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Overgate Colour Run

Last year I wasn’t confident enough to do the colour run but went and watched everyone having a great time.

Seeing it made me realise you didn’t have to be a great runner, just up for a laugh.

Soooo…… I signed up for it this year and was so glad that I did as it was fab.

There were even more people running, jogging or walking this time. 30+ of us from recovery alone, including the Huddersfield Ladies (KiR) (sending them big hugs and sure we’ll up to something again soon).

From meeting up to looking like we’d been in a paint factory explosion and departing, there were laughs and, of course, the usual banter.

Not forgetting, of course, what we were doing it for, such a wonderful cause ‘Overgate Hospice

I’m hoping I’ll be around and free for next years shenanigans

Thank you, Calderdale in Recovery


Small Steps in the Right Direction

Someone once said ‘small steps in the right direction can turn out to be the biggest steps of our lives

For those of us living in recovery, this is familiar to us. It came to me when we embarked on a family walking group through Calderdale In Recovery (CiR) on a sunny Sunday morning. Adults and children with the obligatory dogs, Walter & Elliot.

The walk was easy and relaxing, circling the lovely shimmering waters of Ogden reservoir via woodland paths. It was a fabulous opportunity to chat with friends we know and to meet and chat with their loved ones who share the challenges of living with and loving a recovering addict.

Peace and fun was the order of the day, excited children and adults looking for Calderdale rocks and encountering the beauty of nature while searching for dock leaves to ease nettle stings and chasing dogs who decided to go walkabout. There were choices of routes and paths but one thing for sure was we were all heading in the right direction, together and enjoying the journey.

I thought of all the Sunday mornings wasted recovering from the night before, and what a joy the days are now.

Finally, we meet up with other more energetic pals on their bikes off on a long ride. We can’t all do the long walks (not yet at least), but we can all enjoy the fun of being well and of each others company, and our loved ones can enjoy the support and care that we have at our fingertips, in a relaxed way.

If you are new to recovery or an ‘old timer’ I’d thoroughly recommend one of the CiR organised short walks.


Next walk is Sunday 24th June.  Keep an eye out on Calderdale in Recovery Facebook page for further walks.

Next family friendly walk – this Sunday 24th June.

Posted by Calderdale in Recovery on Monday, 18 June 2018

Calderdale Community Recovery Builders Action Plan

Our aim is simple: To champion alcohol and drug addiction recovery in our local communities, and to demonstrate that you can get well in the same place where you became ill. We do this on a regular basis while working towards the strategic aims and objectives of Calderdale in Recovery by aligning our activities to a set of key actions described here …

Alcoholism affects the whole family – and so does recovery!

The Basement Recovery Project is and has been an invaluable source of friendship and support not just for my partner as he found his feet in recovery but for the whole family throughout and beyond.

Tough Mudder 2017 with CiR

calderdale in recovery - tough mudder participantsI had heard of Tough Mudder before, but I can’t say it is something I would have given much thought to in the past. To be perfectly honest, in the past, I was far too consumed by paranoia and self-pity to even consider the idea that Tough Mudder was something I could complete or that it was something that I would actually enjoy doing! When I was still actively using drugs and had not yet found recovery, there was absolutely no chance that it was something I would have done.

Tough Mudder is a brilliant team building event. It is exhilarating and fun. It tests your physical and mental abilities. It is about twelve miles long with about twenty obstacles along the way. Some of the obstacles included electrocution, others jumping into ice cold water and then there were the ones where you had to climb and have the strength to get over them – as well as helping others to get around the course!

I was actually pretty excited when I was asked if I wanted to take part with eleven others from Calderdale in Recovery. Through taking part in few activities since coming into recovery I am (slowly but surely!) learning to overcome any anxieties that I may have around them and just get involved! I am yet to regret it and usually end up really enjoying myself!

The whole day was funny from the minute we got on the mini bus. Jo doing her usual live feeds and Chris putting his heart in soul into singing along to a Vanessa May song!

There are quite a few moments that stood out. It was nice that I was able to help some of the others get around some of the obstacles and it was lovely how grateful they were for my help. There were also moments when I needed help myself – and I was surrounded by fantastic people to support me, all of whom just wanted to make sure that we all made it round. I felt part of a great team; it was a real bonding experience.

