31 Aug 2016

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

Recovery Festival this Friday

A festival that celebrates the achievements of those in recovery from alcohol and other drugs will take place later this week.

Established in 2013, the Recovery Festival is a free event which aims to celebrate recovery from addiction, bringing together recovery-based communities from across the South-West. This includes peer-led community groups, their family and friends, and also a wide range of treatment service providers.

The festival is planned, organised and hosted by people passionate about recovery from substance misuse and addiction, whether they are in recovery, working towards it or providing services to support those affected by it.

Councillor Fi Hance, Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “The Recovery Festival is a fantastic way to mark the inspirational journey so many people have made, and show others what support and advice is available to them.

“Most of us have family members and friends whose use of alcohol and other drugs affects their lives.  This is a chance to find out what we can all do to minimise the harm caused and support people into healthier lifestyles.

“We hope that this event will show that change is possible and give hope to individuals and families affected by addiction.”

The festival is packed with live entertainment and guest speakers to help celebrate and showcase the achievements and talents of people in recovery from across the South West.

This will include a variety of local musicians, bands, poets, artists and filmmakers. Following last year’s success, the Bristol’s Recovery Choir ‘Rising Voices’ and the ‘Step Ladder’ drama group, will make a welcome return.

Guest speaker Kevin C. Dooley, who has experienced prison, addiction and homelessness, will be recounting his inspirational story which shows that change is possible for anyone.

Vivienne Norton, Chair of the Recovery Festival Committee, said: “Whether you’re in recovery yourself, supporting a loved-one, looking to begin treatment or have recently started – the Recovery Festival is open for everyone and is a great opportunity to join people in sharing strengths, hopes and achievements.

“The day will feature a selection of great food and refreshments, as well as alternative therapies, taster support-groups, and the opportunity to browse the stalls of local services to find out what opportunities are available near you.”

The Recovery Festival takes place on Friday 2 September 9.30am-4.30pm at the Broadmead Baptist Church, Union Street. Entry is free.