TBRP Latest Timetables 2022

Here are the most up to date timetables for Calderdale, Kirklees and Mutual Aid meetings. You can download and print your own copy or ask for one at your nearest recovery hub.

Damian’s Recovery Story

Don’t think it can’t happen to you! Imagine taking your A-levels while physically addicted to heroin, let alone being admitted to an inpatient detox the same week as your A-Level results are due. Read Damian’s story of how he managed to quit 21 years later …

A Service of Remembrance

We are holding a service of remembrance in memory of those lost in recent years to mental health and addiction issues. It would be great if you could join us during this time of reflection to come together as a community…

Supporting The Maggie Oliver Foundation

Next month, 10 CiR members will embark on a three-day cycling event – travelling 126 miles from Liverpool to Leeds along the canal towpath. The route will see the team travel through Wigan, Blackburn, Burnley and Skipton before reaching Leeds basin on the final day of the trip – Wednesday 30th March.

Julie’s Recovery Story

As the rest of the world waits to get back to ‘normal’ as we come through the Covid pandemic, some of us are taking life-changing actions.  Congratulations to Julie for reaching 8 months sober and thank you for sharing your story with us. #RecoveryContagion

How to have a conversation about alcohol

Advert for free Alcohol Brief Interventions Training

Brief intervention for alcohol misuse training

“having a word” at the right time – can be effective in making people reconsider their drinking behaviour and cut their alcohol intake significantly.

Alcohol consumption has increased by almost 20% in the last 30 years and alcohol-related conditions cost the NHS over £2.7bn annually.  Lost productivity due to alcohol use costs the UK economy more than £7bn each year with an estimated 167,000 working years lost.

The cost to Calderdale health services and employers is significant.

In Calderdale, it is estimated that there are:

  • 103,277 Low risk drinkers
  • 27,749 Increasing risk drinkers
  • 9,049 Higher risk drinkers
  • 2,500 Dependent drinkers

Of these, there would be:

  • 32,637 Binge Drinkers

Alcohol features in approximately 50% of Child in Need assessments in Calderdale.

So how do you “have a word”?

A brief intervention is a structured conversation between a health care professional/employer and a client/employee.  They are designed to motivate the individual to change their drinking behaviour.   This free training course is aimed at anyone, especially those who work with adults or families or who work in human resources.

Covered in this course

  • Facts about alcohol, myths, units and safe limits
  • The physical effects of alcohol both short term and long term
  • Definitions such as binge drinking, high risk and dependency
  • Brief Interventions
  • Support available and how to refer to local services
  • Useful tools and resources to support training

Planned Learning Outcomes

  1. Boost skills and confidence in talking with service users about alcohol use
  2. Recognise the effects of alcohol use and the impact on health;
  3. Tailor advice and use an evidence based-screening tool to identify problematic alcohol use in your role;
  4. Apply simple tools that may trigger change;
  5. Identify relevant support services in Calderdale.

Book Your Place for any of the following dates: 

New Dates for 2022

  • 11th January 2022 1pm – 3pm
  • 17th March 2022 9am – 12pm
  • 14th June 2022 1pm – 3pm
  • 13th September 2022 1pm – 3pm
  • 15th November 2022 1pm – 3pm

To book, please use the Contact Us form and specify you would like to attend the ABI training, which date and for how many people.   Or email Kev Sheils direct or phone the office on 01422 383063.

If you would like us to run a session for your management teams at your business premises, please get in touch via the contact details above and we will be happy to arrange this for you.

For those who work with or provide a service for children, young people, their families and adults at risk or in need of support services in Calderdale you can also register directly on the “Enable” platform: https://calderdalescp.vc-enable.co.uk/register

Community Foundation for Calderdale – Volunteer of the Year Winner

Our Community Coordinator Kev Sheils is recognised by the region as he’s presented with CFFC’s 2021 ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award

On the evening of 25th November, team members from The Basement Recovery Project attended the Community Foundation for Calderdale’s annual Community Spirit awards ceremony at The Venue in Barkisland. The event celebrates the continual hard work of Calderdale’s voluntary sector and recognises both individual and team achievements from charities and not-for-profits across the area.

