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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.

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…

Two new helplines to launch supporting people affected by drug or alcohol use

The amazing volunteers at The Basement Recovery Project and Calderdale in Recovery are offering their help, experience and hope to others.

Navigating your way from active addiction and into recovery can be overwhelming, whether you are the person using or a friend or relative trying to help.

From Monday 24th August, we will have two dedicated support lines to help.  Becky’s line will be available for people who need that bit of extra support out of office hours (5pm – 10pm), or who may find themselves in crisis.  If you are struggling, don’t hesitate to call the line.

The carers line is for anyone affected by someone’s drinking or drug use (or both).  If you are needing help or advice, don’t know what to do or where to turn, you can call the Carers Support line.

Both lines are manned by people in recovery from drug/alcohol addiction or who have been affected by someone else’s. They have possibly been where you are now.

You can download PDF versions for printing on the Downloads Page of our website.

 

Slow the Flow – It’s not about drugs – but then again, it is.

Hi, I’m a volunteer/client with The Basement Recovery Project and have been for two months now.  When I first moved into Halifax and started getting help from TBRP, I was broken.  I was broken physically, emotionally and financially and I’d been a huge problem to my community for many years, sucking the life out of the system and services.

Going through the TBRP programme, something had “clicked”.  Something has changed this time. I no longer wanted to be a leech to society and wanted to give back.  I was quickly introduced to Kev, one of the Basement Recovery Builders and I have to say, what an inspiration he is.  We are now really good friends. Kev talked about volunteering with an organisation called Slow the Flow, which helps slow the waters of mother nature.  Last year, if you remember, many areas around Rochdale, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden etc suffered life-changing floods due to heavy rain. Their plan was to build fashionable but purposeful means to slow the flow of rainwater into the local drainage systems and came up with such a great idea (rain garden planters) that I wanted to help.

Me, Kev and two other friends went down and got stuck in. Following a few firsts, like working hard and working for free, I had the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, Councillor Carol Stow who officially ‘opened’ the planters with a bit of a party and ceremony. It was the first time in my life that I had met a public figure not only for the right reasons, but to be recognised for all the hard work we did, as a team, together.

I explained what the idea was and how we quickly got down to business. I told Councillor Stow about the sense of pride and happiness felt by a man that, months earlier, couldn’t stop stealing and taking drugs to now being clean and doing stuff for nothing. Getting involved in a project like this not only helps to stop the rainwater, but it helps to stop the madness surrounding active addiction, it’s beyond priceless and I look forward to getting involved in more volunteering work.

Sincerely,

Joe D.

It is easy to feel complacent in this beautiful summer of hot, dry weather – but heavy rainfall now could easily result in surface water flooding, as hard, dry ground sheds water more easily to the drains. For inspiration on the many ways to help Slow The Flow in urban areas, please visit our ‘You Can Slow The Flow’ pages: http://slowtheflow.net/you-can-slow-the-flow/

From Community Voice to Trainee Recovery Worker

Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) works with, and supports, around 40 ‘Community Voices’ who talk to people throughout Kirklees about changes and developments in their local healthcare.

These dedicated volunteers give communities a louder voice and help to make sure that health services are developed in response to the needs of local people.

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Volunteer Presentation Ceremony

In recognition of all those who volunteer within DISC and The Basement Recovery Project, Christina Howard and Andy Bryant planned and produced a special Volunteer Appreciation Presentation Ceremony held at the Basement on Wednesday 1st June 2016, which coincided nicely with National Volunteers Week. A local celebrity, in the form of the recently elected Mayor of Halifax, was cordially invited to hand out the ‘Certificates of Appreciation’ to all those who were able to attend, which was roughly about seventy five percent of us and, when all sat together, we made a rather large group of particularly attractive people.

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Incredible Edible Harvest Festival

Myself, Mark C and Rick G got down to Todmorden for nine o’clock with no real idea of what was in store for us. Surprises can go either way but at least you get the suspense to start your nerves going.

When we arrived it was very misty and cold. We made our way to Pollination Street to find out what fate had in store for us. My first thought was to look at the number of tents and gazebo bags and think we must be attempting some kind of record. There was a huge tent that was the first task. The enormity of the situation was further magnified and complicated by the fact that there appeared to be components of more than one huge tent.

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Volunteering at TBRP

My name is Marion Matley. I am 23 years old and I’m currently studying for a diploma in Health Care studies. I approached The Basement Recovery Project in January of 2014 to gain more experience and understanding in different areas of Social Care and to do a work placement through college.

I think there is some prejudice towards addicts and they are not fully understood in society, Read more