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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 …

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!

Luke.

 

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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!

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How life changes when you’re in Recovery

A few weeks ago, I went on a weekend trip to Ingleton with friends from Calderdale in Recovery. We were also joined by people from Kirklees in Recovery – which was nice as I got the chance to make new friends. We stayed at a place called ‘Pinecroft’ in a massive log cabin.

It was a beautiful few days away with some lovely people. We were all blessed with some lovely weather which made it even nicer! I had actually been to Pinecroft before (about two years ago when I was quite early into my recovery). I realise now that back then I didn’t fully appreciate the beauty of the nature, the greenery, the waterfalls and the wildlife. This time around, however, I did. This is because whilst being in recovery I have learned to look at the beauty of the things around me in a different way. To appreciate them and to have gratitude.

On Saturday, different groups of people chose to do different things. For me, it was a great day that I will always remember. About ten of us walked to the Ingleton Waterfalls and then walked around them. From start to finish it was fantastic. From walking along and seeing the beauty of the place, eating sandwiches next to the stream and even taking my shoes off and having a paddle, to getting covered in water from a bit of a water fight! It was a good few days in the life of Colin!

Before I came into recovery my weekends would have been so different. I would have spent most of my time isolating indoors. I would only go outside to find ways and means of getting more drugs – like shop lifting or trying to get my sister to give me money. I would never have noticed the beauty of anything around me.

But, thanks to The Basement Recovery Project and Calderdale in Recovery, I no longer need to live that life and now I have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities that I would never have done before. I would encourage anyone in Recovery to get involved in things like the weekend away staying at Pinecroft. It’s great to socialise with others in recovery who understand what you have been through. The whole experience was good for my mind, body and soul.

Colin.

Magical Music Recovery Evening

Calderdale Recovery Steps Music Event

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Calderdale Recovery Steps held its debut gig on Saturday 21st May to raise money for Home-Start Calderdale, a national family support charity that helps parents to build better lives for their children. The musical evening took place in the Gothic splendor of Todmorden Unitarian Church, which was acquired by the Historic Chapels Trust after the church closed in 1987 and restored, and is now a regular meeting place for Incredible Edible Project Todmorden.

For many people music provides solace, inspiration and healing. Tom Petty described it as;

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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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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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