Last night spotlighted some of the incredible work that’s been carried out over the last 12 months to support local people and provide vital services in what’s been a particularly challenging period. Rather than limiting the community’s resources, the COVID-19 pandemic in fact ignited Calderdale’s organisations to tap into the true values of Yorkshire Grit and go above and beyond to respond. The awards last night were a true testament to this.

Among those celebrated at the ceremony was none other than our very own Kev Sheils, The Basement Recovery Project’s Community Coordinator who received the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award. Kev works tirelessly to ensure that there’s an all-inclusive community offering that’s accessible to all residents who want to connect with like-minded people and build their support network. Recognising the importance of physical health on our overall wellbeing, Kev introduced the Couch to 5k Programme which has seen many community members graduate by completing their timed 5k Park Runs. When lockdown hit, Kev quickly responded and developed a remote ‘R.I.O.T’ (Running Is Our Therapy) group so that people could still exercise, connect and share their results online with the group. Kev also qualified as a Personal Trainer during the pandemic and now runs twice-weekly gym sessions at our Halifax hub, helping people set and achieve their personal fitness goals. Kev’s work raises a huge amount of awareness in the wider community and has had a significant impact on reducing the stigma that so often comes with addiction to drugs and alcohol.

More recently, Kev has been liaising with the Prison and Probation Services across Calderdale and Kirklees; connecting with offenders and offering them hope that freedom from addiction is possible no matter what adversities we face in life.

Kev said of his award,

“It’s weird because what I do is what I love doing and I’m rewarded every day as it gives me chance to be a valuable member of society. But it was really humbling to be nominated and I’m grateful I can show people that it’s possible to turn your life around when you accept some help. The power in the room at the event was something else. Hundreds of us coming together who all just genuinely want to give back. It was really special.”

Speaking of his achievement, The Basement’s CEO Michelle Foster said,

“We’re just so proud of Kev for everything he’s achieved and continues to achieve. Kev and his family are an asset to our recovery community and offer inspiration to so many people around them.”

From all of us at The Basement Recovery Project and the Calderdale in Recovery community, a massive thanks to our true community champion for all that you do. Well done Kev!!
A huge well done too to all the nominees and winners of last night’s awards. Events like these make us proud to be part of such a strong, supportive community and we look forward to next year.

 

 

Read Kev’s original story here.

Rosie’s Recovery Story

Thank you to Rosie for writing and sharing her recovery story with us.  The Covid pandemic has tested us all. To be 8 months into recovery is a wonderful achievement and now, just as Tom showed you it was possible, you are now showing others.  Well done! #RecoveryContagion

Queen’s Award Presentations

Following our announcement of TBRP being awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June, we were recently honoured to have had not one, but two visits and presentations to receive the award crystal and certificate.

Sam’s Recovery Story

Thank you to Sam for writing and sharing his recovery story with us. The challenges over the past 12 months have been difficult for everyone but changing your whole life around and remaining in recovery is an amazing effort. Well done Sam!

Gilly’s Recovery Story

After being admitted to hospital for physical alcohol problems; I knew I couldn’t get better on my own. I registered with CRS to get some help and started groups in Todmorden…

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

It’s Volunteers Week and what could be more appropriate than to be recognised at the highest level with a royal award – The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Well done and a huge thank you to all our volunteers, especially through the past 12 months of a global pandemic.

Partnership goes green for mental health awareness week

WY&H HCP is funding 10 Green Social Prescribing Projects, which help connect people to nature to improve their mental and physical health. TBRP is regenerating a disused and neglected piece of land in an area of deprivation…

Kelly’s Recovery Story

Kelly - 18 months sober from alcohol addiction.

Thank you to Kelly for writing and sharing her recovery story with us.  She’s shown true grit and determination to become sober after a lifelong relationship with alcohol.  Recognising that “You never fail until you stop trying” gave her the courage to seek further support from TBRP.

“I was 11 when I first started drinking. I turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism from an early age to deal with childhood trauma. I’d seen my family members use alcohol to cope with the day to day so in a way, it was sort of ingrained in me that alcohol would help.” …

Congratulations to Kelly who recently celebrated 1 year sober!

