ordinate the capacity of substance users to contribute to their own welfare and recovery from substance related harms as part of an expanding programme of self-help activities.
• To work proactively and effectively with commissioners, providers and other stakeholders who contribute to Kirklees substance misuse treatment system, to ensure that substance users are getting the best possible outcomes.
• To assist in developing the capacity of the self-help organisation to become self-sustaining.
• To support and manage the members of the self-help groups within The Project and the activities they are involved in.
• To support and develop a team of volunteers to deliver engagement sessions and structured recovery programmes.

Recovery Coach

• The primary role is to develop and co-ordinate the capacity of substance misusers to contribute to their own welfare and recovery from substance related harms.
• To work proactively and effectively with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that substance users are getting the best possible outcomes.
• To promote person-centred positive recovery life-styles.
• Help clients develop the skills to achieve drug/ alcohol-free lifestyles.
• Develop clients’ motivation to achieve drug/alcohol free lifestyles.
• Assist clients to take advantage of a range of health and social well-being services, and encourage clients to access a range of support groups and organisations.

After Care Worker

• The primary role is to develop and co-ordinate the capacity of substance misusers to contribute to their own welfare and recovery from substance related harms as part of an expanding programme of self help activities.
• To work proactively and effectively with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that substance users are getting the best possible outcomes.
• Help clients develop the skills to achieve drug/ alcohol free lifestyles.
• Develop clients’ motivation to achieve drug/ alcohol free lifestyles.
• Assist clients to take advantage of a range of health and social well-being services.
• Encourage clients to take advantage of support groups and organisations

Residential Support Assistant

• To organise and facilitate the day-to-day running of the therapeutic community in Calderdale.
• To co-ordinate the residents’ tasks and activities and to provide assistance and support to sessional workers.
• To work within the team responsible for the implementation, development, and evaluation of the core therapeutic programme to ensure that residents’ care plan targets are being met.

Sessional Support Workers

• To facilitate the day-to-day running of the therapeutic community in Calderdale.
• To co-ordinate the residents’ tasks and activities and to provide assistance and support to lead support worker.
• To work within the team responsible for the implementation, development, and evaluation of the core therapeutic programme to ensure that residents’ care plan targets are being met.

Jobs – Office Administrator

• To provide a link between the Project Manager, Professionals working within the team, and other agencies
• To provide a full administrative service to the Project Manager, Recovery Team and Board
• To take day to day responsibility for the project base
• To support the publicity and marketing of the services of the Project both internally and externally