At one point, we reached a section called ‘mud mile’ – where you had to clamber over big mounds of mud and through water. They were blasting out ‘Gangham Style’ through the speakers. I turned around to see Jo and Sam dancing away (whilst all the other people around us were looking pretty serious and drained at this point). Next Kev started dancing and I couldn’t help but join in. Every time we got to the top of one the mounds we stopped and danced. I think everyone else thought we were mad – but it was a right laugh. Looking back at the video of this makes me smile and it’ll definitely be a happy memory that stays with me!

I also had loads of fun play fighting in the mud with Jay and Sy. They might take any opportunity to take the mickey – which is usually funny – but I knew that if I needed support at any point doing the obstacles they would be there to help me if they could.

At the end of the day and even still now looking back on it I feel quite proud of myself. I was absolutely shattered at the end of it – but in a good way, like I had achieved something!

If anyone was thinking about getting involved with any of the Calderdale in Recovery activities but were unsure I would encourage them to do it;

Don’t hesitate – life is for living innit!



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Fundraising for a Town Centre Defibrillator

Calderdale in Recovery meet with Holly Lynch MP to discuss fundraising for a new defibrillator for Halifax

Calderdale in Recovery meet with Holly Lynch MP to discuss fundraising for a new defibrillator for Halifax

Within the past week or so we have started promoting a new project within Calderdale in Recovery. The hope is that we will raise enough funds to purchase a defibrillator that will be accessible in Halifax Town Centre 24 hours a day. If someone suffers a heart attack then quick access to this equipment can literally mean life or death.

I’m told that, currently, there are at least 6 accessible defibs in Sowerby Bridge and three in Todmorden (purchased through some impressive fundraising in those local communities) so I find it shocking that we do not have one in Halifax town centre that can be accessed by anyone who needs it at any time of day.

Many of the members of Calderdale in Recovery feel compelled to give something back to our community – something that we already do by supporting local projects such as Incredible Edible and Slow the Flow project. Many people who have seen their lives consumed by drug addiction and alcoholism appreciate the assistance, support and kindness that has helped them to come out the other side. It is also no secret that when in the grip of this horrible illness, individuals can have somewhat negative effects on those closest to them and the wider community – so once abstinent many are keen to give something back and make amends.

We have a few ideas up our sleeves for fundraising and raising awareness and we would really appreciate any donation through the JustGiving page – you never know, it maybe you or a loved one that benefits from a defibrillator in the future!

This week we met with Holly Lynch MP who was thrilled to hear about this project and the work of Calderdale in Recovery – she also gave us some good ideas for how to reach our goals.

If anyone wants to get involved or support this project in any way then they should definitely speak to a Calderdale in Recovery Builder via their Facebook Page! Let’s do this!


Donate via the JustGiving Page

Durham Recovery Walk 2015

September was the 26th International National Recovery Month where we as individuals who have reclaimed our lives can really promote and celebrate the virtues of what being in recovery actually means. We do this not just with each other but by offering ourselves as living proof of recovery, a visible presence of hope to those that still suffer whilst challenging stereotypes, judgements and myths about addiction.durham-recovery-walk-2015-the-basement-project5

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Quizaoke – Get it wrong, you sing a song!

I was sitting in the office, minding my own business and doing some work on the computer (yes I do do that sometimes!) when one word made my ears prick up, my heart beat faster and had me jumping to my feet. ‘Karaoke’.

Back in the day (before active addiction turned me in to a quivering, self-conscious wreck) Karaoke had been a favourite past time of mine. People tell me I can sing and I have a natural attraction to the limelight. With my confidence returned, thanks to recovery, I was desperate to give it another go!

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Celebration of Recovery

It was a stunning late summer day as I walked down to Halifax Minster.

calderdale-in-recovery---halifax-minsterMaybe a little nervous and apprehensive but mainly excited that this was happening. This was the first time a service to celebrate recovery had been held in Halifax so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. People seemed keen and this gave me the hope there may be a decent turnout.

The choir had set off down before me and they were in their seats and limbering up by the time I arrived. A couple of sound checks later and they seemed ready for the performance. It must have been a little nervy for them as there was still a while before the service started. It didn’t seem like two minutes later when the Deputy Mayor arrived. I introduced myself and explained what the service was about and then I showed him and his consort to their seats. It was pretty much time for the service to start and as I had been distracted I hadn’t noticed how much the church had filled up. I felt a few butterflies now as I knew I would have to speak in front of everybody before too long. I didn’t want to look behind me and have a proper look at how many had come but I had a fair idea.