 

Calderdale Recovery Steps is Moving – Many Paths. One Door.

We are pleased to announce The Calderdale Recovery Steps service will soon be under one roof providing closer integration between the two partner organisations, The Basement Recovery Project and Humankind.

Zoe’s Recovery Story

It was after a few years of using other substances that things started to get problematic. My spending started to get out of control and I was selling my possessions to buy drugs…

Recognise, Value, Change – Embed

In partnership with Active Calderdale

Why does the basement project value physical activity?

When you’ve been in addiction for 15,20 or 30 years you don’t even know who you are or what you like or what you don’t like. So what we do is give people the space and the opportunity to discover what they like and what they don’t like or who they are and who they’re not and sport and activity is used as a tool to do that, discovering who you are.

Recovery for me is very much a model of kinship, common purpose between people and sport and exercise is a perfect place for that kinship to take place.

Before we got involved with Active Calderdale we knew that physical activity was especially relevant in somebody’s wellbeing – getting well from addictions. Our structured programme focuses on the four elements of spiritual, physical, emotional and mental and whilst we can directly address the physical through sport or being active, what it also does is touch on the spiritual, the mental and the emotional as well.

We also invite people in from the outside from the community and that in itself shows those guys out there that recovery is here, that people do get well and give back to that community, and what’s been great about the initiative with the council is that, I think around 25 to 30 per cent of the people involved in it are coming from outside our recovery community to get involved. That’s really important because without that we don’t break stigma…

Alex’s Recovery Story

Thank you to Alex for writing and sharing his recovery story with us.  He’s shown us that recovery is possible no matter the obstacles – not even a worldwide pandemic.   We hope you find his story inspiring and it gives you the confidence to get in touch with us to see how we may be able to help you.  When the pain of using becomes greater than the pain of not using, it’s time to get help. We can’t make that call for you, but we can help you every step of the way after that.

“If I hadn’t got that identification and connection with people who understood addiction from the start of my engagement with The Basement, I’d be alone, isolated and at risk. If I was on my own in my recovery, I wouldn’t have been able to start to repair relationships with the people I care so much about. Being around other recovering addicts is teaching me honesty and humility that I wouldn’t have had without a network of peers around me.” …

 

Kate’s Story

We are grateful to Kate (name changed) for writing and sharing her story about her relationship with alcohol and the journey into recovery.  We hope you find her story inspiring and it gives you the confidence to get in touch with us to see how we may be able to help you.  As we always say, we can’t make that call for you, but we can help you every step of the way after that.  If Kate can do this, so too can you!

“I’d been drinking in the afternoon at work and shortly after I arrived home from picking my son up from school, the police came to my house. I was breathalysed, significantly over the limit and they arrested me. Spending a night in a police cell was something I never thought I’d experience.” …

 

Danny’s Story

We are grateful to Danny for writing and sharing his addiction recovery story with us.  We hope you find his story inspiring and it gives you the confidence to get in touch with us to see how we may be able to help you.  As we always say, we can’t make that call for you, but we can help you every step of the way after that.  If Danny can do it, you can do it!

“I’d lost all control over any substances that came my way. I’d take anything and everything. I lived in chaos wherever I went and all aspects of my life were impacted by my using and drinking. Ketamine was a big issue too and very quickly affected my physical health in addition to my already deteriorating mental wellbeing.” …

 

Health and Wellbeing Resources for Families – Covid-19

We know this is a worrying time for everyone.

Helping children and young people cope with the information and changes related to the Coronavirus can be a huge challenge. From school closures and social distancing to increased awareness of infection and hygiene, there is a lot for children and families to process.

This guide brings together trustworthy information and resources to support you and your family during these difficult times.  This information was provided by Healthy Futures Calderdale.

