Tosh’s Story

This is a brief account of Tosh’s relationship with drugs. It’s frank and told in his own words.  Thank you, Tosh, for allowing us to share your story with the wider community and showing that a life without drugs is possible, even for those who never thought it was.

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been a bad kid. I know there was a time I was happy and normal but that was too long ago. I had an unhappy childhood, I was the second child of five. Dad was a pisshead. I’m really not sure of the why but being unhappy must have played its part…

Thank you to our community 2018

TBRP Happy New Year 2019 message envelope graphic

Each year, we send a letter to the Halifax Courier asking them to thank our communities for their support throughout the previous year. Here is a copy of the letter for 2018.

Dear Editor

It’s the time of year that many of us reflect on the year passing, and look forward to what’s in store for the new year. It’s also a time that we at The Basement Recovery Project (TBRP) say thank you to all those who have helped us over the last 12 months to support people who are affected by the illness of addiction.

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Community Learning Works – update

We received a lovely email from Community Learning Works with an update on their project.  We would like to thank them for the thank you and the work that they do.  Here is a copy of their email, we thought it worth sharing far and wide:

Community Learning Works supports people who face the most significant challenges and are furthest away from the job market to get better access to learning opportunities.

We are a partnership of 7 community organisations who offer courses from learning centres and outreach venues across Kirklees:

  • Fusion Housing
  • Paddock Community Trust
  • Crosland Moor Learning Centre
  • Proper Job Theatre Company
  • Ravensthorpe Community Centre
  • Workers Educational Association
  • C&K Careers

Since our launch in September 2017, we have supported over 1000 people to get involved in learning activities. Over 70% of them have gone on to do some further learning. 38% have progressed to formal courses, or have gained work or volunteering placements.

This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of dozens of community groups and organisations who have worked with us to deliver lots of creative, fun and engaging workshops and courses. These activities have been funded through the Community Learning Works small grant fund. People have taken part in a wide range of fun activities including cooking, gardening, crafts, DIY, IT, drama, make up, yoga, self-defence – boosting their confidence and motivating them to learn new skills.

So, a massive thank you to all the groups who have worked with us, including: Yetton Together, Kirkheaton Community Centre, Boothroyd Parents Group, Ravensthorpe Carers Group, Support 2 Recovery, Kirklees Local TV, Salfia Centre, 2020 Foundation, Nature’s Footprints, The Basement Recovery Project, Masoom Care, Grow to School, Ravensthorpe Juniors, Diamond Wood Academy, Brackenhall Trust, Castle Community Hub, Womencentre, Meltham Carlile Centre, Meltham Deacon Close, Global Diversity Positive Action, Oak Primary, Aspire Cooperative Learning Trust, Face Forward, Growing Works, Dalton Community Centre, Action for Children, Batley Smile, Bagshaw Museum, Brunswick Centre, Platform One, Hoot, Circle of Sisters, Honeyzz, Creative Connections, Men’s Talk, Dalton Gospel Choir, Keep it Real, Trillz, Community Skill Centre, Hillhouse Community Centre.

We are working with many more local groups to develop future activities; so, if you are a community group interested in running a learning activity or workshop in your area, we would love to hear from you.

bridget@tslkirklees.org.uk  – 07540434573
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Learners had a fantastic time at crafting sessions run by S2R and the Basement Project recently.  Snow globes, Christmas trees, painted rocks and more were made and learners enjoyed meeting new people.

 

and following the success of these, we have just announced new groups starting 17th January 2019

 

 

From no hope, isolation and loneliness to The Great North Run!

18 months of training with a group of 10 very motivated and hard working runners. All from disadvantaged backgrounds. One fantastic trainer, ex-professional international rugby player, Damian Gibson (DG Ozfit), who was actually one of this year’s local heroes. As a team, we were privileged enough to represent the “Home Run Project” team in the promotional video which was partly aired on the BBC.

#Alcohol Awareness Week 2018

Every day, 20 people die as a result of their drinking. But alcohol harm is not inevitable. This Alcohol Awareness Week communities across the country call for change. Find us at Halifax market all week and at Todmorden market on Thursday.

TBRP Halloween Party 2018

It was fantastic and very heartwarming to see so many old and new faces, all coming together to dance, laugh and sing. The atmosphere was so warm and friendly, which added to the celebration…

CiR – TBRP 3-Peak Challenge

…this was an enduring but enjoyable and memorable experience. And all for a very worthy cause, The Hull and West Yorkshire Interstitial Lung Disease Service where my dad is being treated. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of CIR and a big thanks to Michelle Hanley for the use of the Basement Project’s van!

Allen’s Story

image of Allen from The Basement Recovery Project

If you have been watching Grayson Perry’s ‘Rites of Passage’ on Channel 4, you may have seen Allen featured in episode 4 ‘Coming of Age’.  The programme didn’t have time to explore why people ended up at The Basement Recovery Project and focused on the celebration of recovery.  Allen’s account of his relationship with alcohol is raw, unedited and told in his own words. Thank you, Allen, for allowing us to share your story with the wider community.

Grayson Perry explores coming of age which starts with his visit to the Amazon where he witnesses the Tikuna people celebrate the transition of two girls to adulthood. Thankfully, we don’t do that here and he’s not suggesting we do, but he does think we can take something from it.  He’s even more convinced after talking to London teens and people in recovery at The Basement Project (who he describes as “kidults”) – older people who can’t take responsibility for themselves or their lives.  He sees both groups as reaching the end of one stage of their life and beginning another and wants to mark that in a celebration, something we don’t do enough of in recovery circles.

 

Fiona’s Story

If you have been watching Grayson Perry’s ‘Rites of Passage’ on Channel 4, you may have seen Fiona featured in episode 4 ‘Coming of Age’.

In this episode, Grayson explores coming of age which starts with his visit to the Amazon where he witnesses the Tikuna people celebrate the transition of two girls to adulthood. Thankfully, we don’t do that here and he’s not suggesting we do, but he does think we can take something from it.  He’s even more convinced after talking to London teens and people in recovery at The Basement Project (who he describes as “kidults”) – older people who can’t take responsibility for themselves or their lives.  He sees both groups as reaching the end of one stage of their life and beginning another and wants to mark that in a celebration, something we don’t do enough of in recovery circles.

Fiona’s story briefly touches on the struggles and consequences of addiction and you’ll see why we need to celebrate when we ‘come out the other side’.

 

Oh we do like to be beside the …

A Big, Big Thank you from us, David and Brenda for our enjoyable day trip to Whitby.

Despite the delays on our outbound journey, we had an amazing, non-eventful and fast journey home.

We cannot ever remember seeing as many people in a resort before, quite a contrast to our time there in January! The fact it was annual Regatta Day and the weather was good compensated.

Embarrassing to say negotiating the wall to wall people and the cobbles made us really recognise our ages, Darby and Joan! Our Boat Trip outside the Harbour was recorded on camera, thank you, Gina. Over lunchtime, we found a fishery recommended by Trip Advisor. Both of us voted they were the best fish and chips we’d eaten in years.

We cannot thank the Basement staff enough for the amazing help and the funding which gives such hope to those who have almost lost hope for recovery in Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury, and for everything they have done and do for the families.

David & Brenda

David and Brenda on board with the Basement Recovery Project in Whitby