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It’s a tough life in Recovery

The Warm Up

Tough Mudder Boot Camp Weekend

tbrp-tough-mudder-logoThe hardy souls (fools) who were committed to the Tough Mudder challenge set off from Halifax in various vehicles on Friday lunchtime. I and six others found ourselves in the luxury of the fun bus; a mode of transport befitting people of high station and noble enterprise. By Basement standards the journey was uneventful, incident wise, but we did pass through some of the most beautiful and inspiring countryside in Britain. There were the few obligatory wrong turns but nothing of any note. The final leg took us to what seemed like the only building in a fifteen mile radius, fantastic! (that wasn’t sarcasm).

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Calderdale Inter-Services Football Tournament 2014

In the lead up to the World Cup this summer The Basement Recovery Project, in partnership with Foundation and the Job Centre organised a football tournament to bring individuals together who use the various services across the Calderdale area.

Taking part were teams from Lifeline, Conn3ct, TBRP together with two teams from Foundation (Lancashire and Leeds) who sponsored the event.

It was a great event and some close matches being played, but the TBRP team went on to win the final match. Well done guys !

Race for Life

Thankfully after a fortnight of high temperatures, we had a great fresh climate for those who had gathered to run their Race for Life on Savile Park in Halifax. Race for Life is the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK. Money raised from this event has a huge impact on the work of Cancer Research UK. Race for Life began in 1994 in Battersea Park with 680 participants. They have made some fantastic progress since then. This is thanks to the many who keep coming back, year-on-year, to the events and raising money to fund their life-saving work. Today there are over 230 5k or 10k events across the UK as well as some brand new events, Race for Life Twilight and Race for Life Pretty Muddy, which are raising money to beat all 200 types of cancer sooner. Since Race for Life started, an incredible six million participants have raised over £493million. The work by Cancer Research UK has contributed to an overall drop of around 16 per cent in the death rate from all cancers since Race for Life began.

Here are some of the thoughts of those taking part:

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Feeling at home in Doncaster

The football team went to the Keepmoat football stadium in Doncaster for a 7-a-side tournament. We played six group matches in which we won five and lost one. We got to the final and won on penalties. The star of the day had to be our own would-be Joe Hart, Stan! He’s a loyal hard working goal keeper who saved our bacon on numerous occasions.

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Calderdale in Recovery ‘United’

calderdaleinrecoveryfootball7I was sent a request to enter a team(s) into the Peter Hearn 5-a-side memorial competition to be held in Bradford on the Friday the 30th November. I asked Simon Hayes, our Recovery football coach if we could get some guys together who are in recovery from all services in Calderdale to sign up and play football for a the charity match in Bradford.

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Calderdale in Recovery Goes On-line

Earlier this month we were given a preview of a new and exciting website especially designed for the recovery community; for those working in the field, those who are in recovery themselves and for those wishing to enter recovery, as well as all those who support the journey; friends, family and loved ones, all the local services involved, directly or indirectly; CSMS, Project Colt, Lifeline, Al-anon, AA, NA, Housing, Employment, Training and Education etc, as well of course – TBRP.

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Calderdale in Recovery FC

Blackburn Rovers Community TrustOh the beautiful game, the beautiful game… I’m talking about football of course because we now have a 5 a-side footy team and it’s called “Calderdale in Recovery”. Well, I say “we” but it is open for all services to get involved. At the moment it’s just the Basement Recovery Project and CSMS and let me tell you we have a got a great bond from both services. Well I’ll crack on shall I and tell you how we have been doing and how you can get involved. It started a few months ago and do you know what? I was on this team for all of half an hour because just as I was getting into my new career as a 5-a-side football star I rolled over on my ankle tore a ligament. My career was over before it had even started. Anyway enough about me, let’s talk about the real footballers.

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In Memory – 4th Annual Liverpool Vigil

4th Annual Liverpool VigilCalderdale was represented at the 4th Annual Liverpool Vigil, hosted by Action on Addiction, for those lost to addiction and Alcoholism. It was a bittersweet evening as a group braved the journey over the Pennines to pay their respects to people who have died, both in Calderdale and across the North-West. Speaking to our reporter, Francis said, “It is a poignant reminder that this illness kills, but at the same time, it reminds us of the gratitude we have for those who have found the path to Recovery”. Sadly, the roll-call from Calderdale continues to grow, and it is an intense, moving almost frightening set of names that takes 40 minutes to read out. The most telling is the names of multiple family names, depicting generation after generation who are lost forever.

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