A PDF version can be downloaded here – COVID-19 HEALTH AND WELLBEING RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES PDF

Local health and wellbeing support

Calderdale Community MidwiferySupport from the Calderdale community midwifery teamFor non-urgent queries: 01422 261364

https://www.cht.nhs.uk/services/
clinical-services/maternity-services

Calderdale Public Health Early Years’ Service (PHEYS)Support from the Health Visiting Team, breastfeeding support, maternal mental health, and support in pregnancy and for children from birth to 5 years.To speak to a health visitor: 030 0304 5076

“Calderdale Health Visiting” on Facebook

Healthy Early Years CalderdaleAn online health and wellbeing guide for parents of children aged birth to five yearshttp://www.healthyearlyyears.co.uk/
Healthy Futures CalderdaleHealth and wellbeing advice, support, signposting and referral service from public health nurses for school-aged children and their families.

NEW Chat Health confidential secure text messaging service, launches 27th April 2020

To speak to a nurse: 030 3330 9974

“Healthy Futures Calderdale” on social media

Young people’s service: text 07480 635297 Parents and carers service: text 07507 332157

Safeguarding CalderdaleAdvice and support if you are worried about any adult or child.Multi-Agency Screening Team: 01422 393336

Out of hours Emergency Duty Team: 01422 288000.

https://safeguarding.calderdale.gov.uk/

Open Minds Partnership (the new name for Calderdale CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)If parent/carers, young people or professionals have concerns about the emotional health of a young person, please contact the First Point of Contact01422 300 001

firstpointofcontact@calderdalecamhs.org.uk

https://calderdalecamhs.org.uk/

Calderdale Council coronavirus advice and updatesProvides links to information including financial support, food banks, mental health, domestic abuse and support for migrantshttps://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/
coronavirus/advice-and-updates
C & K CareersCareers advice and guidance for Calderdale

and Kirklees residents aged 13+

https://ckcareersonline.org.uk/

01484 213856 chat@ckcareers.org.uk

Staying well at home and what to do if your child is unwell

NHS 111 onlineOnline COVID-19 symptom checkerhttps://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
NHS and Government adviceNHS coronavirus advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/
coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Lullaby TrustProvides safe sleep advice and advice on coronavirus for if you are pregnant or have a young childhttps://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-
advice/coronavirus-and-caring-for-your- baby/
RCOGCoronavirus infection and pregnancy information for pregnant women and their familieshttps://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-
research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-
pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-
pregnancy/
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Healthier TogetherAdvice for parents during coronavirus on how to manage common childhood illnesses and when/where to seek medical adviceDownload PDF
UnicefAdvice on infant feeding and breastfeeding during the coronavirus outbreakWebsite Link
Institute for Health VisitingTop Tips for Parents: advice on looking after your new baby from when they are born to when they go to schoolhttps://ihv.org.uk/families/top-tips/
Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)Preventing accidents in the homehttps://www.capt.org.uk/News/preventing-
accidents-in-the-home

Helping children and young people to understand COVID 19

The Children’s CommissionerChildren’s guide to coronavirus: aims to answer children’s questions, tell them how to stay safe and protect other people, and how to make the best of their time at homehttps://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk
/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cco-childrens
-guide-to-coronavirus.pdf
– PDF Download
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation TrustCoronavirus fact sheet for childrenhttps://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resou
rces/campaigns/101/resources/5093
BBC NewsCoronavirus: Keep it simple, stick to facts – how parents should tell kidshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51734855
BBC NewsroundCoronavirus: What is being done to tackle the virus?https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
Coronavirus: a book for childrenFree digital book to help primary-aged children to understand coronavirus, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the Illustrator of The Gruffalohttps://nosycrow.com/wp- content/uploads/
2020/04/Coronavirus-A- Book-for-Children.pdf
– PDF Download
My Hero is You: how kids can fight COVID-19Free digital book to help primary-aged children to understand coronavirushttps://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2020/4/
5e8ecdba4/childrens-storybook-released- help
-children-young-people-cope-covid- 19.html

Responding to children and young people’s anxiety about COVID 19

ChildlineTelephone and online support for children and young peoplehttps://www.childline.org.uk/ 0800 11 11
Open Minds CalderdaleEmotional health and wellbeing information, support, advice and signposting for children, young people and families in Calderdale, including support around coronavirus.http://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk/
Public Health EnglandGovernment guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreakhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/
covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-
and-young-peoples-mental-health-and- wellbeing
/guidance-for-parents-and-carers- on-supporting
-children-and-young-peoples- mental-health-and
-wellbeing-during-the- coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
World Health Organisation (WHO)Helping Children Cope with Stress during the COVID 19 outbreakhttps://www.who.int/docs/default- source/coronaviruse
/helping-children-cope- with-stress-print.pdf
– PDF Download

Bereavement support for children and young people during COVID 19

Child Bereavement UKSupports children facing bereavementhttps://www.childbereavementuk.org/ 0800 028 8840
Grief EncounterInformation and advice on supporting bereaved children, young people and families during the Coronavirus pandemichttps://www.griefencounter.org.uk/
young-people/
0808 802 0111
Winston’s WishSupport for children and their families after the death of a parent or siblinghttp://www.winstonswish.org/ 0808 802 0021
Open Minds CalderdaleOpen Minds Calderdale Bereavement supporthttp://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk/
bereavement-support

Looking after parent and carer wellbeing during COVID 19

NHS Every Mind MattersTips and advice to support your mental wellbeing while staying at homehttps://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips
Citizens adviceCoronavirus: what it means for you, including information on what to do if you are worried about having less money because of coronavirushttps://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/
coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you
RelateAdvice and tips for helping your relationships stay healthy during COVID-19https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/
covid-19-advice-and-information
The Lucy Faithfull FoundationConfidential helpline for anyone concerned about their or someone else’s behaviour0808 1000 900
Active CalderdaleIncludes ideas and resources to help you keep active during coronavirushttps://active.calderdale.gov.uk/

Staying safe online during COVID 19

ThinkuknowAdvice for children from age 4 upwards, and parents/carers about how to stay safe onlinehttps://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Net AwareA guide to keeping children safe on social networks, apps and gameshttps://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Internet mattersPractical tips to help children benefit from the internet safely and smartlyhttps://www.internetmatters.org
Parent infoSupport for parents and carers to keep their children safe onlinehttps://parentinfo.org/
NSPCCOnline safety advice for parentshttps://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety

Support for children and young people with additional needs

Calderdale Local Offer for children with special needs or disabilitiesInformation on services and support in Calderdale for children and young people aged 0 – 25, with special educational needs and disabilitieshttps://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents

/education-and-learning/local-offer/send

ContactCoronavirus information for parents of disabled childrenhttps://www.contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-
information-for-families-with-disabled-children/
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental HealthCoronavirus, and helping children with autismhttps://www.acamh.org/
National Autistic SocietyCoronavirus resources for autistic people and familieshttps://www.autism.org.uk/services
/helplines/coronavirus/resources
National Children’s BureauOpen letter from the Children’s Minister to children with SEND and their familiesNCB Open Letter Link Here
National Deaf Children’s SocietyCOVID-19 (coronavirus): support for deaf childrenhttps://www.ndcs.org.uk/covid-19-

coronavirus-support-for-deaf-children/

Things to do while staying at home during COVID 19

Government Department for EducationDetails of online education resources for home educationhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/
coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resource
BBC BitesizeGovernment recommended daily lessons and resources for primary, secondary and post 16 pupils, including celebrity sessions!https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Oak National AcademyGovernment recommended video lessons, across a broad range of subjects for every year group in primary and secondary schoolhttps://www.thenational.academy/
Calderdale Council50 things to do in Calderdale before you’re 5! A Free app with low cost and no cost activities for children from birth – 5 years oldhttps://calderdale.50thingstodo.org/app/os
Public Health EnglandActive Imaginations – ideas for exercise in the home for children aged 2 – 4 yearshttps://www.activeimaginations.co.uk/
Joe Wicks, The Body CoachDaily PE lessons for all ages 9.00-9.30amhttps://www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv
Book Trust – Getting children readingFree online books and videos, games, win prizes, quizzes, and learn how to draw favourite charactershttps://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading
/have-some-fun
World Book DayStay at home ideas including audio books and craft ideashttps://www.worldbookday.com/
David Walliams – authorDavid Walliams reads a free story every dayhttps://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com
British Red CrossPower of kindness calendar: how children and young people can practise kindness every day during the coronavirus emergencyhttps://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/
teaching-resources/kindness-calendar
BBC CbeebiesThings to do indoors with your childrenhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/
things-to-do-indoors-with-your-children
?collection=have-fun-at-home
Hungry Little MindsSimple fun activities for 0-5 year oldshttps://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
BBC Tiny Happy PeopleActivities and advice to help develop your child’s communication and language skillshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people
British Cycling: Ready Set RideHelping children to learn to ride a bike, including activity calendar and online videoshttps://www.britishcycling.org.uk/getinvolved
/article/20200325-getinvolved-Getting-the-most
-out-of-HSBC-UK-Ready-Set-Rid-0
Calderdale Library ServiceBooks are available for FREE by joining Calderdale library service. You can open an account for your child as soon as they are born, giving access to 3,000 eAudiobooks, 4,500 eBooks, and over 1,500 eComicsYou can join the library at https://www.calderdale.gov.uk
/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/join-library
.
BMW EducationSafe on the Streets animated road safety education for 7-11 year oldshttps://bmweducation.co.uk/safe-on-the- streets/
Google Arts and CultureTake virtual tours and discover new places across the world from your homehttps://artsandculture.google.com/

 

 

TBRP Covid-19 – UPDATE

Updated: 5th January 2021

We know COVID-19 has affected our recovery communities in a big way.  Keeping you and the rest of the community safe has been and continues to be, our priority.  All our hubs meet the COVID-19 secure guidance and we are providing limited face to face group meetings.  These are restricted and are only available through your keyworker at Recovery Steps (Calderdale) or CHART (Kirklees) Mutual Aid groups will also continue with limited numbers and social distancing guidelines in place.

Please do not turn up to a recovery hub without a prior appointment. We will most likely have to turn you away if you do.

If you are unsure about any group attendance please call TBRP prior to leaving your home.

You MUST wear a mask to enter a recovery hub where enhanced COVID-19 screening, sanitising and temperature checks remain in place.

Please also NOTE that we will be ventilating our hubs further, leaving windows and doors open where it is safe to do so.  As a result, the temperature inside the hubs will be much lower than usual so come prepared.

The latest timetables can be found HERE but they are subject to change (and at short notice) so please check with the office or our Facebook Groups to ensure you have the most up to date information.

You can keep up to date with the latest news, support services, online meetings etc. and offer and receive support by joining our community recovery support Facebook Groups, CalderdaleinRecovery and KirkleesinRecovery.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or our partners at Calderdale Recovery Steps or CHART.

In our efforts to host face to face groups and manage our hubs, we have limited capacity to run Zoom meetings.  These will be phased out for our main group work but will continue for social connection.  If you need help installing Zoom, here is a useful article: Getting Started with Zoom at TBRP.

We thank you in advance for your continued support and cooperation.

In addition to joining the community groups, don’t forget to LIKE the FB pages too:

The Basement Recovery Project Facebook page.

Calderdale in Recovery Facebook page.

Kirklees in Recovery Facebook page.

Marie’s Story

We are grateful to Marie for writing and sharing her addiction recovery story with us.  We hope you find her story inspiring and it gives you the confidence to get in touch with us to see how we may be able to help you.  As we always say, we can’t make that call for you, but we can help you every step of the way after that.

“I first got drunk when I was about 13. A friend had got hold of a couple of litres of vodka and we were at another friend’s house sharing it around. I hated the taste but I loved the feeling it gave me. I drank enough to make me really poorly but it didn’t put me off. These one-off binges would happen every so often through my teenage years but it was when I started university in 2008 that my drinking really took off.” …

 

Welcome to The Kindness Hub – Todmorden

The Basement Recovery Project is pleased to announce the opening of our new hub in Todmorden – The Kindness Hub

The hub will officially open its doors for public viewing on March 6th 2020 between 1pm and 3pm. You are welcome to come along.

 

The Wellness Hub Todmorden Invitation

 

Todmorden Kindness Hub

Kindness: Believe there is good in the world

In the wet hills of Yorkshire, the community of Todmorden is at the forefront of a movement that is picking up momentum across a UK disillusioned with corporate business, government and cuts. It is neither hippy nor New Age but is made up of ordinary people, old and young, from both affluent homes and social housing. Call it a sharing revolution. Talk about community empowerment, social enterprise, co-operatives (it has various titles) but this asset-based approach leads to local members taking over the infrastructure of their community.

Having supported the development of the recovery community in Todmorden over the last few years we believe the next strategic step is to sustain a ‘grassroots’ hub offering vital and meaningful services anchored in the heart of the community. Our Kindness hub is a revolutionary venue that’s so much more than your usual community space. We hope to provide a truly welcoming, creative and intelligent space where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can potentially dine, hang out, socialise and relax.

Primarily we have a venue for our community cafe right in the heart of the Town centre that allows local people who are energetic, driven, optimistic, and aspirationally based to have a focal point for their activities. Our aim is to make a contribution to the local community based on the principles of caring and communitarianism. We will encourage participation in community life and ‘giving something back’ by making a commitment to community involvement and engagement.

Our space will be a welcoming, creative hub where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can meet, socialise and relax. The hub has a wider potential to offer a range of opportunities for people to support each other and develop, personally and socially. As well as hosting our therapeutic programmes we hope to build on our existing partnerships with local businesses, incredible edible, community arts providers and work closely with local artists, musicians, poets and performers to offer a wide range of entertaining, educational and inspirational social events. There will be an opportunity to develop social enterprise activity, giving people in the locality the opportunity to gain skills and experience, as well as access training and qualifications.

The project will create the opportunity for both the statutory partners and the recovery community to share space and offer a greater level of visibility with more flexible opening hours. Significantly, we will provide more dignity and discretion for those we support, allowing them to reconnect and in doing so hope to provide a sense of ownership in the building for the community we support.

Running for your life – a couch to 5k review

You will have seen The Basement Recovery Project message, “Freedom from Drink, Freedom From Drugs, Freedom from Addiction… Freedom from FEAR”  Our whole recovery programme is about this – Freedom.  Joshua J Marine said, “Challenges are what makes life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful“.  For many, giving up substances is filled with fear, even for those who are not physically, mentally and emotionally addicted, there is often a fear of giving something up.  Quitting after many years of substance use is a huge accomplishment, but it’s not the end goal.  The end goal is to turn your life around, find purposeful meaning.   We offer many routes for people to find purpose again.  Bernadette is a great example and we are proud of her achievements.  Here are a few words from her about the Couch to 5K programme with Kev.

The first time I went to the track to participate in the 0 to 5k programme I felt apprehensive. I had previously tried several times to complete the programme on the treadmill at the gym. And I had only got to week 3/4 before quitting. The track looked huge and intimidating. I nearly turned back to go home and I questioned my sanity, I wasn’t a runner. Runners don’t look like me, nearly 50 and overweight. But everyone was very welcoming, and I decided to stay.

After the warm-up. Kev and I started to run around the track. I struggled to even do one lap. I couldn’t ever imagine running around it without stopping, and I certainly thought that running around it 12 times to complete 5k was impossible. With encouragement from Kev, after 8 weeks of the programme I eventually completed 12 laps of the track, and it was a fantastic feeling. I later completed a Huddersfield park run and that was a perfect day. I had had my park run barcode for about 4 years but didn’t have the motivation to go. I was so happy to run 5k. I felt like a hero.

Best of all, my daughter said she was proud of me, which felt amazing because she hasn’t ever had an opportunity to feel proud of me before. Running has given me self respect, confidence, well-being and laughter. The highs I get from running beat any received from using a substance.

The friends I’ve made through running are genuine and supportive. My life has changed because of this programme. It has influenced many areas of my life. My nutrition has improved, I now eat more fruit and vegetables and drink more water because I want my body to be well enough to continue running for many years to come.

Kev is an amazing coach. He really looks after us all. His passion for running is infectious and his knowledge of all things running is vast. I couldn’t have achieved any of this without his mentoring.

I am very grateful.
Bernadette

Read more about Kev and the Couch to 5K in his own story: Running for Recovery.